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I chose the IT field which appeared to be a good choice because it can give me a bunch of opportunities to fulfill my dream and work as a designer. And I decided to get relevant education. For that, I enrolled in a local community college, Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), in the state of Georgia, USA.

I received three Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in:

  • Computer Programming;

  • Web Design; 

  • Web Development.

And, I got a bunch of Technical Certificates (TCC). Here is the list of technical certificates that could be relevant to the Product Design role :

  • Graphics and Animation Design;

  • Mobile App Design; 

  • Social Media Design;

  • Information Technology Fundamentals.

During my studies, I passed the tests and exams with flying colors because I was inspired by the subjects I was studying. Unexpectedly for me, I was even included in the president's list several times. Moreover, I was recommended to The National Society of Leadership and Success by SCTC.

The classes that impressed me the most at community college were web and mobile design, graphic and animation design. I found them interesting and they became my favorite. The projects I created were so great that my instructor advised me to focus on developing my skills in designing software applications. 

At the end of the studying process, my family had to move to California but luckily I was allowed to complete classes online. But unfortunately, I lost a chance to complete the internship provided by my college. As a result, I did not have the portfolio and experience required to find a job as a web and mobile designer.

When I moved to California, besides my online studies at the college, I enrolled in a Master's Degree in Computer Science online program at Colorado Technical University. And by the end of 2020, I graduated from college and got my Master's Degree in Computer Science.

However, not having enough experience in web and mobile design and not having internship projects for my portfolio I settled for the position of an SW Test Engineer in an IT company in the hope to have a chance to show my skills as a product designer one day. And, it turned out to be as I planned. I worked as an SW Test Engineer for about 6 months when a new project appeared inside the company. As the company did not have enough budget to hire a designer needed for a project I decided to take this opportunity and make the most of it. I offered my assistance and created a user interface design and user experience for the payment application that later was used for demo purposes on the company’s payment devices. My design work was approved by the CEO of the company. And as a result, I was asked to help with the design of software applications for all the teams inside the company on a regular basis.

At the end of 2020, I was promoted to the position of UI/UX design engineer. I was excited!

As a UI/UX design engineer, I improved UX and UI design for Cloud-Based Device Management Systems. It became more user-friendly and intuitively understandable which led to its participation in the first technical show in Las Vegas in 2021. 

I could say that I wore several hats working for the company. In addition to my direct responsibilities as a UI/UX designer on the project of Cloud-Based Device Management Systems many teams at the company and:

  • created software product requirements;

  • prioritized features;

  • developed a product roadmap in collaboration with the engineers, product management, and sales teams;

  • created a user guide and content for video training for the sales department and more.

 

At the end of 2021, my contribution to the company was noticed and highly evaluated. Unexpectedly, I was offered the position of Associate Product Manager (APM) by the product management team. 

At some point I realized that I reached the top level in this company I did not see the advancement opportunities for myself. Moreover, I wanted to reach my full potential in design so, I made up my mind to quit. And shift my focus to design only.

As all of my projects from my previous job are under NDA and the majority of information is confidential I have to craft my product design portfolio from scratch. To get acquainted with the basic requirements of the hiring process and the way how to create design portfolios in a proper way I decided to enroll in Springboard boot camp.

I believe that having such versatile experience I can apply my knowledge and expertise in many industries!

 I love design in everything around me and everyday things. I have always dreamed of becoming a designer. But my hard personal life circumstances made it hard for me to fulfill my dream in the past. 

 

I am an American with Ukrainian roots. My first higher education was a bachelor's degree in pharmaceuticals, which I received in Ukraine. It was required for my career growth because back then I took the position of the Chief of the Medical Warehouse. I worked there for 6 years. Then I got married, gave birth to my beautiful daughter, and took care of my family for about 12 years. 

When I relocated to the United States of America I decided to change my profession and I started thinking about following my teenage girl dream to become a designer.

My Story

My Hobby

I have hobbies that keep up with my area of expertise by taking pictures of nature, creating images, and making videos on my phone, with the drone, GoPro, Waterproof camera, on the earth and in the air, on the land, and under the water and everywhere.

Also, I enjoy paddling on my paddleboard, walking along the beach, looking for sea turtles on beaches, hiking on beautiful trails, and more.

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