How did you land the job?
I became a junior UX designer after finishing the UX trainee scheme. At the time, I had just finished my masters in Multidisciplinary Innovation at Northumbria University, and was looking for a full-time design job when I came across the BBC UX trainee scheme.
The trainee scheme is a great way to kickstart your UX career. I was able to rotate between four placements in the year, during which I worked within Global Experience Language, iPlayer, System and Service Design, and World Service News. I took part in user research and testing sessions, picked up software skills and worked with different stakeholders.
What was your journey like when you were first starting out? Did you find your feet quickly?
I think I settled into the role quickly. I had a soft start with a two-week induction, along with other trainees in London and Salford, where we got to know different products and meet colleagues in person at different offices. When I joined, I immersed myself in projects with ease, as the design process isn’t that different from university.
I also learned how to conduct user research through attending and running my own user testing sessions. I have learned how to carefully craft my questions to allow participants to express their honest thoughts. Through different projects, I have picked up skills in designing for an array of platforms, picking up software that is needed to create hi-fi mockups.