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Carlisle, Pennsylvania Director of UX | NIC's PA Interactive Joined about 5 years ago
I don't actually work for government (meaning I am not a government employee). I work for a company that only does work for state government, so it's a private company with a singular client if you will...but I can speak layoffs/ageism with my counterparts in government.
If you are unionized, it's harder to get laid off. If you aren't part of a union, you're just as likely to get laid off when government agency budgets are slashed.
Ageism though...government is slow...and when you have been part of the state government and kept your nose clean, you can stick around for 30 some years, collect your state pension. I have found that ageism actually affects more younger employees. Government can be entrenched, bureaucratic, and monolithic...so if you are young with aspirations of making huge strides....you're going to have a bad time. Older employees don't want to change anything as it could affect their pension and younger employees tend to get pushed out...so when the older employees retire..there is a huge vacuum where skilled people are needed, but not many want to work because of the culture/legacy. This has been my typical observation, but each state and state agency is different.
I'm 34 and I have been working in the industry for 13 years at this point. I currently am a design director for a tech company that works solely for state government. I have had a pretty varied career from practitioner to manager in a variety of fields from publishing, academia, healthcare, technology, financial services, and marketing. For me, I want to continue to move up in management roles and take on more strategic/business/leadership functions as I feel that I have the most impact. I'll be honest, I am not the greatest designer...but I feel like I am pretty good at working with designers. I feel best working with and learning from my team...and I try to give them all of the support, resources, and confidence to do the best work they can.
While I'd love to do this forever...I'm building a safety net retirement plan that hopefully ease a lot of financial considerations in the future. I have a 401k and a Roth IRA that I have been contributing to since I started (parents raised me to always save as a mantra that a company pays you, from that paycheck...pay yourself first, then do your bills, etc). I have bought a house a few years ago and the value continues to raise. So financially, if I wanted to, I could retire at 67 pretty comfortably if all things currently stay the same with savings and whatnot.
Ideally, I'd like to transition into a consultant later in my career like Jose Coronado. But who knows? Half of the fun for me is seeing what opportunities arise for me to learn and grow and marry that knowledge back to design.
In my experience I have had the best outcomes with these sources..
LinkedIn Even for remote jobs too
I constantly check out these as well...
Designer News Jobs literally in the navbar.
This is a new one (too me at least)...
That covers the main job board sites I check out, but often I look at the careers page of companies I like such as Automattic, Buffer, InVision, Zapier, 10up, Big Cartel, Valve, Wizards, and others. Sometimes they put on a job listing on a board, most times though they don't...guess it depends on the urgency of the need. Certain Slack groups I am part of include a jobs channel as well.
Discussing Design re-reading with my team right now. Excellent book.
I've already utilized the .pdf export for a government agency that still only uses IE11. (since IE isn't supported by Figma). Figma made the export process very easy to export all of the screens, then I just relinked areas in the .pdf doc to mimic the prototype. Figma is great....but damn...US government agencies need to update from IE.
Great work Laszlo!
I am also curious about this possibility. While I do not use InVision products, it would be worrisome should Atlassian scoop them up and homogenize their product offering to sit inside their current suite of tools.
I am so excited to try this out!
I've worked with Chelsea for years, she's a great copywriter and editor. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelseahessmoore/
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