Design graduate talks working in UX and how she came to study visual communications

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"I think Waterford is a nice city. It is not too big and not too small."

BA in Visual Communications graduate, Kinga Adamczewska and St Mary's College Arklow past pupil outlines why she choose WIT over going to Dublin

Where are you from?  
I am Polish, but I grew up in Arklow, Co. Wicklow.  

What course did you study?  
BA (Hons) in Visual Communications.  

Tell me more about what visual communications is.  

It is basically all aspects of design, like graphic design, video design, branding, web design, brochure design, poster design.  

What made you choose this course?  
I thought I wanted to be a nurse in 5th and 6th year of secondary school but a few weeks before CAO closed, I asked myself - is this something that I will really enjoy doing?. I realised nursing wasn't for me. Since I was little I always enjoyed drawing, and when I got older I started playing around with Photoshop. I always loved making beautiful things. I decided I wanted to give Visual Communications a go.  

What was your favourite aspect of the course?
I really enjoyed problem-solving. We worked on projects where we had to keep the client and end user in mind. It was very interesting to be able to make something look beautiful but also make sure it was going to work for the target audience.

Did you have work placement?
I did work placement in the WIT marketing office last year. I really enjoyed that. I did a lot of digital work and videos.  

Why did you choose WIT?  
I think Waterford is a nice city. It is not too big and not too small. Dublin didn’t appeal to me, it is too big and there are too many people. I had heard good things about WIT so I wanted to see what it was like.  

What advice would you give to somebody thinking about doing the same course?  
If you enjoy problem-solving, working independently, and learning new things every day then this course is for you. The last four years have been all about learning and experimenting.

What are you doing  now?  
I am working at Threefold Systems in Waterford as a Junior UX (User Experience) Designer. It's a software development company. I really enjoy it, the atmosphere is so fun and relaxed.

What is UX Design?  
User experience is all about making sure that the piece of software actually works for people and it gives them a meaningful, accessible and pleasant experience. We do things like user research, wireframing, user journeys, personas, prototypes etc. And of course, we make sure it looks beautiful.

What stands out the most for you from your experience at WIT?  
I really liked how small WIT classes are. You actually got to interact and speak to your lectures which is a really important aspect of this course. When you walk down the street, they would recognise you and know your name. You also get to grow closer with your classmates and make friends for life.

Interviewed by Susie Brennan at Conferring 2018

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