Chase Meusel, UX Researcher at Microsoft as of December, gave the luncheon lecture of the day. He emphasized volunteering, interning/working in your field of interest, and finding a mentor. He also recommended attending open houses, seminars, conferences, and taking on leadership roles. Basically, don’t sit around a wait for good stuff to happen.
One interesting thing he pointed out that I hadn’t considered was that market research was not a part of his grad school and was something that he had to learn for his current position in industry. He also talked about PhD. prelim and final defenses. I hadn’t realized there was a difference.
Below is a recap of his slides.