A piece I wrote about getting your motivation back as a designer
This was me last year. I had completely lost passion for my work and was becoming rather disillusioned with the world of design. I even made this post on DN to try to find a job that would make a difference - I had realized that I was missing the human element... I wanted my work to genuinely help people and/or add something positive to the world.
Well, after that post, I ended up leaving my agency job and spent the next 8 months unemployed. Unemployment absolutely wrecks your confidence, but I was determined to find something different. And finally, I did. I now work as a UX Designer for a company which makes programs to help and support patients with chronic illnesses. So far, I really love it! I feel like my work actually means something, for perhaps the first time in my career.
Hey @kyle! Thank you so much for your comment. It's refreshing to hear that it's not just me who has gone through this before. I'm really glad you've found something that you now love!
Can I ask how you went about finding a new job?
Of course. Where would be best to have this conversation in private?
Oh no worries - I meant in general like did you start with a portfolio or looking for roles etc.
I didn't really change from the usual way you apply for jobs. I already had a portfolio, and I just applied on sites like Indeed and some specific French UX job boards (I live in France). I found some new sites geared more towards what I was looking for, such as Design Gigs for Good, but I didn't end up finding my job through there. There's a startling lack of job sites for roles with social impact.
Hey Kyle, just wanted to say that I'm so happy for you! Always nice to read stories like this. I hope your new job continues to motivate you and keep you inspired.
Thank you, Tyler :)
Thanks Liz, I appreciated the article. Although I rarely get to a point where I question my career choice (I love what I do), I do face seasons of feeling stagnant - where I feel that I am the same designer, with the same skills I had a year ago and that I'll have not improved 5 years from now. This helped me to look more toward what I have achieved and the positive things I enjoy about what I do every day. Cheers.
Hi Luke, thanks so much for leaving me a comment. I'm glad that you appreciate the article and I'm really grateful that it's given a fresh perspective :-) Have a wonderful afternoon!