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User Experience Designer's Study Plan in the UK - Chevening Study Plan Essay


ayunovianti 4 / 6 1  
Oct 27, 2018   #1
Hello EssayForum community! I am a Chevening Scholarship applicant for the year 2019/2020. I would really appreciate some suggestions on the below essay. Thank you so much!

Outline why you have selected your chosen three university courses, and explain how this relates to your previous academic or professional experience and your plans for the future.

*Please do not duplicate the information you have entered on the work experience and education section of this form (minimum word count: 100 words, maximum word count: 500 words)


Kingston, Central Lancashire, Brighton University



During my study in Information Systems major, I have learned a great deal about how information technology can help an organization achieve its goals. My experience leading in lab sessions and assisting 4 classes in Web Design and Development course as a teaching assistant has aroused my interest in that particular subject. I decided to pursue a career in digital product design, enrolling in an internship program at a UX consultant as a means for me to self-learn until it lead to my current full time job as a User Interface/User Experience Designer.

However, I have found that my education background has not provided me enough with specific technical knowledge about designing user experience, especially on the research part. The concept of user-centric design is still a new thing and there is no specific master program in Indonesian universities. Therefore I believe with vast choices of UX Design program, the UK will be the right choice for me to study and expand my global network further.

My first choice of major is User Experience Design course in Kingston University. Their program attracted me because it is developed in consultation with their industry panel consisting of giant technology companies, which will allow me to get my hands on best practices, and give me updates on new cutting-edge technology trends. All their taught modules are project-based and assessed by practical coursework with deliverables such as mock-ups, functional prototypes and design systems. This really replicates the type of work and deliverable I've been dealing with in my job, and hopefully this will help me improve my working process.

My second choice of major is User Experience Design course in University of Central Lancashire. This program fascinates me primarily because of the subjects they offer. I will be studying about UX Away from the Desktop, which is a growing need in this era where more users are online from their more affordable mobile devices rather than desktop. In addition to that, there is also a subject about IT Projects and Programmes, which is closely relevant to my nature of work and would help me enhance my workflow that revolves around IT projects.

My last choice of major is User Experience Design course in University of Brighton. Located in the digital media cluster city of Brighton, this university would offer me to specialise in the areas of discipline that interest me the most. Moreover, for the final major project module, I would get a chance to be placed with a UK digital media company, which would give me the priceless experience to learn with world wide industry expert.

All the courses I mentioned above will surely help me advance my technical skill for User Experience Design, especially because they are designed to mimic real life industry of software process flow and prepare students to pursue a research career in user experience design. In addition, I will be able to increase awareness of the importance of human-centered design in Indonesian corporations.

stevekizire 3 / 3  
Oct 27, 2018   #2
I suggest that you also include the relevance of the chosen courses to national or community development other than only focusing on improved output at work level. Chevening scholarships are not only looking at enriching skills of the award recipients but also contribution of studies to one's community or country.
Holt [Contributor] - / 7,489 1927  
Oct 28, 2018   #3
Ayu, make sure that you have listed your university and courses based on your priority universities and courses. Try to add specific information in the course descriptions as to the specific applicability of the course in your profession. Your references are too general in statement and does not really portray how your skills and career opportunities will improve based on the course choices. Be specific. Use a reference to a clear area of your profession that the course will help you improve so that the paragraph will be truly informative and profession defining.

Close the essay with a clear professional goal for yourself. Your claims in the closing paragraph of your essay do not really do not directly reflect your plans for your personal career growth and development based on your chosen courses. Deliver at least a general career goal ambition for yourself. Don't be too lofty with your ambitions that you will try to increase awareness regarding your job within Indonesian corporations. The reviewer knows an exaggeration when he reads it.


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