From left to right: Director of Admissions Christie Barone, Brandeis GPS Alumni Craig Cailler, and Assistant Director of Partnership Engagement Michaela Henry
Last week, Brandeis GPS sponsored UXPA Boston’s annual conference. The event was a day-long, in person conference featuring networking opportunities, professional development sessions, and several panels and keynote speakers about different topics in the industry.
Our own User-Centered Design (UCD) faculty and board members were integral to the success of the day. UCD faculty member Bob Thomas is President of UXPA Boston. He kicked off the day with a welcome address, and later hosted a group mentoring session. The chair of the UCD program, Eva Kaniasty, was featured on the panel “Design of Design Education,” along with program board members Chris Hass and Lou Susi.
“Design of Design Education” Panel at UXPA Boston | From left to right: Jason Reynolds, Amy Heymans, Eva Kaniasty, and Chris Hass
Chris Hass is on the board of UXPA Boston as well.
Lou Cimaglia, a Brandeis GPS Lunch and Learn speaker, also gave a talk titled “Content Isn’t A Word: A Team Approach to UX Writing.” His Lunch and Learn – register here! – will be this Thursday, October 20 at 12pm.
For more information on the User-Centered Design program or any other GPS programs, visit our website.
First comes product or service, then comes user. Right? Unfortunately, this simple method no longer holds true in our user-driven society. In today’s world, the user always comes first.
In order to create a product or service with staying power, you need to first find out who your user is. Then, you need to find out what they want, how they behave, and their likes and dislikes. User-Centered Design has become an integral element in the creation of just about any product or service.
If you’re a data scientist, you’re lucky enough to possess what Glassdoor calls the best job of 2017.
The online recruiting site released its annual top jobs list earlier this week, and it’s no surprise that data analytics dominated the majority of the positions in the top 10.
“We suddenly have a new and abundant resource that previously didn’t exist on such a scale: data — big data,” said Ellen Murphy, director of program development at Brandeis University’s division of Graduate Professional Studies (GPS). “Individuals with the skills and knowledge on how to mine this resource, refine this resource and use it strategically, are what industries are demanding. The need for data specialists will only continue to grow and expand.”
According to EAB, Glassdoor researchers examined user data and member profiles and assigned job ratings based on three primary criteria: median annual base salaries, overall job satisfaction and the number of openings for each position. Here’s Glassdoor’s top 10 jobs with median base salary and job score:
- Data Scientist, $110,000, 4.8/5
- DevOps Engineer, $110,000, 4.7/5
- Data Engineer, $106,000, 4.7/5
- Tax Manager, $110,000, 4.7/5
- Analytics Manager, $112,000, 4.6/5
- HR Manager, $85,000, 4.6/5
- Database Administrator, $93,000, 4.5/5
- Strategy Manager, $130,000, 4.5/5
- UX Designer, $92,500, 4.4/5
- Solutions Architect, $125,000, 4.4/5
View Glassdoor’s full list of the 50 best jobs in America here.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016
2-3 p.m. EDT
Hosted by Lou Susi, Program Chair of the MS in User-Centered Design
When we design for experience, subtle and peculiar shifts come into play that demand a uniquely compassionate way of thinking about and guiding our practice. This webinar will explore:
- The benefits of putting story concepts at the center of a human-centered design approach to improve the design process
- The quality of a total human experience we’re ultimately all creating through our work.
- High-level perspectives, philosophies and mindsets pertaining to both design thinking and decision-making
Learn more and register!