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You’ve decided you want to be a user experience professional. But where do you start? That’s a question we get asked frequently at Detroit User Experience and Ladies That UX Detroit meetup events and online discussion groups. After years in a specific field, our members are looking to make a successful mid-career transition. Others are looking to move from print design to user experience design.Members want to know about the best online and in-person training, degrees, and individual courses to become a user experience professional. Their questions cover multiple areas:What local colleges offer user experience programs?Do you have any book recommendations?What ways can I speed up my learning process?Where Do I Start?Last week, when one of our members said she wanted to expand her skills and become a user experience designer, over 20 recommendations were shared on Facebook by members of both meetup groups. I was impressed by the wide range of advice and suggestions. We have a truly caring and giving group of user experience professionals in our area! To share with everyone, I’ve compiled the recommendations for books, online training, and academic programs at the end of the post. But learning about user experience isn’t all training, taking classes, and books.Here’s some helpful advice from our members:Developing a strong portfolio is an important step. You’ll want to showcase examples of where you improved the UX. There are several online sites or you could use something like a WordPress portfolio template.Josie Scott, User Experience Design Researcher at Synchrony FinancialI recommend exposure via education followed by volunteering to get some experience.Darren Hood, UX SpecialistFollow the #ux hashtag on Twitter. You can create a Twitter list of UX people to follow, or if you want check out my Twitter listDeborah Edwards-Onoro, Web Developer and UX ProfessionalBooksThe Elements of User Experience by Jesse James GarrettUser Experience Books for Beginners: a compilation of books by the good folks at UX BoothBooks by Don NormanAny book by Steve KrugAnd don’t forget the Rosenfeld Media booksHandbook of Usability Testing by Dana ChisnellInformation Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, and Jorge S. ArangoUniversal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill ButlerOnline Courses and TrainingLynda.com: online videos and trainingUdemy: they often have sales on their courses for as low as $10/courseUX Online Courses: over 70 online courses, many with comprehensive reviews, from UX Mastery. Courses range from free, to $25/month and up, to a one-time fee of $29 to $499Interaction Design Foundation: courses endorsed by Don Norman. Note: courses available for free to members.Certificates, Bachelor, and Masters Degree ProgramsYou’ll find post-secondary programs in the list below to earn certificates, Bachelor and Masters degrees in the fields of User Experience, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Library and Information Science, Digital Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and others.University of MichiganKent State UniversityBentley University: offering certificate and Masters degreesUX Degrees: A list of post-secondary schools around the world offering degrees and certificatesHave any more recommendations or tips for learning user experience? Share them in the comments.Update July 6, 2015: Accessibility advocate Jennifer Sutton recommended another resource to learn about user experience, AccessibleUX, a community practice that combines accessibility and user experience. Launched last week, the site provides support to people and organizations with case studies, resources, critiques and more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedUser Experience Groups in Metro DetroitWhen I attended my first Internet User Experience conference in Ann Arbor in the mid-2000’s, I knew I wanted to get involved with local user experience groups. The people I met at the conference were doing all the things I found fascinating about the web: user research, usability testing, and…In “User experience”February 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”Lessons Learned from 12+ Years of Organizing Meetup EventsImagine you’re a project manager, invited to speak at a local meetup group. You’ve spent six hours creating and fine-tuning your talk and presentation slides. The day before your talk, you check the online event registration site to see over 45 people have registered to hear you speak. Whoa! It’s…In “Miscellaneous”
According to statistics, an estimated 73% of South Africa’s youth, who make up 42% of the country’s population, are unemployed – a reality that needs to be addressed if the country is to effectively eradicate poverty, he said. This is especially the case with for young people in rural and peri-urban areas, as well as young people with disabilities. “The NYDA recognises that it cannot do this alone. South Africa is what it is today because of the power of partnerships and what they can achieve,” said Ngubeni. “We want to partner with the public and private sector and South Africans in general to make the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme effective.” The programme seeks to address this through five key areas: identification and technical training, entrepreneurship training, micro-enterprise finance, business mentorship and business opportunities and market linkages. In addition, an appeal is being made to public and private organisations to avail business opportunities such as procurement, retail and distribution, acquisition of equity stakes and others. Call for volunteers While the programme is aimed at young aspirant and established South African entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, preferences will be given to young people in rural and peri-urban areas and to those living with disabilities. 