Transitioning to a UX Career Panel Discussion

More and more companies and clients are recognizing the importance of user experience (UX) design. Companies always seem to be hiring UX designers, but how does one make that transition? Maybe you’re a designer, developer, website manager already doing UX-type work and really like it. Do you think you might like this career switch, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? Or are you unsure how to actually make the transition? Come check out this event to find out! We’ll have a panel of speakers from various experiences, backgrounds, and career levels providing you with the insight to help you figure things out. After the panel discussion, there will be some time for some informal networking.

Current UX practitioners are encouraged to attend as those interested in the field would love to hear from you, too.

Rock Creek Strategic Marketing is right off of the red line. Take the red line to Friendship Heights and exit at the Western Ave. side. Once above ground, take the escalators on the right and walk across the patio. We're on the 10th floor.

We're at 2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD. The parking garage in the building offers $3 parking after 5pm.

6:30 - sign in
7:00 - panel discussion
8:30 - informal networking


• Rock Creek Strategic Marketing - venue, snacks, and tasty beverages

• If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Michelle.

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  • Britney W.

    Mark Nugent mentioned this in the UX Book Club group, but figured it's worth sharing with this group too. O'Reilly has may UI/UX books 50% through September 28th at 5:00am PT.­. I'm for sure getting The User Experience Team of One, but would love to get additional recommendations from others.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For everyone who is seriously considering transitioning to a UX career, I did so about 2 years ago and I'm happy to say I've found a lot of success. I did go through a few resources I really think were instrumental and I'm happy to share what I know and my experience so far with anyone passionate about UX - ping me if you want to chat!

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Portfolio question: recommended sites or how to format and present a portfolio and how to show it? I know searching online there is a billion things. Is it recommended to have your personal site?

    September 18, 2013

    • Andrew

      Hey Tracy
      The biggest thing to keep in mind for presenting a portfolio is to keep it small enough to pass around a table. Additionally, be sure to include at least one sample where you show not only the end product (e.g., final wireframes) but the process you took to get there (e.g., sketches, drawings, etc.). Employers want to hear how you got there. Remember a large part of our jobs is discovery, so be sure to show them how and what you discovered in the process.

      As for a personal site, it's not a must but you should have at least one online location to visit. It's kind of a requirement since we do work in the online industry. There are quite a few portfolio websites that you can use to post your work. For example,,, or even Pinterest (Our own J.Totten does it).

      Hope this helps and perhaps we'll cu at the next Meetup.


      September 20, 2013

  • Karen O.

    Thanks for organizing this, Michelle. My insta-notes on the event are here­

    September 18, 2013

  • John T.

    Great job Michelle. Thanks for taking the initiative to start this meetup!

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Hey everyone!

    Thanks for coming to our first Meetup! We hope you were able to meet some awesome people and learn a thing or two about being a UXer and transitioning to this field. In the next few days, we'll post a summary of highlights from the panel - questions along with answers - just in case anyone missed anything.

    Also, I've started a discussion forum on this Meetup, where you can ask/answer any questions you may have, but didn't get to ask or didn't think to ask. You can find it here:­

    Thanks again for coming, and we hope to see you again in November!

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very helpful and insightful. Useful advice about the industry.

    September 18, 2013

  • Matt

    I enjoyed the discussion last night. I am in the process of designing a Web App. Please let me know if anyone is interested in building up their portfolio.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    good stuff

    September 18, 2013

  • Robert P.

    Well done tonight, folks. Thanks for hosting an enlightening and interesting panel!

    September 17, 2013

  • grover m.

    I really enjoyed the panel discussions

    September 17, 2013

  • Kevin

    I really wanted to make it to this tonight, but work is getting in the way. :-( I made the transition to UX from print design almost 14 years ago and really wanted to share. Please feel free to reach out to me via MeetUp if anyone would like to chat about this (or any UX) topic.

    September 17, 2013

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