I am a UI/UX designer and I’ve been working for 10 years. Now I’m looking for a job and I see that companies requiere lots of things like UX research and user testing and I don’t have that experience because it wasn’t my job at any of the companies I’ve worked for. Now I feel stuck. I have lots of experience in visuals but in order to get a job in UI/ UX you have to have this end-to-end experience. How can I get that if no one is willing to hire me because I don’t have it? I do have an app to show that I did myself. I did online research before creating it and I “tested” it with a friend. I had an interview at Facebook and the feedback that I got was that, since it wasn’t a real app, I didn’t have real experience on proper UX research and user testing. I feel stuck :(
One path to consider: Get a role as a visual or UI specific titled designer at a company with a developed product design org. Then take the time to do the core work while taking on projects that have end to end requirements. Focus on being super successful at both. Work with your manager to set those expectations and career goals. Moving internally is far easier than getting it outright.