I’ll do a quick “Christmas Card” summary of how my 2017 year went.
- Still living in Texas and really enjoy it overall compared to Los Angeles. Sure I miss the food, the scenery, my friends and the road trips to wine country. But living is Texas is a much easier way of life.
- I left my contract position with a major financial institution as a UX Researcher in April. It was a tough decision, since I liked with job and my co-workers. But the (previous) manager made working there unbearable and I needed to find a healthy environment for myself personally and professionally.
- I moved on to a security company, which sounded like a golden opportunity. But as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And in this case it was. I was promised opportunities that did not come to fruition. The company (and some superiors) were not ready for a UX Designer and wanted me to perform duties that were not in my job description (like front-end development). Though the work was challenging, and my co-workers were great and eager to have a new product designed, my superiors did not see the value of UX and properly designing a product. I could tell it was time to move on, so I did. I was there for five months.
- Now I am working from home, and adjusting to remote life has been a challenge. I work for a major managed cloud company as a UX designer. Though we have dedicated UX researchers on our staff, I can see how my professional experience in that field is helping me immensely in my new role. First thing about working remotely is that I work way more hours than your standard 9-5 job. I think that this has a lot to do with my newness on the job and often feeling lost. I am devoting a lot of extra time to learn about my industry and products we work on. But I am hopeful in the new year that things will settle down for me and I will work more appropriate hours.
- My vacations were on the small side this year with all of the job changes. Of course we took the usual trips to Indiana and Vegas. We even managed to go to New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Paso Robles and New Orleans. No international trip this year so I am hoping that can come about in 2018.
- Overall, I was a happy year and I am pleased with my professional accomplishments. I’ll be coming out with a new 2018 goals write up soon. Until then, keep on, keeping’ on.
Seems like everyone has a “Year in Review,” or “2017 Wrap Up.” I am going to join the cliché train and talk about my trials and tribulations in 2017.
- I still have my health. ha ha. Actually things were not that bad.
- I have made several new friends in the new career paths and journeys I have joined.
- I actually accomplished some of my 2017 Goals this year. Maybe not everything, but it’s a start.
- I learned Sketch and feel pretty confident with it. But I want to practice it more and get stronger at using the program.
- Continue to grow online presence in Twitter. Do you want to follow me too? I would be honored.
- I did grow my UX network in Dallas. I’ve done a pretty good job, but I want to be more embedded in the UX community here.
- Imposter syndrome will never leave me. No matter where I work, how much I learn, how successful or accomplished I might seem to be. I always feel like I am looking over my shoulder trying to fake everyone out.
- This could be good, but this is also bad. I started, but did not finish, “Design of Everyday Things.” So that has to be bumped to the 2018 to-do list.
- My new job has taken up a lot of my personal time where I should be devoting that time to advancing my career and learning more about UX, Service Design and Customer Experience.
- Working for a company who did not understand UX
- Having a narcissistic boss who thought it was appropriate to try to sabotage your career rather than helping me succeed.
- Changing 3 jobs in a year. Ouch! That can look really bad professionally, and I am stung by that potential perception. But the job changes were all for very good reasons, and I hope that things will settle down in 2018.
OK I know it’s pretty far in to the new year. And in keeping my vow to regularly have blog posts I have been cheating a bit by basically re-posting content. So I am going to reflect on my 2016 goals and see what I can build upon and start anew.
First, let’s look at 2016 goals at the beginning of the year. I think that there are a few of theses I can revisit and try to accomplish in 2017.
- “Design of Everyday Things”
- “Checklist Manifesto”
- “How to Get People to do Stuff”
Write blog posts
- I am shooting to post 25 original blog posts in 2017
Ok so that’s a good reasonable start. I want to add a few more in 2017.
- Become and “expert” in some discipline concerning UX. (Even if I am the only one who thinks I am an expert. ha!)
- Mock up pages in Sketch to enhance portfolio
- Continue to grow online presence in Twitter
- Learn Sketch well enough to mock up several interfaces to expand portfolio and skill set (yep, I wrote that twice)
- Grow my UX network in Dallas
- Learn more about Service Design