Throwing a bit of a curveball into your working journey can be beneficial as mentioned in the article linked below. If that’s as a UI Designer looking at more aspects of UX than they would normally be comfortable with or vice versa.

For me personally, after getting enough skills under by belt to be dangerous, it was writing. What did I know about writing? What authority was I to tell people what to do? Did I feel like a fish out of water when I first dipped my toes into those unchartered waters? Initially, yes, and committing to writing 1500 word articles, or 500 page eBooks was something very new, and daunting to me. But I just dove on in, and doing so has proven highly beneficial to me.

What this has enabled me to do is get my voice heard, my work seen, build some great relationships, and participate in some great collaborations with fellow UI/UX Designers. It’s opened doors that could have remained shut if I’d just gone on a portfolio and a prayer.

Now, what does this all have to do with being a UI/UX Designer you may ask? Well it’s about vocalising your thoughts, and ideas, and getting yourself noticed. Standing out not just on the quality of your work, but your thoughts and ideas on what you’re creating. It’s giving you an opportunity to have you voice heard above all the noise around you.

It’s just about trying something that could be a little (or a lot) out of your comfort zone, seeing where it takes you, and the positives it can bring.

Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned, though, is that the path is not always linear. So if you’re curious about diving into something new, don’t be afraid to veer off course — it may turn out to be the best decision you ever make.

Read the original article here.