Success to me is about doing impactful work that helps the people around me, and working in an environment that allows me to advance in my UI/UX skills. Lastly, it is also to be able to give back by mentoring aspiring junior UX designers.
I noticed that the tech industry was booming back when I was younger, and so I wanted to be part of it. Since the tech space is also traditionally male-dominated, I was motivated to be in it to show that women like me are capable too, and contribute to minority representation.
Not having the relevant formal education in my current field was a big hurdle for me. I studied Political Science and had to pick up a lot of the skills on the job, through self-studying, and by doing side projects. It took time, and I struggled to overcome the imposter syndrome that came along with it.
One thing I always think about is the pressure of having to do well because of the fear that any mistake could be misrepresented as a stereotype of minority women. It is daunting, but it also motivates me to always be the best version of myself.
Celebrate every little success, and trust in the process and journey. It’s okay if things don’t work out the first few times.
To be in a leadership position, and continue giving back to the community by mentoring aspiring/junior designers.