Ask Angela: Advice for UX Professionals

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I get a substantial number of emails inviting me to coffee so folks can "pick my brain." It's all extremely flattering, except that:

  1. I don't drink coffee. Huge deal breaker right there. If folks said, hey, let's go for a Diet Coke, then we might be in business. But no one ever does! And so there's nothing in it for me. Nada. Nichts. Rien. 
  2. Going for coffee is for dilettantes. I have quantitative data; it's true.
  3. Going for coffee is a huge time sink. We're all multitasking these days, so I'm more likely to agree to a lunch plus playdate plus salon visit plus Target run than coffee. And those opportunities are rare. 

So, once a week (or more if I have unexpected free time) I now offer Ask Angela: Advice for UX Professionals as a regular feature on the UX.training blog. The column focus on the topics of:

  • UX; 
  • careers;  
  • higher education; 
  • professional life; and
  • life in general, in particular work/life balance for women. 

I was editorials editor of my high school newspaper, I work for myself instead of "the man," and I've lived most of my life in Texas, so I've got numberless strong opinions to toss about with impunity.