“Hey, take a break” in writing
“Hey, take a break” in writing

For the past couple of weeks/months, I’ve been feeling extremely guilty whenever I’m not working or sitting in front of my computer. It got to a point where I realized it was really bad because I would enter my room at 8–9 AM and wouldn’t leave till the sun went down. There were moments where I had to question what I did that day and moments when I didn’t even go downstairs to eat. The basic things that a normal human being should be doing, I was completely neglecting. …


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5 Things I’ve Learned from my first UX Job with girl carrying backpack
5 Things I’ve Learned from my first UX Job with girl carrying backpack

Quick update on my life: I have unfortunately been laid off from my very first UX job during these unprecedented times. Needless to say, I’m excited for what the future holds and this next season of my life. With that being said, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the 5 things I’ve learned working at a small startup that I know I will remember for the rest of my life and will, hopefully, be of some value to others.

1. Push for the process

As a UX designer, you may know that there are 5 steps to a design process.

It’s been almost 1 year since I’ve graduated from my UX/UI Bootcamp and I wanted to share my timeline on my transition into the field after the camp was over.

Once I graduated, I had the intimidating task of creating a clean-cut portfolio to showcase to recruiters on how I could be a necessary addition to the team. This step took quite some time. If writing out case studies and arranging assets weren’t enough, deciding if I should use Squarespace, Webflow, or hand-code my portfolio was another dilemma in and of itself.

I honestly should be working on my portfolio instead of writing this post but since my brain runs on doing multiple tasks at once, here I am instead.

Since my UX/UI program has ended, I now have the daunting task of building my portfolio to showcase to future employers what I can bring to the table. It’s nerve-racking because a portfolio is basically saying “Here’s what I can do! Let me know how it does (or does not) meet your standards.” I feel like design is always such a scary thing to showcase to people. It makes you feel extremely…

I didn’t know exactly where to start when I began my journey on this new career path. I essentially wanted to create this article to share my experience for those of you who are on the fence on where to begin. Hopefully, it can come in handy for any prospective students out there.

  • Disclaimer, this is a purely subjective post written about my experience with both programs and results will vary for each individual.

Sometime in September of 2018, I decided to use my PTO to enroll in an intensive 1-week program at General Assembly in Downtown Los Angeles…

Sometime last month, while aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, I decided I wanted to take a break off social media. No Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for one whole week just to see how life would look like. The decision was abrupt, sudden, and a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.

The first day made me truly feel like I had a genuine problem. My finger would instinctively unlock my phone and go straight to where Instagram used to be. I would spend hours on end scrolling the explore page of Instagram, checking my Facebook for notifications, and reloading…

A little backstory about myself, my name is Grace H. Park and I graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a major in Psychology. I dabbled into entertainment, social media, and marketing for a little before I ultimately plugged myself back into school to learn more about the world of UX/UI.

We’ve reached the halfway mark of my program and I wanted to recall some of the main key points that I’ve learned so far during my journey of entering into a new field.

1. Fail fast

Failing quickly will save you time in the long run. Trust me when I say, you’ll learn…

Grace H. Park

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