Get to know Rebecca, a Ventures and Capital Programs Consultant at RADIUS SFU, who is diving into UI Design this Fall in Vancouver to level up in her current role and learn more about the many applications of UI Design.
What is your education and career background? Your current role?
Three years ago I had the opportunity to work in San Francisco with Endeavor, a global non-profit that cultivates entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets. This work sparked my interest in cultivating entrepreneurship – both in helping to build the infrastructure required to support entrepreneurs and working 1-on-1 with founders looking to scale their businesses.
As an independent consultant and strategist, I’ve worked with a number of local organizations including RADIUS, a social innovation lab and venture incubator, the Vancouver Economic Commission, an agency of the City of Vancouver, and ShareDesk, a local tech company working on the forefront of the future of work. Prior to working as an independent consultant, I worked as an Associate for a global management consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group, where I had the opportunity to work across a number of industries including pharma, finance, and telecommunications.
I have a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Finance, from the University of British Columbia.
What course are you enrolled in for this cohort and what made you decide to take it?
I am enrolled in the UI Design course. I decided to take this course as I have been exposed to many bite-sized pieces of design knowledge – from learning about human centered design through my work in the social impact sector to working with UX/UI designers in my work with ShareDesk. I have often thought about how building my UI Design knowledge base would help me in the work that I do – now it’s the right time and the right place!
How did you hear about the program?
Through my work with RADIUS, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a few members of the BrainStation team! They got me excited about their courses and helped me to evaluate which course would be a good fit.
What are you most excited to learn?
I am most excited to learn the vast number of applications of UI Design – to learn from the instructors and how they apply UI Design in their day-to-day, and to learn from fellow participants in the course, and how they are hoping to UI Design in their lives.
If you had to pick a favourite tech company doing awesome things – who would it be and why?
I may be biased, as it’s a company that I am currently working with, but I’d have to say ShareDesk. Their mission is to enable workplaces to transform into connected and inspiring communities. Their agile workplace management system, Optix, is helping serviced offices and companies create smart on-demand workspaces environments with a beautiful mobile-first experience, powering the future of work.
How do you plan on applying your newfound skills, personally and/or professionally?
In my work, I commonly create products and services for the organizations I work with – whether it’s creating an end deliverable, or a new process or program. All of these products – although not always digital – require design. In order to design a new program, I need to think about how the participant will interact with it and how will they be guided through the program start to finish seamlessly, with minimal friction. I see UI Design as a way to take my work in the physical space into the digital realm, enabling me to help create digital experiences.
Inspired? Learn more about how you can level up with design skills in our upcoming UI Design course.