Meet the ScoutSavvy Interns: Karina Roush
By Team ScoutSavvy
At ScoutSavvy, we are proud to support the careers of up and coming talent. This is the first in a series of "Intern Interviews" with our Fall 2017 intern cohort. Meet Karina Roush.
Tell us about yourself - who are you, where are you from, what makes you awesome?
I am Karina Roush, a UX designer, animal lover, and native Oregonian, living in the Portland area. I have an eye for design and excellent communication skills. Meeting new people and learning about their backgrounds is one of my favorite things, and I believe that nearly any problem can be solved by truly listening and hearing one another.
Why did you decide to go to code school?
Last fall I felt like I was entering a transitional part of my life, and I desperately needed a change. I had become tired of working in dead end jobs that I would not be able to grow from, and I craved something more challenging and rewarding. I knew that my artistic and communication skills could be put to good use, but I hadn’t quite figured out how to mesh them together until a friend of mine mentioned Epicodus, a Portland-based code school. After researching the school a bit I decided to go for it, and I am so glad I did.
What was the best experience that you had in code school?
The best part of code school was learning what I wanted to do with the rest of my life- UX design. After trying on so many different hats prior to school I was thrilled to wear one that actually fit. It felt like a dream come true to finally find a direction to go in, and I cannot wait to use my new found skills in a professional setting. Another wonderful part of Epicodus was my cohort. We all became very close, and I have gained a few life long friends from the experience.
What are some unique talents that you have?
I have a talent for being able to relate to and communicate with nearly everyone I meet. There have been very few people who I find unrelatable and hard to talk with. I think that my many years in customer service jobs have helped me fine tune this skill, and it has definitely come in handy while learning UX design.
What advice do you have to new code school students?
My biggest piece of advice would be to never be afraid to ask for help. If there is something you are not understanding, it is ok to be honest and voice that struggle. Chances are you aren’t the only one, and there are going to be lots of folks around you that can help. Pretending like you know it all is not only off-putting, it closes you off to learning new skills as well. Learning is fun, if you let it be!
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be somewhere I can grow as a UX designer in a place that values not just my talents but who I am as a human being. A place with friendly people, benefits, and hopefully a couple office dogs would be so amazing. I love to learn, so having a more experienced UX designer to mentor me would also be a dream come true.
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