As I write this post, I'm wrapping up my final week at Webcredible. What an amazing 15 months it's been. From Day 1, all the Webcredibles I've met have made me feel right at home. The projects I've worked on have challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zones and the training academy has given me the opportunity to share my knowledge and accelerate my own growth in the process.
Having had the privilege of the Webcredible experience, I am leaving a much more competent and confident UX practitioner and a better person.
Everyone talks about collaboration but at Webcredible, I saw first-hand how it is really put into practice. Collaboration is built into our DNA and anyone who's passed through Webcredible cannot help but adopt that skill and mindset.
Collaboration is a skill that can be learned and Webcredible certainly throws you in the deep end by getting you in front of the clients in your first week. You're expected to listen and understand people and take them along in your design journey. Webcredibles are great storytellers who deliver more than just designs.
A collaborative stakeholder workshop
Webcredibles are great believers in failing fast and failing often. We're not afraid to try out new methods, tools and ideas and if it doesn't work, we try something else. We don't wait for the perfect conditions.
I've had responsibility for the UX courses in our training academy. Most of the ideas that have gone through have been the result of the encouragement I received to have a go and to treat every initiative as an experiment that can succeed or fail.
Brainstorming new ideas for the training academy
Webcredible fostered my professional development through the training academy which allowed me to learn and teach (and learn more). As a Webcredible I've been able to practice my skills in projects and teach them in the training courses. You're constantly validating your knowledge and reinforcing your own learning in the process.
Training lets you take a step back, get away from your desk and look at things from a learner's perspective. My public speaking and client engagement skills have vastly improved thanks to all the hours I spent training. Also, since you're training up to 10 people every course, you're making 10 new contacts. If you join Webcredible, you will be expected to train and you'll be supported in your journey to become a better trainer.
Alex Lillo teaching the Interaction Design and Prototyping course
Webcredible is full of brilliant minds who help you grow beyond your self-imposed limitations. The consultants here are top notch at more than just consistently coming up with great designs over and over again. They're great with people and they get people. Despite the humbleness I felt working with my colleagues, I never experienced any ego clashes or toxic competitiveness.
One of your goals: Picking up ice cream for your colleagues
What will I miss the most about Webcredible? Besides all the exciting work that happens here with such talented and fun people, I will miss the things we do when we're not working hard. The knowledge sharing through SkillSwaps is a great platform for Webcredibles to teach fellow Webcredibles anything and everything, from how to do UX in agile to how to cook rice without a rice cooker.
An Oculus selfie during one of the SkillSwap sessions
The monthly Webcredible lunch is another event which brings Webcredibles together as one big family when the entire company eats lunch together. A bunch of people put their hands up every month to show off their culinary skills.
The monthly Webcredible lunch
Webcredibles pack their bags every summer for the annual Webcredible retreat where anyone can run a session on anything (business processes, design methods, training skills, socials events, anything). The fun evening activities during the retreat are a great way to know your colleagues beyond their design skills, mainly the famous karaoke sessions on the Friday night where everyone participates... eventually.
Keeping the Webcredible karaoke tradition alive
So how can get the most out of your Webcredible experience? On top of your regular job description, you'll be a leader who is in their element engaging with colleagues and clients. You'll go out of your way to help others. You'll help make people's lives more interesting and meaningful by inspiring them to join you in things that you're passionate about. Above all, you'll inspire people to cook, eat and sing!