Gusto I’m a product designer hoping to switch industries from the public sector to private. I am struggling because I’m starting to see a lot of pushback on the fact that I don’t have industry specific work. So I’m really curious how much working in a specific industry effects your career path.

I’m looking at some fintech jobs but ultimately want to work in hrtech? Like gusto, lattice, etc. would that potentially prevent that switch?

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Any good hiring manager will look at your design thinking methodologies despite your industry experience.

Obviously you can help yourself in creating bespoke and exploration case studies on a problem you solve in the field you are targeting.

For example if you want to work in mobile games, then I would suggest to explore a problem you see and add it in your portfolio explaining how you would solve the problem.


I look at overall experience. Example can you or have you done enterprise data heavy design in any industry. As UX designers we need to be flexible and moving industries is greatly appreciated. I love bringing folks into my team from other industries! Their experiences to solve problems from different Industries often crosses over. It’s great to have a fresh set of eyes on things. Good luck


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