As the fields that relate to IT Product Design are constantly expanding, students have the opportunity to, in part, define their own organisational role.
IT Product Design graduates take on many different professional roles, which highly depend on their background and talents, as well as their choices during the course of their study. Here are some examples of the career paths that earlier students chose after their graduation:
Design Anthropologist (or business anthropologist, design ethnographer, design researcher). Employed in user experience departments in larger organisations or in specialised design consultancies to study users and customers and provide market data for e.g. Research and Development (R&D) functions.
User Innovator. Employed with marketing departments to innovate strategies for user/customer relations, to engage lead-users, to establish business models for novel product and service concepts, and to test new offerings with users and customers.
Service Design. Employed in user experience and marketing departments or public sector organisations to develop new services via participatory methods. They are also often responsible for user studies and evaluation.
Interaction Designer (or User Experience Designer). Employed in design and user experience departments of larger organizations or in design consultancies to develop interactive products or services, wearable devices, healthcare products or user interfaces.
User-Centred Engineer (or usability engineer). Employed in R&D departments in large and small organizations to develop user-friendly products and services. In smaller companies they would also take responsibility for user studies and user evaluation.
Their expertise with blending human and technology perspectives means that IT Product Design graduates will be well placed to initiate and perform jobs that may not have been invented yet. Some graduates choose the path of entrepreneurship and start their own businesses. Others obtain PhD scholarships to pursue careers in academic research and teaching. Students actively train their academic writing skills during their studies, and they regularly publish about their designs and projects in collaboration with researchers, teachers and peers.
The range of experiences, skills and people that students encounter through IT Product Design results in many taking new directions in their career. Many graduates go back to the industries they came from and take very different roles. Some continue where they left off but head in very different directions.
All graduates will have gained valuable competences such as:
- the ability of working in a multidisciplinary team
- strong focus on the user
- critical and reflective attitude
Graduates of IT Product Design have ended up in a variety of jobs. Besides the job titles provided above, here are some examples:
- Concept Designer
- HCI Designer
- Lead UX Designer
- Digital Product Manager
- Design Manager
- Managing Consultant
- Product Marketing Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- E-learning Developer Engineer
- Doctoral Researcher
- IT Specialist
- 3D CAD Expert
- Web analyst
You can find them in many companies and organisations, such as:
- The LEGO Group
- Danfoss Power Solutions ApS
- Danske Bank
- Novo Nordisk
- Bang & Olufsen
- Blue Ocean Robotics
- TRIL Centre – University College Dublin
- Point-Blank International in Berlin
- Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark