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00:00 Welcome to the webinar!

User Experience (UX) design

01:47 Kelley Muir, User Experience designer

How to do a UX interviews

How to build a UX portfolio.

How to become part of new media communities.

09:37 Hongyi Dong, User Experience designer

Grad school options.

Four ways to get the job you want ("being talented" isn't the answer):

  1. being good at what you do
  2. getting into specific job interviews
  3. interviewing well for a specific job
  4. doing well at a specific job

Critical role of networking (2% success without, 75% with networking).

Hong's essay on networking for shy people.

Questions about applying for jobs

17:27 Hurdles after graduation

20:40 Predicting jobs of the future

23:00 Teamwork

24:47 How apply for a job

27:18 Who you know

28:23 Urban or rural

"The country has as many options, but the city has more community."

Web development and design

30:00 Patrick Corbett, web developer and startup founder

"Do one thing well (but not necessarily the position you're applying for!)"

Looks for minor or double major, work on the side, a single showcase project that shows your passion and ability.

Doesn't hire people who are fresh out of a bootcamp, don't ask questions, or did poorly in college.

Resources for starting a business.

44:35 Shelby Caret and Nicole Levy, Designers

Don't be afraid to find an internship into your 20s.

"If you're not happy going to work every day, change things."

Find education on Skillshare, YouTube, Facebook.

Leverage your UMaine network.

Questions about today's work environment

54:46 Does geography still matter?

58:15 What are the best courses to prepare students for a job?

Learn how to learn, which you can't do in one course (Hong).

Take courses that require collaboration (Hong).

Typing skills are underrated (Patrick).

61:46 What if you're not sure what you want to do?

Figure out what you like and take those courses in college (Nicole).

62:15 What if you're daunted by networking?

Start in college. Find alumni with similar interests. (Kelley)

Go to conferences, especially in bigger cities. (Patrick)

Attend webinars, and join communities even if small. (Nicole)

Lunch Club randomly pairs you with professionals. It's like LinkedIn + Zoom. (Patrick)

64:45 How can I find an internship valuable to my career?

Try, you might find you don't like that company. (Hong)

Get a job in a company you want to work in, even if it's not the job you want yet. (Patrick)

65:39 How handle burnout?

Eisenhower Decision Matrix to chart urgency versus delegation (Kelley and Patrick)

"You'll never get paid enough to be burned out." (Hong)

68:21 How has the pandemic changed work?

New Media has become more important during the pandemic. But if you work from home, make space between work and the rest of your life. (Kelley)

69:48 Alumni network and conclusion

"Nicole and I exist on Slack." (Shelby)

This presentation was recorded by the University of Maine's New Media program. For more information, contact ude.eniam@otiloppij.

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This New Media workshop from 28 January 2021 featured alumni working in the tech industry sharing possible career paths for graduates with a new media degree as well as advice for navigating life after graduation.

Given that there are more jobs than candidates in new media, the problem may be less how to land a job so much as choosing from among the many fields that require those skills. This webinar shows participants how to find and get jobs that make creative use of digital media and computing.

The presenters will be recent graduates of the University of Maine's New Media program who work in fields as diverse as user experience design, web development, and social media marketing. While their companies are based everywhere from Utah to Switzerland, many work remotely from their homes in the New England area. Our alumni will answer questions such as:

Presenters include:

This is part of a series of free webinars on cutting-edge technologies offered by the University of Maine's New Media program, which teaches animation, digital storytelling, gaming, music, physical computing, video, and web and app development. These are not Powerpoint lectures but guided demonstrations that students can follow at school or at home on their laptops. More about these webinars.

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