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Elise West

UX lead

Being an experience designer means looking at the world from the point of view of so may different end users. That never gets boring! 

I love creating the most value in the simplest way possible. Delight doesn't need bells and whistles. Lean ways of working have opened all of our eyes to developing for people's real needs. 

One of the best parts of my role is working with passionate, bright people who genuinely want to use their knowledge and know-how to change the world for the better.

The Interview

The most interesting thing I've learned on the job is

You don't need to be 'senior' to mentor and coach. The lack of hierarchical structure in ThoughtWorks means we are empowered, right from grad level, to share our knowledge. It leads to a really vibrant and enjoyable environment, where we all learn and guide every day.

The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

Working at ThoughtWorks is more of a lifestyle than a job. In the best and most positive ways, working here impacts on your world view, your priorities and your ways of relating and communicating with people around you. That's a lot of elements to take on board so it takes a little while to get used to.

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