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October 28, 2019
170: Jumping from junior to senior designer

Are you hoping to make the jump from a junior to senior role in 2020? On this episode of Design Life we discuss a query about senior and junior roles from a listener hoping to change levels. How do you know when you’re ready, how can you figure out and prove that you have the skills you need to do the job at hand? We discuss how the jump is managed at our respective companies and the idea that there is always something you can do, even if it’s not being asked of you, to demonstrate why you you’re up to the challenge.

key takeaways

It may seem obvious but the main difference between a junior and senior role is your level of responsibility within the project. In a junior role you might be participating in projects. In a senior role you might be leading projects.

If you want to progress from a junior to senior role, challenge yourself to complete tasks at the next level. Don’t wait until someone gives you a senior designer title to start working on more complex tasks. Use these tasks to demonstrate why you deserve a title at the next level.

If you’re a junior designer looking to make the jump to senior, take the time to really understand what that means at each company you hope to apply for. Read the job description carefully. Don’t count yourself out just because you don’t have that title yet. Junior, Mid-weight and Senior mean completely different things at different companies.

Don’t limit yourself by labelling yourself as a junior designer. The person reading your job application will know where best you fit in the company. They might read your CV and think you’d best fit in another role. If you have never had the words junior or senior in your job title, don’t worry. Your role and the tasks you completed, projects you were involved in will demonstrate your abilities.

show timestamps

01.24 – Catch up

05.50 – Jumping to the next level 

10.56 – Making the jump at Uber and Convertkit

19.05 – The difference between Junior, Mid-weight and Senior

23.14 – Moving from Junior to Senior

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