Dear Tech World

When it comes to changing careers, I’m confident that effective teachers are well positioned to take on nearly any role outside of the classroom. However for teachers in the midst of a career change as well as for recruiters and hiring managers that are seeking top talent, it can take time, courage and creative thinking to understand how an effective teacher’s experience lays the foundation for a set of valuable and highly sought after skills applicable to tech.

While teaching experience can easily equip prospective career changers to transition into psychology, project management, social work, and more, I’m going to…

It was Saturday morning and my daily routine for the past few weeks had been grueling. Each morning I’d open up my laptop, check my email, and prepare myself to see the rejection letters waiting for me in my inbox.

“Thank you for taking the time to consider us for the position of user experience designer. As you know, many candidates have applied to this position. Unfortunately at this point we are looking for a candidate with more experience.”

Despite such rejection, I kept moving forward. I continuously iterated my portfolio, sought out projects to work on, and focused on…

I recently read 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People. The book provides a great introduction to a variety of topics in psychology and how we can apply psychology to design. The author Susan Weinschenk includes academic research, stories and visuals to explain each point in a way that is both entertaining and insightful.

While I was reading her 27th chapter in the book I came across this gem:

“People process information better in bite-sized chunks.

Having a background in teaching, I couldn’t agree more. However, I felt that her book could have been “chunked” better.

About a year ago I noticed an ad on my Instagram feed about a UX/UI Bootcamp in San Francisco. I had already been informally dabbling in the field and decided to take the bait.

I clicked on the ad, submitted my email address and within a day an older woman with a New York accent called me. Classic digital marketing funnel I thought. Her voice reminded me of my grandma’s and so I asked her where she was from. The Bronx, she said. Just like my grandma.

Her sales pitch was spot on. She developed a friendly rapport with me…

Jules Bennett

Design, education, and pizza. My life in a nutshell.

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