11 takeaways to tackle the challenges of a life in research
From corporate offices in metro cities to rural areas often in remote locations, a user researcher traverses many worlds. It is no surprise that to follow this kind of career, one needs to be organised, adaptable and ingenious simultaneously.
This continuous shifting of roles is a defining aspect of UX research. Once a research project is finalised in consultation with the client, UX researchers spend a majority of their time
Out in the Field
Hureo does a lot of research in the field, testing various products with real users. Since users can be anywhere, the field work often spans different states covering several cities over thousands of kilometers. Travelling all that distance while conducting research at par with the highest international standards is strenuous.
What does it take for a team of researchers to pull off these challenging projects on strict timelines and budgets while sticking to the goals? Here are some takeaways to prepare yourself for the field:
Back to Base
Arunima likes coming into office to work, she also works from home once a week. “There is quite a lot of work that I can do independently,” she says.“The work is very well distributed so I can work on my own.”
From here onwards the team starts compiling the analysed data, writing the report and presenting their findings to the client. This phase involves wrapping up the work that has gone on for several months in constant collaboration with the client. The ending evokes many emotions; there is the satisfaction that the project has been completed successfully and the client is happy with the findings, but also the realisation that you will not be in touch with people whom you have worked with for months. But after a long project, everyone is up for a celebration that the team enjoys together.
Being a UX researcher does have its own set of challenges but like team Hureo has shown- there is a way to handle it all. Diligent planning and organisation, care for one’s own mind and health, discretion and judgement are all essential for the hard grind of a UX researcher to pay off. For the Hureo team, this involves a lot of effort but is also immensely satisfying