This is a skill that I’ve used in nearly every job I’ve ever had.
It’s paid off both in UX and in life.
This is unconventional, but I thought about it one night as I was falling asleep. I'm deeply proud of myself for always listening to my gut throughout my career and as I get further along I realize more of the themes, I didn't know when I first started. One of the themes is listening to people. Here's a list of the projects that required me to listen.
Campus Marketing Representative for Universal:
Listening to audiences comments during movie sneak peeks.
Community Advisor at Texas Tech:
Listening to my residence ups and downs of entering college.
Red Raider Orientation Counselor at Texas Tech:
Listening to incoming students and helping them narrow down choices on majors.
Co-Producer/Cinematographer for CSP:
Listening to surrogates telling their stories about their experiences and sharing it with potential surrogates.
Interaction Designer at Ply:
Listening to clients and users.
UX Instructor at GA:
Listening to students go through a career change, make presentations, work in groups, and reflect about their identities.
Senior Product Designer:
Listening to my co-workers, clients, and users.
Listening to people talk about their relationship history all the way back into their childhood experiences.
Listening to what my clients need.
I'm not sure if this activity was fruitless, or if it was more for my own understanding, but that's 9 years of professional listening that I can write down on paper. I think if we all learned to listen more, we would all learn more, and the world would be a more peaceful place.