Maybe we’re making it seem easier than it is
This industry isn’t over-saturated.
I’ve written about How I got my first Junior Design position in the midst of a pandemic. I was able to land my first UX role last fall after applying for about six months. It was gruelling. I found myself burnt out, tired, and often contemplating how much I wanted to work in this industry in the first place.
When looking for my first design position I read many of the same types of articles and felt it’d be useful to write one myself. It’s possible everyone else who’s written a piece like this, myself included, has failed to acknowledge there are other elements at play.
I felt imposter syndrome about how good of a designer I was. It’s laborious to receive that much rejection and not start to feel like you may be the problem. I wondered if my identity was playing a part. It was hard to put in the time of interviewing, presenting, practicing my interview questions and still failing. There is an element to this you can control, but there are large parts of it you can’t.
I’ve felt existential about this industry as a whole. If you’ve decided to engage with ‘Design Twitter’ it’s impossible to miss the gatekeeping. Sometimes it feels like Juniors don’t belong in the industry. That we aren’t actually welcomed here. After spending hours, weeks and months working on your portfolio and resume, it’s easy to feel let down.
That being said this industry isn’t over-saturated. There’s room for everyone. Where you’re able to find that room may not be where you’d anticipated but there’s room.