From Photographer to UX Designer

Alessio Ferracuti

UX Designer at IES Ltd.

Alessio Ferracuti

What’s your career background?

Before moving to UX I studied and worked in digital photography but I did not enjoy the industry. Because the digital world is changing so much, it’s difficult for photographers to get work. The salaries are getting lower and there is less and less freelance work.

What interested you about UX?

I was looking for in-demand jobs and UX design kept coming up. I saw that it was a job that was in high demand and with a good salary.

Why did you choose the Professional Diploma in UX?

Because it’s qualified by a university. That was very, very important. Another reason was that you assured me that you would help me make a portfolio. And the portfolio would be enough to go out there and get a job. Which is exactly what I did.

Since completing the course, how has your career progressed?

I work for IES Ltd. and my job title is User Researcher/UX Designer. So my main focus is user research but I also look at the full UX design. I am the only user-researcher, so I take the lead on user research in all the projects I’m involved in.

What advice would you give someone considering the course?

Just do it. It’s university qualified and it gives you everything you need to get your job. Honestly, if you compare it to other courses, other courses don’t stand a chance because they don’t have university backing. This course gives you the confidence, the portfolio, the knowledge and the ability to speak comfortably to stakeholders.

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