I'm good at solving product problems. The word designer means problem solver. It means planner, it means a person who plans the function of how something is built to work. When the function is beautiful, the aesthetic automatically transforms into beauty, and this is why people think design means making things pretty, because as a result of great planning and problem solving, that's what happens! If I went through the steps, you wouldn't see me dipping a brush in paint and dabbling about. You see a structured process, a give and take process where it's collaborative and everything is taken into account. When it is, you can perform an analysis and test ideas. When you get the best idea, it looks good because the function is good. That's why people like it. You can then "apply" branding and colors and typography and visually arrange it in a nice way, and it just works! It all just elegantly flows into place. But you don't start with that. You start like an engineer with blueprints and prototypes. My own problem is hard to solve because I am hired as a UX designer, and we should be called UX Engineer because people always treat us like a stupid graphic designer to pretty up their solutions, rather than solve the problem. Analysts want to be designers whenever I challenge this or try to kindly tell them when I need to work. They make everything into a business requirement. The HOWs are the UX person's department, not the Analyst who give you the requirements which, if not met the business would die. So they impose their solutions on clients, pushing the client to like or want what the business wants. If there is a layoff, they think designers will be the first to go. Since we just draw and don't think...according to the way they force me to do.
Employers seeking REAL UX designers expect you to present how you solved a problem in a portfolio. Hence, I have to bullshit. I hate that! When I tried to educate the employer and get the resources and authority I needed, they pushed me so hard that they put me on a performance evaluation as soon as I tried it correctly. Her way or the highway! I felt so disrespected, as it was a one way street.
Changing my career is not in my plans, but I am flexible! When they write what I am supposed to do in the job description, and I simply become a person who is pushed around to do graphics fluff, it hurts my career. I try to be diplomatic. I wish I could find employers who will let me do UX, but all I get hired for is the same, since they see I was bullied before, and they all want me to be a glorified graphic designer to draw their amateur designs for them without letting me have any input.
I'm not there to execute one person's ideas; I'm there to design and take in all the input I can to create a solution. I guess what employers want is a graphics technician. Anyway, I need a solution, especially something that I can do right now since I'm unemployed. My last employer made me draw so much, so fast, that I burned out. The designs can't be shown to anyone else, so I have to disguise them. It's so hard! All these bad clients need to go and I need a NORMAL UX job with a good UX employer! The lack of respect is wrong. How would you feel about going to a doctor and FORCING them to prescribe certain pills? Maybe some addicts would, but no doctor would listen to that unless they were really bad. You should never be told how to do your job as a professional by those who are not in your profession. You want to help clients but you can't just be pushed around and change your career to what their bias is.
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I have a colleague overstepping, and it's very stressful.
I direct a large team of product owners. The colleague who is not working collaboratively is relatively new to this field, but not the company.
I can sense that she is insecure, and I know she's trying to show people she can lead new things, but -- she is trying to direct and take credit for work that one of my product teams is fully responsible for.
It's confusing teams outside of our department, as they know that I oversee all of these product teams, and it's not helping how people view her.
I am senior than her, and I want her to understand that collaboration is much better than competition.
I've set up one to one meetings with her, and she either does not accept them or when we've met, she continuously speaks -- even when I try to interject.
How do I have her realize, that she is overstepping and that collaboration is the way to success -- without directly saying "you are overstepping!"?
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For all the accountants out there.
Did you ever find it difficult to determine or justify the final costs that are posted to your p&ls.
I know that the costs should be determined by using the advise of our clients and senior management.
However, some costs were incorrectly calculated from prior months. This has resulted in the wrong accruals/posting repeatedly.
How does one feel comfortable in determining and confirming the correct costs in the p&l.
Should the determination of costs /correction of entries occur between teams or does one individual make a decision.
Unfortunately Ive never been involved in the budgeting and feel like I'm imposing if I ask for the budget.
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Has anyone continued the interview process but halfway through realized the job wasn't for them and decided to remove themselves from the candidate pool or did you complete the process and decline their offer?
For full context, I was previously in a remote role for almost 3yrs, but unfortunately got laid off in January. Being a single parent of 3 kiddos, remote work has allowed me to not only successfully parent but truly have the lifestyle I want and need. I thought I'd be able to entertain the idea of a hybrid role but just the thought of explaining to a manager that I need to leave at 3:30 to pick up my kids from school fills me with dread not to mention anxiety. I've been in far too many positions where I've had to leave because of a sick child, behavior issues at school etc....and made to feel inadequate not to mention guilty for even asking.
I'm grateful to have gotten this far in the interview process and know in this tough market it may take me longer to find the role that fits me. But I'm willing to gamble and wait for the sake of my happiness. Thanks for reading! :-)
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Amy suggestions regarding new certifications or what I can do to make my older experience more relevant!
Wanting to return to entertainment marketing in NYC and worked in the industry previously at a director level.
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How soon after starting a new job would you update your LinkedIn page?
I love my job but my boss is the only negative and if things don't change I will likely need to find new employment. This is my first job in several years. I just reentered the workforce after taking leave.
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I AM WORKING AS SENIOR EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT IN TELECOMMUNICATION.
Result-oriented professional with an experience of 4YEARS Experienced in leading dedicated teams for running successful process operations with proven capability of achieving service delivery/ organizational targets. Proficient in Setting up and driving best practices, facilitating inter team communication and leveraging synergies. Merit of delivering outstanding work and also received many awards like On The Spot Awards, Special Initiative Award, Rising Star and so on.