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My UX identity crisis

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Reflections from a journey transitioning into a strange new culture, and the search for belongingImage from Undraw

Two years ago, I wrote an article about finding a voice as a non-traditional UX Researcher at Google. In it, I talked about my experiences transitioning from the world of architectural design and theory into Silicon Valley. Since then, I’ve heard from many aspiring UX practitioners through attending career events, mentoring interns, and reading comments on my writing.

In particular, talking to students has reflected back my own fears, uncertainties, and questions. It has resurfaced the parts of my experience that still need unpacking, things I’d tucked