Kartik spills the beans on what kept him going after a series of failures to finally achieving success in UX
I’m currently working at Microsoft, India and I describe myself as a full stack designer. This means that I can work from the conceptualization of an idea to research, analysis, design and take the product to its final implementation. I have a masters from NIFT, Delhi (one of India’s premier design college) with M.Des (Masters of Design) in Experience Design. Here, I’d also like to reveal that I was the topper of NIFT 2018 PAN India entrance exam with an all India rank of 1.
When I mention these facts about my life, fellow designers usually deem me as successful which might be true. But they aren’t generally aware of the hardship and struggle that went behind my success. I have now started coming out with my story so that budding designers learn something from my experiences and do not lose hope if their paths are laden with struggle initially.
I have faced literally every hurdle while transitioning or beginning a career in UX Design. Everything from wrong degree to wrong jobs, wrong culture to wrong bosses came my way. Being from a non tech background and with zero UX experience it was super hard to get into the entry level jobs. I ended up giving over than hundred interviews at various small start-ups to individual person owned companies, before finally settling at a startup. Sometimes even I am amazed how I got here! During the initial days of my struggle, for well over a period of 3-4 months, I just kept getting rejections and refusals.