Have you ever wanted to write a screenplay about Han Solo falling in love with R2-D2? Or have you wished there was someone who could help you find a bug in a piece of code to save you from banging your head against a brick wall? Well, both of these things are now possible in a matter of seconds with ChatGPT.
ChatGPT is an AI chatbot, developed by OpenAI, which has the potential to change our digital lives. Trained using textbooks, websites, and thousands of articles (PCGuide, 2023), ChatGPT uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to interact with humans who might ask it questions, or for help to complete tasks. It’s like a genie inside your laptop!
ChatGPT can write code, stories, or even a YouTube video script discussing why Pokemon Trading Cards are still popular. What excites me is the instantaneous advice it can give based on the millions of data points the AI chatbot is built on. With all its data and knowledge, let’s see what ChatGPT thinks the best steps are for landing a UX / UI Design Role in 2023.
Build a strong design portfolio
The first piece of advice that ChatGPT generates is to develop a portfolio that demonstrates your skills, approach to solving different problems, and the projects that you’ve worked on. Saying you can do something on paper is one thing, but showing the world you can is another. If a recruiter or hiring manager can see evidence of the skills listed in your CV it quickly shows them that you could be a great fit for the role and makes it easier to put your name forward. Remember, your portfolio is like a store for your services. The more attractive you make the products in your store, the more likely it is that someone will purchase them.
When designing your portfolio, ChatGPT recommends you make sure that you demonstrate your ability to:
- Design for user needs (e.g. human-centred design)
- Your understanding of design principles
- That you understand industry and accessibility guidelines and standards.
Learn & stay up to date with design tools
For people just starting on their design journey, learning popular tools, like Figma (my personal favourite), Sketch, Adobe XD, or InVision is vital to becoming a UX / UI Designer. Don’t believe ChatGPT? Jump on LinkedIn and look through the job ads for UX / UI Designers…you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn't mention at least one of these tools.
Once you understand the basic principles of these tools, it's super important to stay up to date with all their latest product features. Tools available to designers are getting better and making our lives easier, such as Figma adding spellcheck in 2022, which was an absolute game-changer for me.
Attending design events/conferences or joining online design communities to connect with industry professionals is super useful for developing as a designer. I’ve learnt new techniques, and ways of thinking and have been able to grow professionally by interacting with other designers in Discords, Sub-Reddits, Slack channels and on LinkedIn.
When you’re first starting, getting to know people in the industry is vital. This is how you’ll hear about job openings, be recommended for different opportunities, identify key people to follow, and grow your brand. As the old saying goes, it’s often more about who you know than what you know. To get the ball rolling here, check out Chimmy’s blog on the design conferences not to miss in 2023 here.