I’ll put it right out there – I didn’t go to University. I don’t have a degree.
Where I fall down in BSc, I make up for with passion, motivation and hard work.
I got 8 A-C GCSEs.
After school I worked 3 jobs until I landed my 1st job at Britannia. Whilst working in the online mortgages processing team, I did a HTML course at Buxton University which helped me get a web developer role in the Internet team. I was thrown in at the deep-end and this is where my work ethic was born from having such an amazing team around me. During my employment here I did several short web design courses through The Open University and freelance web builds using WordPress.
See my career so far for more employment-related info.
I’m a self-learner. If I don’t know something, I’ll learn it and prefer to learn ‘on the job’ rather than with a textbook.
Here are my most recent completed courses:
- Heuristic analysis frameworks for conversion optimisation audits, CXL
- User Research – Methods and Best Practices (Distinction) The Interaction Design Foundation
For everything else, please see my LinkedIn profile which has all up to date completed courses and feel free to checkout my Interaction Design Foundation profile to see my completed and current courses.
In my spare time
I read endless Medium stories (mainly UX planet), I keep up to date with benchmarks and standards on NN/g, Baymard, Gov Designs & CRO advances in Paul Boag’s UX Slack channel. I follow people on LinkedIn & learn a lot by engaging with other like-minded UX folk.
I read the latest articles on Peep Laja’s conversionxl.com and conversion-rate-experts.com. I subscribe to The Drum to keep up to date with the latest in the Marketing industry. I attend UX Crunch meetups, the most recent was last night (23/3/2021) where the speakers talked about how the role of a designer works in business.