Fashion, eCommerce, and now UX/UI - Lily Malykhina can do it all. After enjoying a taste of website design during an assignment at her eCommerce job, she began to reconsider the direction of her career, and how she could break into tech. Now Lily is a UX/UI Designer at InRhythm doing consulting work for American Express.

Learn about her career path and transitioning into UXUI in Lily’s own words:

One BIG Step:

When I first started working after completing my Masters in Fashion Merchandising from LIM College, I thought I wanted to work in fashion and be a buyer for Bloomingdale’s (the dream job). I ended up working in a few eCommerce places, and got to redesign the website on WordPress for a button manufacturing company along with data entry. For 2 years after that I was deciding what I actually enjoy doing, which wasn’t working in buying clothes or data entry on websites. I looked into a few bootcamps, and was deciding between one in Chicago and Wyncode in Miami (I also wanted a different experience than NYC). Wyncode has a Women in Tech Scholarship that had me more sold and of course the weather vs NYC. At the time of you starting a bootcamp and moving you never know what will happen. Will I get a job? Where will it be? I was in the second cohort at Wyncode for UX/UI Design so the program was still new, and the kinks still needed to be worked out.

Favorite memory at Wyncode:

One of my favorite memories at Wyncode was doing the final pitch project, which won Pitch Day— it was an app called Band Together (dating/friends meets concerts). My team learned there was an opportunity for this type of app to be on the market. I also made lifelong friends that I keep in touch with to this day some of them being developers.

Tips for an eye-catching portfolio:

I think a really good portfolio is key. I keep getting emails from random recruiters about my portfolio saying how good it is, but then I wonder what makes it stand out? From looking at other students it’s really how much you it is. I added a lot of micro-interactions to make it look more fun and my favorite part is the boomerang on my about page.

Getting hired was actually the easiest part for me. The recruiter from my consulting agency found me even before I finished my portfolio…I still never know how she found me.

I mostly work on international market roll outs like Germany and Italy which include the product detail pages, view all cards, and compare pages for American Express. I also do small projects in the acquisition card shop. A day to day is very different, but most days I get assigned a ticket in JIRA to complete but it could be within a day, week, month or few months. All of the tickets are so different each day is different.

Tips for Women in Tech:

I think overall all of the design roles have a lot of women versus the devs who have more men. So kinda different for me. I do want to learn and actually take a class for dev but that’s for a later time. You never know until you try if you’ll get it or not so instead of wondering what could be someone should just go for it.

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