What should I keep in mind?
Focus on developing your skills, not your job title.
Your job will change in the future, so learn to adapt to new and emerging trends in the market. UX design was not a thing when I was at university, so don’t bet that it’s here to stay. The skills that I had acquired from when I was an auditor to digital marketer had led me to where I am now; and has in fact equipped me with the skills to inform what I currently do in my UX role.
Don’t stick to a plan; stick to a goal.
Always have a beacon of light that serves a higher purpose. Your plan today is probably not the same as it was five years ago, and nor will it ever be stagnant going forward. So find out what it is that you want to do as a lifelong goal; whether that’s to help other people achieve their goals or to create products for a better future. You might not know what it is now, but your experiences overtime will shape and inform your understanding.
If you don’t like where you are, then do something about it.
There have been too many times where I’ve heard people complain about how they hate their job or how they wish they could quit sooner. In all honesty, I was once in that position too. Understandably, it’s hard to break out of the mentality that “there will never be a better opportunity after this” or that “it’d be pointless to leave now”. It’s okay to feel that way but don’t let it become an unhealthy blocker that stops you from pursuing what you really want to do. Remember, change won’t happen until you do.
Don’t give up! Learning takes time.
You’re not going to achieve everything in one go, so set yourself some goals that can be achieved within a reasonable time frame. If you’re currently unemployed and feeling disheartened, don’t give up! Use this time to invest in yourself and fill in the gaps of what you currently don’t know. Continue to build up your portfolio with new experiences using the Learning Framework and check in with a mentor or a friend to keep you on track. Good luck! 🙂