From Ballet to UX Design: The Art of Transition

15 November 2023 6:00 pm Online Career Change , UX Design
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Are you considering a career in UX design, but not exactly sure where to start?

Watch this recording of a LIVE event with CareerFoundry alumni Rina Takikawa who’s now a fully-fledged Product Designer working at Mooch.

In this interview we explored Rina’s inspiring journey, a ballet dancer who successfully pivoted her career into UX design. Rina shared her insights, shedding light on her motivations, challenges, and achievements during this career transition.

We discussed:

  • Essential Skills: Discover the parallels between Rina’s passion for arts and the world of design, and all the transferable skills she brought from her previous background. We’ll learn from her experience and get tips on what to focus on.
  • CareerFoundry’s Dual Mentorship Model: Rina shared her experience of studying on the UI Design Program and how mentorship makes all the difference.
  • Landing the First Job in the Field: We discussed the crucial role that a portfolio plays, and how Rina crafted a portfolio that made her stand out to potential employers.

Whether you’re just starting to think about a career in UX, or you’re already considering enrolling on the UX Design Program—we know that with the right motivation and support, you can do this!

Whatever your age or background, you’re sure to leave this recording feeling empowered and more inspired to tackle whatever your career change brings.

Would you like to kick start your career change?

Sign up for CareerFoundry’s FREE UX or UI Design short course to get an introduction to the field.

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Rina Takikawa

Product Designer at Mooch

Rina Takikawa is a product designer based in Los Angeles. She began her career as a ballerina before transitioning to technology. She is one of the founding members at Mooch, a fintech startup that is building a budgeting app for Gen Z, where she leads design and research. Rina has been featured in press outlets such as Business Insider and Built In, and has spoken at the University of Arizona, Triangirls, and UX Copenhagen, among others.