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Amber Sewell

Senior Product Designer at HubSpot

Course Taken

User Experience Design

Course Type

Part-time Certificate Course

Key Skills Learned

  • User Research
  • Sketching and Wireframing
  • Prototyping
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Amber Sewell

Interview

Where are you currently working and what is it that you do there?

I’m currently working at HubSpot, where I’m a Senior Product Designer for the Sales Hub product line, focusing specifically on the Sales Rep experience and helping them to leverage our product to be more efficient.

What does your typical day look like?

I’m relatively new to this position so I have been spending a lot of time learning about the product. I also have been working on improving and updating key product features, talking to customers to get feedback on larger roadmap initiatives, and teaming up with other Designers and UX Researchers to dive deeper into the customer insights.

Can you tell us a bit about your education and career background?

I have a BA in graphic and web design and MFA in graphic communications, management, and technology. I've worked as a Visual/UX/Digital Designer ever since mainly for advertising-based companies.

Why did you choose to study at BrainStation?

I wanted to pivot back towards UX/UI design and although I was doing this type of work at my current job, it wasn't the exact role I wanted. I thought it would be a good opportunity to fill in the gaps of principles I haven't experienced in a while and be held accountable for updating my portfolio.

I wanted to pivot back towards UX/UI design and although I was doing this type of work at my current job, it wasn't the exact role I wanted. I thought it would be a good opportunity to fill in the gaps of principles I haven't experienced in a while and be held accountable for updating my portfolio.

What was the highlight of your learning experience?

The highlights of my learning experience at Brainstation were the projects and having access to an industry professional as an Instructor.

What was the most challenging part of your learning experience?

The most challenging part of studying at BrainStation was learning to balance my full-time work with the coursework.

After BrainStation, I was able to quickly pivot into the role I wanted to be in, so it was 100 percent worth the investment.

How has your BrainStation experience impacted your career?

After BrainStation, I was able to quickly pivot into the role I wanted to be in, so it was 100 percent worth the investment.

What would you say were the most valuable skills you learned?

Both the UX Design and Web Development certificate courses gave me the confidence I needed to get better in my role.

What advice would you give to professionals considering a BrainStation course?

Think carefully about what you want to get out of it, what your expectations are, and that there is never a guarantee you will get a job right away. There is a lot of work you will have to put in besides taking the course. Be open to changing your mindset and use this as a way to network with other like-minded professionals as well.

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