Ladies that UX Manchester: Graduate Interview with Rachel Harrison

We recently caught up with Rachel Harrison (UX Designer and part time book nerd) who not only spent the last year managing Ladies that UX Manchester’s social media channels but also recently graduated from Digital Media & Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) with 1st Class Honours!

Here’s our chat…

Hi Rachel, to start with can you tell us a bit about how you’ve been involved with Ladies that UX Manchester whilst studying?
While in my final year at University I started to help manage the social media platforms, and met up with the lovely organisers to try help come up with some great monthly events.

It was fantastic to be part of the panel about “getting into UX” at The Shed (MMU) back in March. Did you learn anything interesting from that event that helped you?
The main thing that stood out for me at the March event was that everyone on the panel had such a different story about how they’ve got into the industry which was really great to hear. These stories have made me realise that it’s okay to change career/ direction whenever you want in life, and if you’re passionate about something you will eventually reach your end goal.

What are your plans now that you have finished studying?
Now that I’ve finally finished education I am looking for my first full time job in the digital industry! I first had hopes for a Junior UX role, however now I’m just eager to get experience in the industry and see what path it takes me on!

Who are your favourite design, UX agencies or organisations?
Recently I have been spending half of my spare time looking (and dreaming) about holidays that I can go on next, so I’d say my favourite has got to be travel companies. I constantly go on Skyscanner to try find any cheap flights to random locations, that’s a good little website and it doesn’t make me shout at my laptop because the website is rubbish.. so that’s a good thing right?

What would be your dream job?
I love Elephants and I think it would be amazing to work with them, they’re such intelligent animals and I’d love to learn more about them. They just fascinate me!

You recently won the Programme Leaders Prize – can you tell us what that is about?

After receiving a letter telling me I’d won the prize I was really chuffed, but a little bit in the dark about why exactly I had won it. I spoke to my lecturers and found out that I received the prize for Outstanding Achievement on my course, as I got the highest degree. Safe to say winning this prize made my graduation even more of a special day!

You can follow Rachel on twitter here…


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