Interview with Trinidad Araujo, DESIGNATION Alum and UX Designer at @WalmartLabs

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Interview with Trinidad Araujo

Trinidad Araujo is an alum of the Lavender cohort. A California native, Trinidad came to Chicago and DESIGNATION to shift from an career in language and literature to one in design. She returned to the Bay Area as a UX designer at @WalmartLabs.

 

Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I’m a UX Designer at @WalmartLabs.

Tell us a little bit about your new job!
I’m on a design team working on Seller Center, a place where third-party sellers on Walmart.com can manage their inventory and everything that comes with it. Seller Center also presents the sellers with insights, so I get to help with all the cool data visualization stuff that I love.

How would you describe the DESIGNATION experience?
Transformative. If you really give the program all that you have, you’ll learn so much. It is kind of shocking how much you improve from the work you’re doing when you enter the program to the work you put in your portfolio at the end. The bootcamp context really helps you learn quickly, and you take that ability with you. Now that I’m three months out of DESIGNATION, I’m already looking back on the work that I did when I was leaving the program and amazed at how much I’ve improved since then. I want to redo my entire portfolio already!

What was the most interesting or useful thing you learned during the cohort?
How to work in design teams. DESIGNATION really sets you up to work with developers, visual designers and other UX designers, a dynamic you take with you into the workplace.

“You get to meet people that are as passionate about design as you are, which is awesome.”

What are the people at DESIGNATION like (including staff, instructors and fellow students)?
They are all really dedicated. The staff is really helpful, and the other students are really driven. You get to meet people that are as passionate about design as you are, which is awesome.

What were you doing before you came to DESIGNATION?
I was pursuing an MFA in New Media and waitressing in the evenings. The art school that I was at didn’t really ever update their curriculum to industry standards and was super expensive, a combination that made me really unhappy.

How did you hear about DESIGNATION, and why did you decide to come?
I Googled “UX bootcamps.” I had seen bootcamps turn out really successful devs, and I was hoping there was something like that for UX.

How did DESIGNATION help prepare you for your new role?
DESIGNATION taught me all the design tools and methods that are popular in the industry right now. I used everything I learned at DESIGNATION in the design challenge/interviewing phase for my current job, and I felt confident and did well.

What was your favorite part of the DESIGNATION experience?
The people, which I didn’t expect because I came to Chicago with a work mindset! Also, Chicago is a pretty cool place to explore.

What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the industry?
Learn all you can, and really put yourself out there and ask for feedback. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those you think can help you.

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