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Six tips for a career in UX

Wednesday, 07/21/2021

Principal Engineer (PE) at Intel Marla Gomez (MSI ’04) recently shared the story of how her tremendous tech career began as a transition where opportunity, support and curricular values from the University of Michigan School of Information served as a basis for extraordinary growth.  

Now a member of the dean’s External Advisory Board, Master of Science in Information alumna Marla offers counsel to UMSI on matters related to a wide range of topics, including research initiatives and curriculum development. 

As PE and manager of Intel’s IT User Experience division, she also has career advice for UMSI students looking to build successful careers in user experience (UX) and user interaction (UI) design. 

Find her six top career tips for UX designers below, along with online resources, suggested courses and more from UMSI to help you put Marla’s advice into action. 


Build a diverse portfolio. 

Seek out real-world experience. 

Make the most of user research. 

Get really good at testing. 

Know the front-end languages.

Align yourself with the mission. 


Check out the UMSI Career Development Office’s Career Resource Library for more resources to assist in your career development, and direct any career-related questions to