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The festive holidays - how will you spend your time?

over 4 years ago from , UX Designer

Many people kick back with mulled wine and mince pies (maybe only in the U.K.!). Some of us open up that side project we've been meaning to complete for 3000 years!

How will you spend your time?

27 comments

  • Kyle Greely, over 4 years ago

    Sadly I'm spending the holidays alone since I just moved to Paris last week for a new job and all my friends here have gone back to their respective homes to see their families. I can't really go home since I'm from the US and I just got here.

    If anyone is in/near Paris, or anywhere in Europe (kind of want to travel), and wants the company of an American expat, let me know! Haha.

    4 points
    • Rob Hampson, over 4 years ago

      Oh no, that sounds a bit lonely. I hope it all works out well for you.

      2 points
      • Kyle Greely, over 4 years ago

        Thanks! If I don't find anything maybe I'll finally work on my side proj-- Ah, who am I kidding, I'll just binge watch Netflix shows all weekend. :)

        4 points
    • Brennan Smith, over 4 years ago

      Happy Festivus Kyle.

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    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 4 years ago

      Paris is a huge and awesome city and I'm sure you're not the only one in that position. Have you tried sites like meetup? There might be one or two interesting things to do.

      On another note, could I ask how you've landed this position?

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      • Kyle Greely, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

        Yeah, in the end I used Meetup to find some people to hang out with, and then had a Christmas dinner with some expats on Christmas Day. It was nice :)

        As for the job, it's a rather long story. Basically, I was working in my hometown in the US as a UX Designer, but I was bored out of my mind and I wanted to live in Europe badly. So one day I just decided to quit my job, moved out of my apartment, sold all my stuff, broke up with my girlfriend, and bought a one-way ticket to Paris. Hahaha. I was scared shitless but I spent the next year+ living with a friend of mine in Paris, applying for jobs, and going to job interviews until I FINALLY got a job as a UX Designer for a French company. Went back for 3 months to get the visa, and now here I am :)

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        • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 4 years ago

          Man that took balls. But on the other hand, having put everything into it, you kind of have no other option but to get it right. Well done anyway.

          What I was more interested in are the technical details - specifically where you looked for jobs, how you approached these companies, what they expect from designers, etc. I'd very much like a position in Paris myself, but I wouldn't know where to start and moving there is not an option (no friend to keep me for a whole year).

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          • Kyle Greely, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

            I just used all the popular job sites like Indeed, Dribbble jobs, uxjobs, and a couple specialty French sites. I translated my CV and cover letter to French and then just applied like any other job, basically. Make sure to look up French templates for CVs because they're a bit different from what I'm used to. I'm not sure what you mean by what they expect. It depends on your experience level and what kind of job you're applying to, obviously. As for me, I only have 3-4 years of experience as a designer but the company I work for is only like 30-something people, so I'm the sole UX Designer in the whole company, making me the authority on the subject, I guess. One thing you will need to get a job in Paris, though: French. My French is not amazing, it's okay to get through most conversations, but I told them I could be fluent in 6 months if they hired me. So, hopefully I wasn't lying! Haha.

            I checked out your Hyperion site, and if I'm not mistaken, you're British, yes (I assume if you're in Birmingham)? Honestly it's easier than you think for you to move here. You have a huge advantage over me with your EU passport. Hyperion looks cool, btw. Would love to chat about design or just living in Europe sometime. Do you have Whatsapp or some other way of communication?

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            • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 4 years ago

              Thanks for that. Dribbble always had far more jobs in the US than anywhere else, and rarely anything in Paris, but I never thought of using indeed or uxjobs for a different location.

              I've been a freelancer my entire career so I don't understand the industry as well as I should but I'm happy to talk about whatever else. My whatsapp is +447598461151

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    • Jacob Morris, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      Hey, I actually recently moved to Rome and have started working freelance. Would be happy to chat! (Irish expat)

      Edit: totally should side project... but happy to have the break and read design books for fun ;)

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      • Kyle Greely, over 4 years ago

        Hey! What made you move to Rome? Would love to chat sometime. Sorry I didn't see this until now.

        Do you have Whatsapp or something similar?

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        • Jacob Morris, over 4 years ago

          My partner is a diplomat, so I've taken to the travelling lifestyle! I do have Whatsapp, +353858341266 should do the trick!

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  • Ste GrainerSte Grainer, over 4 years ago

    I'll mostly spend it relaxing with family and friends. In my downtime, I have made a habit of a year-end digital "house cleaning": https://stegrainer.com/journal/2016/starting-the-year-fresh

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  • Sarah Newman, over 4 years ago

    I actually really want to improve my web typography skills if anyone has any good places to start?

    1 point
  • Timothy McKennaTimothy McKenna, over 4 years ago

    I took time off from 12/21 - 1/2 and I've rarely checked any social media or my portfolio sites. Beyond running around between families for holidays, I have mostly cleaned the house in preparations for New Years Eve celebrations. I'm kind of a homebody, so I have mostly spent free time playing my drum set (learning new Metallica) and I brewed a batch of Russian Imperial Stout. I received Tim Ferriss's "The 4 Hour Work Week" as a gift and I have been enjoying that book immensely. Design wise, I've taken the time to review and update my portfolio.

    My dog has enjoyed this break for the holidays as well, so I get up early with her and take her to the creek behind my house so she bark at the trout....which is weird, but eh.

    0 points
  • James Young, over 4 years ago

    Spending time with family and chilling out generally.

    Had a lot of stress rushing to launch our main client Olympic Holidays site the week before we finished for the holidays so nice to relax and come back in the new year refreshed and ready to work on more features etc.

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  • Martin Mark, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Today. I'm going to enjoy the outdoors, good beers, and family

    Tomorrow. Making some doodle diagrams and buying cheap chocolate.

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  • Al M, over 4 years ago

    I'm reading (“Understanding Context” right now), working on a side project and waiting for Stardew Valley to go on sale on Steam.

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