29 February 2012 “We believe that the Ithubalentsha Programme will go a long way in creating direct and sustainable employment for young people thereby alleviating the scourge of youth unemployment, which is a major concern to the NYDA.” “What the programme aims to achieve is to give young entrepreneurs the exposure that they need to succeed by facilitating access to mentors and business opportunities in both public and private sectors, while also empowering them with the relevant skills and start-up loans ranging from R1 000 to R100 000,” explained NYDA chief executive Steven Ngubeni in a statement last week. The agency is calling on South Africans experienced in the areas of leadership, management and business to volunteer to be mentors. According to the agency, young entrepreneurs face several barriers including lack of finance to start or expand their businesses, inadequate mentorship and business opportunities, and lack of business management and other appropriate skills. Among those who have come onboard are successful NYDA and Ithubalentsha ambassadors: Rita Zwane, owner of Imbizo Buy & Braai (popularly known as Busy Corner), author and activist for people with disabilities, Nenio Mbazima, and Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, CEO of South African digital marketing agency, KrazyBoyz Digital. For more information about Ithubalentsha Micro-Enterprise Programme and how to get involved, potential mentors and young entrepreneurs can visit the NYDA website at www.nyda.gov.za or e-mail [email protected] South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency has launched the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme, which will provide young aspirant and established entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, micro-enterprise finance, market linkages and access to business opportunities. It says all these factors combined often become entry barriers to business or result in a high failure rate among start-up businesses initiated by young entrepreneurs. Focus is on experienced entrepreneurs, business consultants, middle or senior managers, retired professionals, and life/business coaches. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp responds to Guardiola jibeby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a gibe at Manchester City’s Carabao Cup fixture.The Reds boss was speaking about his reasons for rotating the team against Wolves.He believed that his attackers needed a rest. And he suggested that if they had faced easier opposition, he may have put some of them in the team.Liverpool face Brighton on Saturday as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table.”If you have the full squad together, it’s massive [to have a lighter schedule],” Klopp told a pre-match news conference. “It’s really good. That’s my preferred rhythm.”It’s our situation – it’s not that we decided to go out of the EFL Cup or the FA Cup ourselves or that it’s not important. That’s not how it is.”We had Chelsea at home, which was probably the most difficult game, it was pretty tight and we lost it. Then Wolves was the situation and we had to make changes after the most intense month of the year in December.”If we had played a League Two team [instead of Wolves], maybe the offensive line could have played because the intensity is different and you have the ball most of the time, you can play.”Wolves make the pitch unbelievably big. You have to run. You cannot have the ball all the time. That means you have to understand the expected intensity of the game and you have to make a line-up. That’s what we did and we had a few injuries on top.”I would love to still be in these competitions, but we are not in them. We have to make the best of the time now. I know Pep [Guardiola] said he would prefer to be in four competitions. I would prefer the same.”We have to make the best of the time and get as many points as possible.”
The Christmas spirit was alive and well when the multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson stopped by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt prior to Christmas to sing and celebrate the season with patients, staff and families through Musicians on Call (MOC) Nashville.Clarkson, who recently released her Greatest Hits – Chapter One album, visited with the children and performed an acoustic set in the Children’s Hospital Theatre. The songstress led the packed room in a sing-along of her favorite holiday carols including “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” “White Christmas,” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Clarkson encouraged singing and dancing, and the children were happy to oblige. Following the show, the kind-hearted entertainer generously offered to visit the rooms of patients unable to attend.“This is such a special time of year and I’m so happy to be able to share it with all of these great kids. I’m probably having just as much, if not more, fun than they are,” exclaimed Clarkson. “I heard about Musicians On Call from a friend of mine,” she continued, “and I thought this would be the perfect way to get involved with a hospital music program here in Nashville. I love playing for the kiddos!!”MOC Nashville is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and since its inception, the Music City branch has grown to provide 11 weekly bedside performance programs throughout six area healthcare facilities and has played for over 60,000 patients. With the help of artists like Clarkson, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and so many more, MOC Nashville will continue to expand its reach within the Nashville community and deliver the healing power of music to those who need it most.For more information on MOC, please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org.Source:Musicians On Call
On June 23 Shout! Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King, a collection containing exclusive performances from the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Carole King.Available on Blu-ray and DVD, the collection includes gems from throughout the five-time GRAMMY winner’s illustrious catalog, including “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like),” performed by Alicia Keys; “You’ve Got A Friend,” performed by Lady Gaga; “It Might As Well Rain Until September,” performed by Miranda Lambert; and “Crying In The Rain,” performed by Miguel and Kacey Musgraves.Other artists lending their talents include Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, Jesse & Joy, Martina McBride, Jason Mraz, Jennifer Nettles, Pink, Train, and will.i.am. King herself also takes the stage to perform, among other songs, “Sweet Seasons,” “Hey Girl” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” with James Taylor.Proceeds from the sale of A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music professionals have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The 2015 honoree was Bob Dylan. Other honorees over the event’s 25-year history include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand, among others.For a full track listing, and to pre-order A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King, visit ShoutFactory.com.
