The Yzzi Research Podcast is the weekly podcast for aspiring researchers, current researchers, and research enthusiasts. Created, produced, and hosted by Imani "Izzy" Nichols (UX researcher and founder of Yzzi Research), the Yzzi Research Podcast features straightforward and digestible episodes about becoming and being a professional researcher. The focus is on UX research, but there are conversations that market researchers, academic researchers, and other professional researchers may appreciate.
On UX Researcher Career Coaching and Mentorship
Becoming a UX researcher can be tricky. There’s no clear path into the career and as a result, it can leave you confused and vulnerable. Considering such, coaching and mentorship are critically important. Keep listening to hear my thoughts on UX researcher career coaching and mentorship.
Engaging Market Research Reports, Multicultural Sampling, and MBAs ft. Iris Yim
Iris Yim is a market researcher and principal at Sparkle Insights. She focuses on multicultural market research. Listen to her thoughts on doing good market research, creating engaging reports, creating a sound sample, and why she thinks MBAs are worthwhile for market researchers to pursue.
Personality Traits of Good Researchers
There are several personality traits that enable people to be good researchers … and there are a few bad ones that undermine the capacity to become a good researcher. Listen to Imani outline the personality of a good researcher.
Answering Listener Questions #1: UX Bootcamps, UX Researcher Salaries, Job Searching, and More
How much money does a UX researcher make? What are the differences in the role of a user experience researcher and user experience designer? How should I feel about my team not applying my research? Stay tuned to hear Imani’s answers to these and other listener-submitted questions.
The Secret to Becoming a UX Researcher at CNN, Google, Airbnb, and Bloomberg ft. Asha Toulmin
Imani met Asha Toulmin when she was interviewing for a UX researcher role. At the time of this recording, Asha was working as a Research Manager at CNN, but had been a UX researcher at Google, Airbnb, and Bloomberg previously. She’s conducted research and hired UX researchers. Asha is incredibly well rounded and has a lot to share about graduate education, career pathing, and hiring UX researchers.
Job Description Analysis #1: UX Research Intern
There’s a shortage of UX research internships which makes it hard for aspiring researchers to test the field to see if it is what they want to do. It also makes it harder for people to become UX researchers considering that many UX researcher roles require direct UX research experience. If you do secure a coveted UX research internship, what should you expect? Imani analyzed 20 UX Research Internship job descriptions and this is what she learned.