Updated: Jan 3
Did you that know many of your radio skills can translate into User Experience Design?
"But I have zero design experience." ...that doesn't matter.
Take a minute to watch this video - pay attention to her story and then let's talk about it below:
Her start-up job sound familiar? A Communications Specialist doing things like email copywriting, influencer marketing, and public relations. She's getting burned out.
"I wasn't getting paid for how much I was working"
"I didn't feel like my skills were being valued in this industry"
If that ain't radio, right? In this case she quit her job without another one lined up, but perhaps you're feeling that same burnout, or you're unemployed and unsure which direction to go.
Now, let's talk about the bootcamp she mentioned: General Assembly. That is the same bootcamp I went to, but I did the part-time course that costs $3,950K. I was able to get a one-year-interest-free loan offered through the school. The program she did is much more expensive, but here's the link if you are interested.
👉🏽 Flexible finance plans are available such as Employer Sponsorships, Installment Plans, and Interest-Free Loans.
These bootcamps will give you the skills to build case studies, and this is where you will find the skills overlap. Check it out:
Research = Show Prep / Market Research
Interviews = Interviews
Creating Personas = Identifying your core listener and giving them a name.
Conduct Usability Testing = Listener focus groups, but much more insightful.
Wire-framing = Programming, essentially.
Building Prototypes = Learning a new program implemented by corporate, but again, much more rewarding in the end.
I actually built a fake radio-Spotify-ect-all-in-one app for my project! 🤣 See, you can literally revolve your project/portfolio around something in radio! Even stuff like this will make more sense to you!
👀 I promise you will look at radio station apps, websites, and so many other things during your career in a whole different way.
As the lady says in the video, you don't have to go to one of these schools to get a job. There are plenty of free resources online, but you need to be very disciplined and the process will take longer. If you want to go this route, use the bullet points above as research points to start with!
💡 You can also try one of their free-class offerings. Search: FREE INTRO TO UX DESIGN CLASS ONLINE - They are not just limited to user experience design! GA has lots of other free great resources to take advantage of, so definitely check those out!
I highly recommend looking into UX Design, especially you are interested in human behavior, marketing, problem solving, tech, websites, customer service, public relations, etc, etc... applicable to any industry, really.
I have also found that even if you don't necessarily go get a UX Design job right away, the stuff you learn will be valuable no matter which career path you take.
Additional links are below for those that are interested in pursuing this further.
👉🏽 Either way, definitely check out this really cool example of a usability test with a child and a paper prototype:
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- Marie, Owner
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