Tell us about your current job/career path.
I currently work as a Product Designer on Ryanair’s app and website. I design screens and flows to help our users complete tasks such as booking or checking in quickly and easily. On a typical day I could be researching what competitors are doing, participating in design workshops, sketching concepts on paper, building and testing prototypes or drafting visual designs.
Did you enjoy your time in CMP?
I really enjoyed my time in CMP. The best thing about the degree is that it is really broad. You can study a wide range of subjects, from sound design to composition for video games...even computer programming if you like! As someone who didn’t really know what career path I wanted to follow, this freedom of choice helped me to discover hidden passions and talents. I ended up majoring in coding and electronics, so I had heaps of fun building all kinds of music controllers and instruments during my time in CMP.
How did it help you with your career?
By building instruments to be used by other people, I began to learn about the importance of usability. Where should I place a button on the interface so that it is easy for the musician to reach while performing? What label should I place on a knob so that a first time user will know exactly what will happen when they turn it? These are questions I learned to ask myself before jumping into building something new. By the end of the degree, I realised that I was more interested in research and design than I was in coding. So, after graduation, I decided to pursue an interaction design-focused Masters which, in turn, led me to where I am today.