This roundtable turned to a conversation between the two — Abhinav Chhikara & Sidharth, since the other guests couldn't make it. We talked about several topics but mostly covered:
*Switching to design career*
- Switching from a non-design industry to design or designer roles
- Why self-learning is the future of design and why & how you should make your own "path"
- A framework by Abhinav on how you can track your progress and what you can expect as you start to self-learn design
*Switching from one design specialization to another*
- Why may you want to change — what are some good reasons?
- Switching from Graphic Design to Product Design
- Product Designers learning or moving to Motion Design and vice versa
*Generalist vs specialist & multi-disciplinary designers*
- Difference and common things between a generalist and a specialist
- How requirements and opportunities change as you shift between the two
- We frequently share our success — let's talk about one story of failure and what you'd learn from it
Abhinav is working on www.10kdesigners.com — with a goal to help 10,000 new self-taught designers emerge in the industry with a network of industry experts. His YouTube Channel, uisources.com, booklets.io, and many future projects will be under that mother brand.
After several failed attempts at building some apps, I have moved back to blog ging, vlogging, speaking at colleges, creating content, & sharing his journey — watching folks from college enter the industry and d o well, over the years, and the possibility of being a part of their story is what keeps me going.
Abhinav Chhikara is a design educator, digital creator, youtuYouTuberber, and mentor to many designers across the country. Check out his YouTube channel at youtube.com/ABNUX
Find the full transcript of the podcast here.
While each one of us is born naturally curious, the education system & our mental-models, that our society runs on, train it out of us. Owning and honing this curiosity can change our lives — especially in the age of the internet.
With the internet, education yourself and building a career & wealth has become the easiest it has ever been. You can pick-up any soft-skill, learn a language, learn to design, build an app, learn programing, find jobs and freelance gigs across the world, collaborate with folks, or even network and build a brand. We can either use the internet to stalk our crushes and ex-s or use to our advantage.
My journey with curiosity & internet led me to try out my hands at the business starting at the age of 12, and then being a part of Indian startup ecosystem with Instamojo (2012-2019) and now across the world with Headout. Working startups & building industry-changing products is my calling.
Startups create wealth — and wealth is better than selling time to get money. However, wealth & success both are subjective — for some, it can be owning shares, IPs, or degrees, for others, it can be a stable relationship, living a healthy & natural life. So how do you find and define your criteria of success? How do you #findyourpassion?
The first step is to expose yourself to various ideas until you start getting interested in something. You can use the internet to do this — Wikipedia & YouTube is your friend here. (both free!)
The second step is to try and invest effort into your interest and gain some skill & experience — you can find tutorials & people online to help you with this. Once we start putting effort and see the results — that's when half the "interest" drop from viable options. Some that stick will turn into a passion as you continue to invest focus & time in it.
In the world where most mundane jobs will be taken over by AI, just a college degree won't be enough. More and more startups & jobs will revolve around multi-disciplinary people. Don't wait for a sign form the universe — skills & learnings compound over time — startup today.
Speech by King Sidharth at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore on 22 Feb 2020.
Sidharth has been part of several startups in the Indian startup ecosystem — from Cleartax & Instamojo to now at Headout solving product & design problems. He's given talks at 40+ colleges and events talking about future careers, startups, self-learning, and design, including at two TEDx events.
Invite Sidharth to your college: @kingsidharth on Instagram or Google "King Sidharth speaker"
Check out the video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmRlPl_Ljh8
(or search for "King Sidharth internet career" on YouTube)
What if we could get some kick-ass folks to sit together and talk about questions and issues that most won't address.
With the first roundtable, we explored the topic "Career Path as a Designer", with:
Abhinav Chhikara — Designer, YouTuber, & Digital Creator
Arjun Arunkumar, Designer at Swiggy
Hardik Pandya — Designer at Google
Madhuri Maram — Co-founder at Xperian & D+P, Host at Hireworthy Podcast
Here are some questions we talked about:
What, we wish, we knew when starting our careers as a designer 1:38
What excites us about the future of design & tech? 12:55
Career Options: Individual Contributor (IC) vs Managerial Roles (and other ideas) 34:44
Importance of Design Evangelism & Design Mentorship — for organisations & individuals 54:42
Design Community & Industry Talk 01:07:18
From improving on communication, collaboration to alignment and people-management skills. We talked about all! How would you answer these questions? What were your favourite moments from the roundtable?
Have someone in mind that we should invite for a roundtable? Leave a comment!
#design #designcareer #uiuxdesigner #seniordesigner #leaddesigner #designmanager #careertips #designcareertips
Nandini Gangal (from Udaipur, Rajasthan) started as an engineering student, taught herself UI/UX design and went on to become a product designer at Rentomojo, Flipkart, and (now) CRED. In the first part of her interview, we discuss her childhood influences, how she discovered & learned design, how she convinced her parents for this unconventional career choice.