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Meet Shillington Graduate Liana Modolo, UX Designer at Rex Software

Liana Modolo had zero design experience, but after “drinking the kool-aid” and studying 3 months full-time at Shillington, she was able to completely change her career and now works as a UX Designer at Rex Software in Brisbane. She even got the gig through a connection at her Shillington Graduate Exhibition! Read on to hear her story.

What were you up to before Shillington?

I won’t start from birth because it’s probably not overly relevant…SO in the more recent past, I studied Event Management, Spanish and Anthropology, travelling around in between. Upon graduating, I took my hard earned pieces of paper and got me a job. I worked in Events, Comms, and Engagement in a few different sectors, then, like every good privileged millennial, was like, ‘I actually do not like this work at all, can I get a refund on my $50,000 HECS debt?’. JK, bit of an exaggeration. There were a lot of great learnings that came out of both my education and experiences, for which I am VERY grateful and use a lot now in design, but that was the impetus for the change. 

Why Shillington?

The timeframe and structure was what got me. I wanted to fully immerse.

How did you land your job as a UX Designer at Rex Software? What was the interview process like?

One of their Senior Designers approached me on recommendation from another local Product Designer who I’d met at our Shillington Graduate Exhibition. The interview was a ‘casual’ coffee with the CEO and two of the Seniors, looking through my folio and having a general chat about my work experience, how it related to UX and whether it would be a good fit. They offered me a position on the day and I started the following week, no mucking around!

You had zero design training before the course. Did you believe you could change your career in only 3 months? At graduation, did you feel confident you’d land a job? Why?

I drank the Kool-Aid on the 3 month career change thing and haven’t looked back.

I mean, let’s be real, you can change your career in a day if you really want to, it comes down to knowing what you want and making a plan (or not, whatever, just go for it). It’s difficult to isolate what I learnt at Shillington and say ‘yes, that got me a job’ because obvs that doesn’t exist in a vacuum void of my own experience and effort. HOWEVER, the skillset, structure and legendary teaching is DESIGNED (< see what I did there) to get you job ready and it proved to be true for me. (NOTE: There was some serious anxiety about finding a job after graduating but I think it’d be weird if I swanned out thinking I was top shit and who WOULDN’T want to hire me?).

What kind of projects are you working on at Rex Software? What are you looking forward to?

At the moment our team is developing a new CRM. I’ve come in at an exciting time in the project where things are ramping up. I’m researching and designing workflows at the moment and looking forward to going through the next phases of wireframing, testing etc.

What’s it like to change careers and work full-time as a designer now?

It’s actually such a bloody dream.

I get to be hands on with products from start to finish, alongside an amazingly diverse team who I’m learning something new from every day. I got zero problems.

What would you say to someone who is sceptical about the Shillington course?

Not to be a big ol’ cliche but here we go—no risk, no reward. Value is relative to the individual but if you’re willing to put in the work during and after the course then yes, it will 100% deliver you to great new opportunities.

Big thanks, Liana! Check out her website and Instagram for more.

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