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I have some basic UI/UX experience from school. I work in consulting but I haven’t gotten a chance to do any UX role at work. What are way to transition to UX role or gain more skills/work experience?

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There are often ways to start creating that experience for yourself without the official title. If you’re in a functional role on a project that doesn’t have dedicated UX, you can de facto take on that role. And if you don’t have a portfolio, build one using side/personal projects if needed. In addition to the above, firm initiatives were my way to network outside my original package solutions systems integration practice and have the right hooks in place for new project leads when I was rolling off a project. After that, you just need someone to take a chance on you (thanks SMB!)

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Hi! I currently work in that field. Feel free to DM me.

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Be vocal about your goals and willing to put in some extra effort. Figure out who might be a good and effective mentor in your digital practice, who does what you want to do and figure out how to get introduced. Then offer to help them, legitimately. They’ll likely appreciate someone who is driven and knows what they want, and genuinely offers to help and learn and build a relationship, rather than just asking to be staffed to something they aren’t qualified for. That’s how an associate with some research experience but nearly no design experience got on my UX/UI research and design project – she found me, made a good impression, did some support work from the bench, demonstrated a stellar work ethic and was super proactive and reliable even though it was grunt work. That convinced me to take a chance on requesting her when a support role opened up. Now she’s soaking up everything like a sponge – she and I do additional mentoring work on the side, I’m advocating for her internally, and as of the end of the year (she started mid year) we’re bringing her officially into the digital practice.

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