The world of UX is a vast one – with an increasingly large number of specialisms and learning opportunities to choose from. But don’t let this intimidate or deter you, keep reading and you’ll find the top must-have skills one needs to learn when first taking the plunge, and key features to look out for in a UX Design course.
1. How to understand human behaviour (user research and testing)
A key part of the job is putting yourself in the users’ shoes to figure out what problems they have and how to solve them. This starts with initial user research and continues on to the testing of prototypes. Here you will see where the user gets confused, if it takes them longer or shorter periods of time to accomplish certain goals, and if anything needs to be added to enrich the user experience. Constantly iterating and improving along the way.
It’s in the nature of the job to collaborate on a daily basis – unless you’re a wizard at design, code, project management, finances and marketing. Collaboration is an inevitable part of the design process.
Being able to collaborate is a skill employers always look for in UX designers. By honing this skill, you’ll be able to efficiently communicate with your clients and the rest of your team, and create a better product.
3. Time spent with UX practitioners
The life of a UX designer can vary from day to day. It is important to know what you’re getting yourself into before jumping in the deep end.
At Experience Haus our studio is based in one of London’s leading design and branding agencies, not in a school. Students come into class inspired by the highly dynamic creative environment, and are able to talk to agency staff as they come and go.
Instructors are also practitioners by day, meaning our students get to learn from real people in the industry and are kept up to date with the latest industry news, tools and processes. By the end of this UX Design course, our students will be ready to hit the ground running.
4. Real projects for your portfolio
Many UX courses provide you with a hypothetical brief to apply your knowledge to, but it’s important to apply your new skills to a real world problem with real constraints and real client expectations. Adapting the theoretical process learned in class to the harsh realities of life outside, and not “go and design a new Amazon app” from the comfort of the classroom.
That’s why at Experience Haus we give each of our students a real brief from a local startup to work on for their final project, so they have a proper project piece in their portfolio when they leave, and the applied skills to match.
What you should do now:
– Speak to us to see if UX is right for you.
– Sign on to our User Experience Design (UX) Part-time Course.
– Get certified in UX in just 6 weeks.
At Experience Haus, we believe students should finish every course with the confidence to enter the field. We place our students in small classes (max. 8 students per class), and individually pair them with local startups to provide them with a live project brief to work on throughout the course. This means each student will complete a piece of work for their design portfolio.