With the arrival of the new academic year, we want to turn our focus to getting into UX. We know lots of you are considering or are actively looking to get into UX, whether as a change or progression from your current career or fresh from study. And, among our attendees, we see a broad spectrum of experience and backgrounds too – everything from HCI to customer service, graphic design to psychology and much, much more in between. But it can be hard to know how to get your first step in the industry or how to play to your strengths and experience. That’s why, for our October event, we’re welcoming a fantastic panel of women, with a breadth of experience, to talk about their careers and routes into UX.
You can submit questions to the panel in advance or on the night.
The panel joining us are:
Esra Yetis | Experience Designer, Thoughtworks | @esryts
I’m Innovation and User Experience Manager, at Health Innovation Manchester. I work for the NHS, and part of my role is carrying out user research, and promoting user centred design and UX within the NHS in Greater Manchester. I’m a geneticist originally, but I’ve always been interested in computers and technology since I was a little kid, so for about the last 15 years I’ve been doing user research and engagement, and business analysis in software projects for public health, medical research, health care.
Lorna is currently a Senior UX Designer at Shop Direct, the UK’s second largest online retailer. Having worked in the industry for over 12 years with extensive Agency and in-house experience, Lorna has worked in many different design roles during her career. She is now extremely passionate about UX, future technology and how both transforming the digital landscape.
Heidi Snape | @McCannMCR
I’ve been working in UX for 4 years, both in-house and agency side. I previously worked for Vodafone UK starting my early working life in Customer service and sales roles, before moving into Social Media and then finding UX in the Digital department there. The UX role at Vodafone was junior and allowed me to learn everything on the job, which I absolutely loved. I found that my previous roles gave me the foundation for understanding the customer, empathy and problem solving which relate directly to my role today. I now work for McCann Manchester as a UX consultant and love the different opportunities agency life brings. I live with my partner and pug, Pixie and am into all things tech.
Marie Cheung | @mariecheungsays
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Marie came to the UK to pursue a career as a service designer at Snook in Glasgow. After 2 years she moved to Leeds, where she currently works at the Department for Work and Pensions. She is passionate about designing engaging and meaningful experiences by bringing people together to create and improve services.
Shirley Sarker | Service and Product Designer, Sigma | @sarkyou
Having been involved in a variety of design roles and industries, as well as owning a cafe, Shirley left her position as the Art Director of Channel 5 to pursue a career in UX. Over the past year she has obtained her Masters in Experience Design at Hyper Island, worked on complex data experiences with Artefact in Seattle, created a new digital service for farmers and is now recently helping to implement human centered design in Stockport Council. She’s excited to be in an industry that is always evolving and passionate about making complex simple for people in government and health.
Many thanks to our sponsors ThoughtWorks!