17 comments

  • John EmersonJohn Emerson, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    Move up: Become a product manager or director

    Move out: Partner up and start a creative services agency of your own

    Go long: Create a product of your own and start growing a user base

    Go wide: Expand your skillset - starting dabbling in code, project management, etc.

    Go deep: Go back to school, get an advanced degree, dive into research

    Wildcard: Take a hobby you love and nurture that into a career of its own!

    93 points
    • Andy StoneAndy Stone, 7 years ago

      This is the best answer from every perspective. I wish I could think of something great to add.

      4 points
    • Harpal SinghHarpal Singh, 7 years ago

      …or steer your direction a little and get into Service design, if you consider yourself to be patient.

      0 points
    • Derrick SchippertDerrick Schippert, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

      I wouldn't say becoming a product manager is "moving up"

      3 points
  • David MDavid M, 7 years ago

    I want to start up a donut shop

    8 points
  • Emily SaforrianEmily Saforrian, 7 years ago

    I've spent the first few years of my career working as a front-end developer/information architect for agencies. The one thing that has bugged me is that despite claims that they do User Experience, we don't talk to end-users as part of our process.

    I'm currently enrolled in a Masters in Human Factors/Information Design program so I can expand my research skills. Afterwards, I'd like to find a smaller software company that wants someone who can do both research and prototyping in HTML/CSS. I'm not sure if this position exists so we'll see :)

    3 points
    • Angel ColbergAngel Colberg, 7 years ago

      These positions exist, and will actually crop up more and more. I share the same skillset and frustrations as yourself so feel free to reach out. :)

      1 point
  • Wes OudshoornWes Oudshoorn, 7 years ago

    There is no next step, only a steep muddy hill that I am crawling on, feeling shit about my work every day because I know it's not perfect. So, more of that in the future :)

    3 points
  • Mike RundleMike Rundle, 7 years ago

    Programming as much as I can and building my own interfaces and experiences.

    2 points
  • Maxime BodereauMaxime Bodereau, 7 years ago

    Move to NYC

    1 point
  • Eduardo Santos, 7 years ago

    Keeping myself passionate and hungry for "moar". As long as I have these... all else will follow.

    1 point
  • Bjarke DaugaardBjarke Daugaard, 7 years ago

    Finish my MSc IT thesis in Interaction Design

    1 point
  • Martin JerkovicMartin Jerkovic, 7 years ago

    Ideas by Tim Brown (CEO at IDEO):

    Designer Coder Design Entrepreneur Hybrid Design Researcher Business Designer Social Innovator

    http://designthinking.ideo.com/?p=1386

    0 points
  • Keaton TaylorKeaton Taylor, 7 years ago

    I have no. fucking. clue.

    Next step might be moving to product from client services. There are a lot of steps between that move though.

    Bust ass on learning and applying more UX to my work as it is Get more comfortable with up-to-date front-end methods Get more fit and stop being a fatty Stop being so damn grumpy all the time, etc etc.

    I'm in a bit of a rut right now.

    0 points
  • Victor TranVictor Tran, 7 years ago

    Still building a solid foundation, learning the basics/fundamentals, and developing a process. Improve my technical skills. Find a product and problem I'm excited to tackle. Get hired.

    I'm literally at the beginning of my career, haha.

    0 points
  • Abhijeet Wankhade, 7 years ago

    For me it's going to be something like design entrepreneur or I want to try architectural design.

    0 points
    • Aaron DavisAaron Davis, 7 years ago

      Design entrepreneur is where I'm heading. Me and a couple dev/designers started texasbeardcompany.com. We work at an e commerce software company, figured we'd launch a company for fun. It has been really successful.

      We are about to launch a new one, and we are building some apps and stuff. It is so much more satisfying when you are in the driver seat making your own decisions.

      0 points