If you're working as a designer at any level, I can help you. Specially, if you're working in digital design (UX, UI, Product) and you're part of a team.
Should you leave your current position? What kind of position should you go for next? Do you know what you want but wonder if you're ready for it?
You feel in your gut that something isn't right. Should it take this long to get heard? Are they giving you a ton of responsibilities but not compensating them?
Someone in your team is not doing their part. You're struggling establishing processes to align everyone. Or perhaps someone is making your work life very difficult.
You are now moving from taking care of pixels, to taking care of people. You really don't want to admit it, but you're facing tough challenges and maybe even feel insecure on this new position.
You're working with a difficult client. They change the scope all the time, they don't give good feedback, there are too many stakeholders, they don't respect designers, or anything else.
Hey there, lovely human! Sara here.
Listen, I just want to let you know that I'm offering this service because I've been there myself too.
I've felt lonely. I've second guessed many of my decisions. I've been told that I'm difficult. I've been made believe that I'm entitled and don't deserve to ask for more, that I should be grateful for any opportunity. I've been told that I should find a different career because design is not for me. I've been pushed down so hard that even breathing seemed difficult. I've been bullied at work. I've had the kind of manager that presents your work as hers and spreads rumours about you. I've been in the midst of a sexist comments. And ageist ones. And racist ones. I've been told "I lack experience" while telling the guy next to me that he "has a lot of potential". I've been given a lot of responsibilities I've excelled at but then see how they give the promotion to an older male that can be a more "proper face" for the company.
But, you know what? I've also closed many multi-million dollar deals. I've designed for more than 100 corporations in Finance, Healthcare, and Government - the most complex industries to design for. I've won innovation awards. I've gone from Graphic Designer to UX Designer. And from intern to director. I've built teams from scratch. I've inherited a team, too. I've lead efforts to educate new generations of designers. I've been a digital nomad, freelancer, and I've also worked remotely. I've worked with corporations and startups. I've founded my own businesses.
Today, I'm proud of where I am and how I got here. I wouldn't change a thing. But I do know how hard it can be.
I love a good challenge. I firmly believe it can make you stronger. But I don't believe that you need to truly suffer to evolve in your career.
So if you're going through anything like this and want someone to talk to, know that I'm here, and that you do not have to do this alone.
I'll be available to you in a private Slack for us to chat about what you're going though. There's no limit to how much we can chat. Yes, you read it correctly: unlimited chat! You don't have to write things down and wait until the next session: just write to me! However, I need you to know that I do have other responsibilities and clients, and can't be online 24/7. I do promise to get online at least twice a day.
I'll help you figure out some next steps and get some renewed confidence.
Disclaimer: yes, you read it correctly: unlimited chat! You don't have to write things down and wait until the next session: just write to me! However, I need you to know that I do have other responsibilities and clients, and can't be online 24/7. I do promise to get online at least twice a day.
Sara is an amazing designer, teacher, and listener, and I am extremely fortunate to have had her as my mentor. I cannot recommend her enough based on her vast experience in design, her friendly and positive attitude, and her amazing ability to assess and tackle any situation as they came.
Sara is an excellent mentor. She's incredibly challenging, friendly, knowledgeable, and constantly engaging. Her enthusiastic personality is addictive. Sara manages a large group of students but I never felt pushed to the side. I'm very grateful for being paired with her.
Sara was beyond encouraging. Her constructive criticism is on point, with a huge emphasis on constructive - she genuinely wants to see her mentees grow. On a more personal level, her positivity is contagious - she's smart, driven, enthusiastic, and extraordinarily easy to get along with.
I had a great experience having Sara as my mentor. Sara was professional, thorough, and her feedback was always very welcomed because her attitude was positive and encouraging. I’m very grateful to have been mentored by Sara and would strongly recommend her.
My learning experience was most definitely shaped by Sara's brilliant expertise and her support. Whenever I faced challenges, Sara would draw from her own industry experiences to provide valuable insights and tips but still ultimately empowered me to be confident in my design decisions.
She is highly professional as a designer and as a mentor as well. Every time we had a session, she provided practical tips and encouraged me to do at least a bit more than the task required. I am so grateful for the time I had her as a mentor.