Student Success Story: Vishal Satwani

Vishal completed our 12-week full-time UX/UI Career Development Bootcamp in July 2023. Since the course finished, he has been working as a UX/UI Intern at Wellx and has recently started as a Freelance Product Designer at Semble.

We caught up with him recently to see how the course helped him achieve his goals and any pearls of wisdom for any budding product designers.

Tell us a bit more about what you were doing before you decided to pivot into design?

I was working as a clinical diagnostic radiographer in the NHS and private medical healthcare sector.  

How was training at Experience Haus different from other providers?

Studying at Experience Haus give me the opportunity to fully focus on learning UX and UI skills, whilst being part of an immersive experience where I was able to make great friends and valuable industry connections at the design studio in Shoreditch. 

What was the highlight of your course?

The highlight was presenting my final 6 week capstone project and high fidelity prototype alongside my team member to a room full of people, including the real stakeholder and clients, industry professionals and fellow UX students, past and present.

What was the most challenging part of your learning experience?

The most challenging part was learning to trust the design process, go with the flow and trying to to overthink the final outcome of our projects!

Job Hunting & Your New Role

Where is your new job and what is your role?

Freelance Product Designer at Semble.

How did you find the job search process after you finished the course?

I won’t sugarcoat it – the job market can be exceptionally challenging, particularly for those like myself looking to switch careers; however my open-mindedness, enthusiasm (and a lot of networking!) have led me to secure a UX/UI Internship at Wellx, a health-tech company specialising in health insurance for UAE residents, followed by my current role as a freelance Product Designer at Semble, a leading organisation in the healthtech industry providing innovative digital care delivery solutions to private healthcare providers in the UK. I’m happy to share that I’m finally achieving my aspirations of working in the digital health sector and I’m excited for the challenges each day brings along my journey to create intuitive, accessible and inclusive experiences for all. 

What did a typical working day look like for you 2 years ago?

Two years ago I was working as a MRI radiographer doing 12 hour shifts back-to-back at an acute stroke unit at a busy NHS hospital in London. 

What does a typical working day look like for you now?

I’m still working as a radiographer (on a more manageable, part-time basis), but I now have a much greater work-life balance. I also work as a freelance Product Designer, using my clinical background and experience of working closely with patients and clinicians to offer a human-centred perspective to help improve digital healthcare solutions.

I spend most of my design days collaborating with digital teams with include product managers, designers and engineers to build seamless, easy-to-use and enjoyable experiences.

What are your top 3 tips for preparing for a design interview?

  1. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and show your personality! I think this is the most important thing that sets you apart and will help you shine.
  2. Figure out what it is that you’re passionate about and talk about it. For me, it’s improving healthcare, inclusivity and accessibility
  3. Never stop learning – there’s always new tools to learn and interesting conversations to be had. Immerse yourself and make the most of every opportunity.

What advice do you have for anyone breaking into the industry? Is there anything you wish you’d known when you were first starting out?

Have a back-up plan for when you finish the course. I can’t stress this enough, while facing tough times, don’t be afraid to consider exploring additional job opportunities (or if you’re fortunate to have the option, return to a previous job for financial support). Stay positive and everything will ultimately fall into place!

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Posted on : Thursday November 23, 2023