How do you get started in UX?

When it comes to getting your first UX job, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. 

As someone who transitioned into UX from a non-design career, I share a unique perspective on quick, actionable things beginners can do to land their first job in this amazing industry.

Click the button below to get a custom strategy on getting your first UX job. 

Learn how to get your first UX job.

Join the UX newsletter

Want to keep a pulse on the industry as a UX careerist? About once a week, I send out an email that contains the latest UX article, my favorite reads from the past week, and even send out freebies and templates.

Missed an email? The archives are reproduced here: Tuesday UX Training

Tip: The best way to keep getting UX career advice is to move to your  "Primary" inbox, especially if you're using Gmail.

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How can I write for UX Beginner?

UX Beginner has a Medium publication called UX School which features articles and UX training from designers, by designers. If you're a writer on Medium, read the submission guidelines to submit your article to the UX School publication.

  • How to submit your article

First, read the submission guidelines to understand the submission process on Medium (it can be a little tricky).

When you're ready use this form to submit your article for review. Easy peasy!

  • Benefits of writing on UX School

The best way to learn is to teach, and the easiest path to teaching is to write about your learnings. UX School accepts writings from designers around the world from all sorts of backgrounds, who have the opportunity to get their design writing read by more people. Designers who submit articles often get extra exposure for their work through reposting on the UXBeginner blog and email list.

How can I connect with the broader UX community?

Sharing interesting UX articles and announcements.

Tipafter liking the Facebook Page, click the little dropdown arrow and select "Get Notifications." Note that I don't personally approve membership; the group is set up to only approve members who thoughtfully answer questions.

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Connect with other UX Designers. Share experiences & resources.

Tip: Read Group Rules. Only considering new members who answer the 3 questions when requesting to join.

How does this blog sustain itself?

99% of the content on this site is free. This website makes a referral fee (at no cost to you) for certain UX courses and bootcamps. For ambitious UX students, I have two types of paid offerings: self-paced UX courses, and 1-on-1 UX career coaching.

  • UX Training Courses

I have a number of courses that help designers advance in their UX careers. Individual courses like The Ultimate UX Portfolio Course or Master the UX Interview are available for purchase, or save big with the UX School bundle.

  • UX Career Coaching

I help designers get unstuck with career pain points like job interviews and creating a compelling case study. With a coach, you get built-in accountability that helps you translate information into action. Here's a link to my UX Career Coaching services.

Oz Chen
Founder of UXBeginner
UX designer & consultant

I'm a career transitioner too.

After founding in 2013, I've helped thousands of beginners transition into UX through my writing and courses like UNBOX: The Wireframing Course and Master the UX Interview. My Udemy class The Ultimate UX Portfolio Course has an average 4.5 stars across 1100+ students internationally.