Why You Should Start Your UX Career at an Agency
When I started looking for my first job as a user experience designer, I was brand new to the field, but eager to learn and grow as fast as I could. I was seeking a company that would provide a positive learning environment, but where I could also make real contributions from day one.
There are plenty of avenues for UX designers. Agencies, in-house design teams, and product companies all provide their own unique environments, benefits, and challenges. Ultimately, I chose to start my career at an agency.
Looking back, I feel confident that I made the right choice. I jumped right in and learned on the job, yet I always had support from my more seasoned team members. I have worked with talented individuals from across all disciplines of the web design and development process, and I’ve gained experience with big brands, non-profits, educational institutions, and start-ups. All of these components have made me stronger, not only as a UX designer, but also as a professional.
I think starting a career as a UX designer at an agency is an advantageous choice for others as well. Here’s why:
You gain experience quickly.
You learn a broad range of skills.
You work with a variety of clients.
You receive solid mentorship.
The opportunity to gain such a wide range of experience while working with talented designers makes agencies a great place to start a UX career. You can learn which aspects of UX interest you the most and what types of companies and projects you like working on. After working at an agency for a couple of years, you will have a strong set of generalist UX skills and a comprehensive portfolio. If the agency life doesn’t turn out to be for you, you’re in a great position to take those skills to an in-house design team or product company.
For those just starting out and looking for the right place to launch their career, I wish you the best of luck. Need inspiration? From personal experience, I can recommend taking a look at the UX Designer position at Viget.