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  1. @lynneux
    @lynneux at |

    I love this post, Lis. I’ve come back and re-read it a couple of times. I feel the exact same way and had yet another conversation about this today. I don’t fully agree that wanting to drive strategy, etc means you have to be in design management–I like @whitneyhess’ take that we can be product managers and strategists. More and more that’s where I see myself headed. n

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    1. Lis Hubert
      Lis Hubert at |

      Thanks Lynne! I think what I’m saying is exactly what both you and Whitney are saying (sorry if I didn’t make that clear :-/ ) but I also don’t think that management should be our only option. In fact I whole heartedly believe that we will all become managers, product managers, or marketers… I def see myself headed the product route as well.

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  2. UX… It’s Time to Grow Up | Elisabeth Hubert

    […] I wrote a post explaining that I didn’t want to be an Interaction Designer forever (you can read Confession: I don’t want to be an Interaction Designer forever here). I’ve been doing even more reading, thinking, discussing on the topic, and have come up […]

  3. Bella Martin
    Bella Martin at |

    Beautiful and brave post, Lis. It is an incredibly difficult thing to admit things like this to ourselves, a whole other level of difficulty to admit it to a community that we love and respect. Staying loyal and having the willingness to listen to your gut instincts are key, though…they never will mislead. Looking forward to seeing where this line of inquiry takes you, and best of luck!

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    1. Lis Hubert
      Lis Hubert at |

      Thanks Bella!! I SO appreciate the support 🙂

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  4. A.Nonymous
    A.Nonymous at |

    I started my career as a software developer. I always had a business focus, and ended up getting an MBA. I finally got to a point where the technology outpaced my ability to be a hands-on contributor, and I gravitated toward project management. I’ve been essentially doing that for 13 or 14 years now, and God’s honest truth? I’ve grown to hate it. rnI do my job because I need a job and its what I know how to do. If I didn’t have to think about saving for retirement (20 years from now, if I make it that long), I’d definitely be doing something else. Give me a satisfying job that pays enough to handle the bills and has health insurance and I’m in. Having a six-figure job and expendible income is nice, but at the end of the day if you’re not happy with your job and don’t want to go into work the next day, what good is it?

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  5. Jeff Gothelf
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    Sounds to me like you should point your career towards design management. It’s at this level that you set vision, provide feedback and insights, course correction etc but don’t do a whole lot of pixel-level interaction design. Ironically, now that I’m at that level, I miss the design part.nnCareful what you wish for. :-)nn[Jeff]

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    1. Lis Hubert
      Lis Hubert at |

      Great point Jeff… and Touche 🙂

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