The one thing you’re going to hate as a UX designer and it’s unavoidable is working with other people.
You Can’t Understand? Let me sink that in.
Just think for a second, what do you hate about your job? What are the things that irritate you? Isn’t it always related to collaborating with other people, meaning clients, meaning colleagues, your boss, whoever it is, it can even be other UX designers?
The answer is yes. Like I have friends working at some of the coolest companies in the world, at Google, at Facebook, at Apple, and when they complain and when we sit around and have a few drinks and start complaining about our jobs, the number one thing they’re complaining about is just the other people that they’re working with and for me, back in my you know, the beginning of my career, I’ve been a designer now for almost 5 years. But at the beginning of my career and then the first few years, this is also the thing that I couldn’t believe how much I hated. I loved UX design. I love nurturing out and making the wireframes and coming up at the like do the user test all of this kind of stuff and actually doing the design work. I loved doing the design work, love sitting down in front of XD actually making the stuff. But what I hated was having to pitch this to other people, was having to show these screens to other people like, you know, managers or people who didn’t really necessarily understand UX and just having to have arguments with people about why we should do this and why we shouldn’t do that and when I was freelancing, that same thing would happen with clients. You know, you would work on something for a week after getting a kick-off workshop with the client, and then they give you some feedback. You’re like, that’s not what they said they wanted in the beginning, and this feeling of misalignment and this feeling of frustration starts to build. It’s crazy to think when I think back if I think about the amount of stress, the amount of conflict, the amount of just hatred I had for the work I was doing after a while because of collaborating with other people and just how easy it would have been to solve that if I had known what I know now.