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101 ways to get into UX research

Updated: Feb 26

Are you interested in becoming a UX researcher, but don’t know where to start?

Luckily there is no shortage of useful, legit, and accurate advice out there from all kinds of people who’ve successfully gone into the field and who know what they are talking about.

On the one hand, the proliferation of accessible information and perspectives is a really good thing. But there’s also a lot of garbage to sift through, a lot of myths and misinformation, a lot of people who talk about their individual experience as though it’s the reality for everyone, and really just an overwhelming amount of stuff to wade through, and no one has the time or energy for that.

I’ve been asked about how to get into UXR a thousand and one times, which is why I decided to put together this compendium of 101 tips, methods, actions, and important things to keep in mind for efficiently, confidently, and successfully making your way into UX research.

First launched in 2020, this resource is based on 12 years of being part of the UX community as a practitioner and now a career coach, as well as ideas from respected leaders in the field, and what I know works from partnering with hundreds of people on their job search.

The 101 items are broken down into 7 key themes:

  1. Process, mindset & reflection

  2. Education, training, & self-directed learning

  3. Gaining experience and building skills

  4. Career assets / professional materials

  5. Strategic job search

  6. Interviewing

  7. Networking and community

Ready? Hop on over to the open access doc to grab a copy!

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