Besides that Nikola is a graduate musician, he is also a student at the UX/UI Design Bootcamp who decided to make a career change in one of the most in-demand and highest-paid professions today.
With great ambition and commitment to the topic, Nikola even before finishing the Bootcamp, managed to get a job as a UX/UI designer in the software development agency Ryaktive. Nikola told us about his new job and the experience at this Bootcamp.
Brainster: Hi Nikola. First of all, congrats on your new job! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Nikola: Hello guys! It’s always the hardest thing to talk about myself, but here I would start from my student days.
I graduated from the Faculty of Music, and after graduation, I worked for a short time as a professor of music. In the meantime, I worked as a producer and booker at the DreamOn and Dreamshort festivals, and then I enrol on sound design at FIOFA. Unfortunately, the Faculty stopped working due to administrative problems and I was not able to complete it.
After that, I worked for a while as a freelance graphic designer and finally came to Brainster at the UX/UI Bootcamp.
Brainster: What can you say about the UX/UI Design Bootcamp? Did the Bootcamp meet your expectations?
Nikola: The UX/UI Design Bootcamp is definitely the right move for me and has fully met my expectations. The program is elaborated in detail and creates staff that are immediately competitive on the market.
Brainster: How was your experience as a student? What was the biggest challenge you faced and how did you manage to overcome it?
Nikola: I would say that the biggest challenge was to start a new career from scratch without any prior knowledge and in just a few months to find myself in a new professional environment that was previously unknown to me.
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Brainster: Which module was most interesting to you and why?
Nikola: All modules have their own beauty because you study different aspects of the profession and slowly assemble the big picture.
We just finished the module for “Front-end” where we learned how to code, so I would single it out as something completely different from the previous modules and of course every honour for Gorjan who is a great lecturer.
Brainster: You are currently working on coding your portfolio at the Bootcamp. Can you describe the process?
Brainster: Even before you finished the Bootcamp, you managed to get a job in the company Ryaktive. How did you get here?
Nikola: Thanks to the Brainster Career Team who is taking care of the students’ future jobs, I was invited to an interview with the superiors of the software development company Ryaktive.
In the interview, I generally presented the projects from my portfolio and we talked about specific issues from the UX aspect. Although the interview lasted an hour and a half, it passed very quickly for me and most importantly the people from Ryaktive were satisfied with my presentation. A few days later, I received an email informing me that I had been hired as a UX designer at their company.
Brainster: What are the expectations of your working as a young UX/UI designer? What would be your tasks? What technologies/tools would you use?
Nikola: For a start, I expect many meetings where I will simultaneously study and present my ideas and potential solutions.
I still do not know which tools will be part of the processes in the company, but I expect to be part of the whole UX process during the work tasks, and that includes interviews with stakeholders, research, character creation, affinity diagrams, wireframes, style guides and the like.
Brainster: Finally, what would you recommend to all those who want to make a career change in UX/UI design field?
Nikola: I would definitely encourage them to take the first step as it is one of the most in-demand and highest-paid professions at the moment. The world is gradually being digitalized and with that come to the need for qualified staff in the field of the IT industry.