Be prepared to adjust your driving to changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the Pine Pass this weekend, with the forecast calling for up to 30 cm by Sunday.Environment Canada is predicting a low-pressure system will sit over the region Saturday and into Sunday that brings with it, 25 to 30 cm of snow.Before heading in that direction, make sure to check the latest road conditions at www.drivebc.ca The forecast for the North Peace and Fort St. John also shows more snow. Expect flurries Saturday and heavier snow overnight into Sunday. We could receive another 10 to 15 cm of snow before the weekend is over.Here is the full weather warning for the Pine Pass.Warnings2:32 AM PDT Saturday 24 March 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassA stationary trough of low pressure will sit over the region today and right through Sunday.This trough will produce snow, heavy at times, for Pine Pass. Although steady light snow will be falling today, intensity will ramp up tonight and through Sunday.Total accumulation expected through the 36 hour period is 25 to 30 cm.
NEW DELHI: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, 240 cartons of illicit liquor has been seized by Delhi police crime branch from Azadpur area.Two accused Srikant and Toshin were arrested after Crime Branch team laid a trap near Azad Hind Gram, near Tikri Kalan Metro Station and the accused persons were apprehended and two tempos which were being used to supply this recovered illicit liquor have also been recovered and a total of 240 cartons (150+90) of Illicit Liquor with Haryana Excise stripe recovered in those two tempos found from their possession. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesOn interrogation, accused persons Srikant and Toshin disclosed that this liquor belongs to Dalbir Maan , a resident of Bahadurgarh, Haryana and was collected from his Godown, which was to be delivered one lady identified as Bhabhi of Jhuggi Badola Village, Azadpur, Delhi. They further disclosed that this recovered liquor was to be distributed in Parliament elections. “It was frequently emerging now days that due to parliament elections, several gangs are active in supply of illicit liquor in Delhi from Haryana. They are using innovative modus-operandi by using Tempos for supply of illicit liquor, so that no one can raise suspicion on them,” said Joy Tirkey, DCP Crime branch.
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim stayed back at the control room of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Friday night to take stock of the effects of cyclonic storm Fani, which is expected to hit the city between late Friday night and early Saturday morning.”We are taking all possible measures to ensure preparedness in the wake of the severe cyclonic storm which is expected to hit the coastal belt of the state between Friday late night and Saturday early morning. We have been able to vacate residents from a number of old and dangerous buildings in the city. We are working with the police to convince all residents of such buildings to shift to relief camps that have been set up in various parts of the city,” Hakim told reporters. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that there are around 1,800 old and dangerous buildings in the city. A senior KMC official said that sufficient relief material and food has been sent to all the boroughs in case of any emergency. The Member, Mayor-in-Councils will be in charge of supervision of the boroughs. “Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh will look after Borough 1 and 2, while Debasish Kumar, MMiC Parks and Gardens, will be in charge of Borough 7 and 8. Other MMiCs will also similarly supervise different areas,” the official added. “Our main aim is to ensure that there isn’t loss of a single life,” Hakim said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayKMC has already closed all the parks under its jurisdiction until further orders. They have also started removing hoardings and banners from different parts of the city to prevent any damage from their collapse during the cyclonic storm. The Mayor did not rule out chances of waterlogging in the city but assured that the civic body is making arrangements for quick drainage of water by alerting all pumping stations. Chief Secretary Malay De had held a high level meeting at Nabanna on Thursday with all concerned departments and senior officials of Navy, Coast Guard, NDRF, State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Kolkata Police. A control room has already been made functional till May 5. The number of the control room is 1070 (toll free) and 22535185. Ferry services and plying of all boats in the city were suspended from Friday afternoon and is expected to remain so at least till Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay issued a press statement stating that his department will closely supervise the situation and is ready in terms of disaster preparedness. He urged people to switch off all electrical connections during the cyclone. “No one should stand near electric poles during the storm and call up the helpline number of the department if there is any damage to such poles,” the minister added. State Backward Classes Welfare minister Rajib Banerjee stopped his election campaign on Friday and was seen engaged in cautioning people about the probable effect of the cyclone. He urged people not to panic, assuring that the state administration is taking all measures in the wake of Fani.