In episode 53 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Mimi Nishiguchi, Senior Product Designer, and YouTube Content Creator. You have probably seen her YouTube channel, where she shares videos on all things UX, including topics like boot camps, a day in the life of a UX Designer, and her couch confessions related to her experience switching to a career in UX.
During our chat, Mimi shares her take on boot camps, tips on switching to a UX career, advice on getting an initial interview, and talks to Seth about some of his favorite videos on her channel. This episode is full of great advice for anyone considering a switch to UX, and if you have been a fan of Mimi for a while, you will get to hear about her long-term vision for her YouTube Channel.
During our interview with Mimi, you will learn:
-How Mimi landed on a UX design career path
-Why Mimi chose the boot camp route
-Mimi's experience with DESIGNLAB: was it worth it?
-Strategies for getting an initial interview and UX job in this market
-How Mimi grew from her career lows
01:46 How Mimi landed in a product design career path
04:12 Why Mimi decided to take the boot camp route
06:16 Mimi's experience with DESIGNLAB: how long it took, and did it prepare her for her first job
12:28 The most challenging time in Mimi's career and the soft skill she honed quickly during that time
17:16 Mimi's career lows that led to boosting her confidence as a UX Designer
22:26 Tips from Mimi for people looking to make the switch to UX design
23:23 A glimpse into why Mimi wanted to get her YouTube channel started
29:23 The long-term vision of Mimi's YouTube channel
31:04 Mimi's take on UX generalist versus specialist
36:33 Seth's favorite YouTube video topics from Mimi: from overcoming fears of a career change to strategies for getting a UX job in this market
43:23 Mimi's advice on getting an initial interview
45:53 Stuff that no one tells you about UX
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Other mentioned links:
- General Assembly: https://generalassemb.ly
- DESIGNLAB: https://designlab.com
- Articulating Design Decisions by Tom Greever: https://amzn.to/3MTiLV6
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