projekt202 Senior UX Designers Kim Harris and Charlie Trotter share what it's like to work at one of the leading software design and development companies.
Coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne Imes, Impostor Syndrome refers to high-achievers who are unable to genuinely accept their accomplishments, attributing them instead to luck, coincidence or some other intangible. It’s a pressure that particularly bears down on the technology community. In this interview, Senior UX Designer Kim Harris explores this surprisingly common syndrome, her personal experience with it, and helpful advice for conquering it.
projekt202 is actively committed to supporting and developing outstanding team members throughout our organization. We work with universities and groups throughout our tech communities to foster career development, education and growth. In this article, UX Design Intern Kristi Muse shares her perspective on being part of the projekt202 team.
A key reason for projekt202's standing as a Top Place to Work is the recognition of our team members' strengths, talents and career interests.
Project Coordinator Carly Lord describes her career path and responsibilities at projekt202:
I started at projekt202 as the Dallas Office Manager. From there, I became involved in the Experience Strategy and Insight (ESI) practice by assisting in the creation and operation of our Usability Lab in Dallas.
Exposure to projects that came through the lab led me to recognize an opportunity within the Project Management practice. Leveraging my skill set and background, I was promoted to a Project Coordinator, where I have been busy every hour of every day since.
In any of the roles I've held at projekt202, I've worked very hard to be the person that people come to in order to solve miscellaneous problems. When you are mortar and not so much a brick, you end up with a wide range of responsibilities that puts you in the face of many diverse challenges.
To be successful, you have to be transparent, kind and proactive. If you do all those things, there is no such thing as a challenge.
projekt202 has invested in me with trainings, certification classes and mentorship opportunities. They have put their belief in me to be accountable for the success of a client's investment and satisfaction with their experience at projekt202. That kind of investment and confidence is something I'm grateful for every day.
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"I have seen myself grow into a management position where I can mentor others."
If you're looking for a range of opportunities, you'll find them at projekt202, says Creative Director, UX Mike Townson:
Over the four years I have worked at projekt202, I've learned a lot, thanks to the ability to work on multiple client projects in many different industries. I have been involved in rigorous research activities and design sessions of complex software systems, educated Fortune 50 companies on the value of research and UX to get the job done right the first time, and worked alongside brilliant development teams, watching my designs come to fruition.
Along with all those opportunities, I have had the chance to move to another city and start a new life in a new office, yet with the same great company.
One of the things I have learned through my four-year career is that "you won't know the answer unless you ask" and "you can always learn something new."
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"I knew that moving to projekt202 was the right move for my career. What I didn't know at the time, though, was how impactful the job was going to be for me."
projekt202 has been a moving experience for Senior UX Designer Jerehmie Cannon.
Jerehmie headed in a new direction -- northwest, to be exact -- with the opening of projekt202's Seattle office in 2013.
"The relocation was great and everyone in the Seattle office -- four people at the time -- really went out of their way to make sure I was set up with everything I needed on a personal level," he said. "The move to Seattle was seamless and now I'm fortunate enough to learn how to grow a fledgling office."
On the professional level, too, Jerehmie said projekt202 has provided him with exciting new challenges and opportunities:
I've gone from being a Senior Designer with basic delivery responsibilities to completely owning projects from start to finish.
projekt202 is great about figuring out where people fit best. Our leadership has a knack for asking and inferring what each of us really want out of our careers. They foster an environment that is flexible enough to let us figure our own way.
I have been fortunate enough to work with huge clients, but the level of talent at projekt202 is so high that I'm constantly challenged to be a better designer, consultant and professional.
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"I fully believe leaders aren't chosen -- they're made. projekt202 presents a lot of opportunities and you just have to be willing and persistent enough to go get them."
One of the many perks of working at projekt202 is the ongoing opportunity for advancement. Employees aren't boxed into specific roles; in fact, team members are encouraged to embrace their professional passions and think outside the box when it comes to their career paths and roles.
Senior UX Designer Lan Nguyen shared the career development opportunities she's found at projekt202:
When I started, I was told that I would be given a lot of autonomy, which still holds true today. I've been encouraged to take on more responsibility outside my job title.
projekt202 has been very encouraging for me. I am in two mentorship programs: one with projekt202 leadership and one with (Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer) Peter Eckert, who works specifically with the UX team.
I've been able to grow very fast and far in the 15 months that I've been with the company. It's really all about what you want to do and the impact you'd like to make.
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"Engagement. Opportunities. Advancement. Those are three motivational differences that set projekt202 apart."
These significant characteristics have made projekt202 the employer of choice for Solutions Architect Reggie Samuel and our team of talented, dedicated professionals. Reggie shared the ways that projekt202 stands out:
In my nearly three years with projekt202, I have experienced unique opportunities that have grown me professionally and personally. Beginning as a Senior Developer and having since been promoted to Architect, where I now manage a small group of Developers, I have had the opportunity to hone my communication skills and succinctly relate our vision to my team.
projekt202 has a well-laid-out roadmap for its employees to develop their skill sets and build knowledge for career advancement, be engaged in the work they perform, and receive incentives for outstanding employee performance.
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"projekt202’s emphasis on cross-functional teams really gives our employees a breadth of exposure to all of the roles necessary to create amazing software experiences ..."
At projekt202, we support career development among our diverse teams of professionals. Employees are actively encouraged to investigate and take on new responsibilities and roles that allow them to grow in their professions.
Program Manager Mike Mannis shares his perspective on his career path at projekt202:
I originally joined projekt202 as a Solutions Architect and led the development effort on multiple projects. Yet, over time, I was becoming disenchanted with the day-to-day intricacies of actual development. However, I was still interested in the software development process, especially the focus on research and design at projekt202.
When I spoke to my manager, he was very understanding and helped set me on a new career path, first in information architecture and analysis, and then in project management, expanding on my project experience from my architect role.
projekt202’s emphasis on cross-functional teams really gives our employees a breadth of exposure to all of the roles necessary to create amazing software experiences, which, in turn, makes career growth -- even in a totally different direction -- a natural effect of working here.
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