Kenzie News Roundup 9/18/20

Kenzie News Roundup 9/18/20

A career strategist shares how to set boundaries at work, and designers consider best practices for decolonizing UX. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Protect your energy

Find yourself burning out easily these days? As my therapist would say: “It might be time to set some boundaries.” Setting boundaries at work can seem daunting, especially if you’re a recovering people pleaser (Hi, hello, it’s me. I’m the recovering people pleaser).

But, there are a handful of small yet powerful actions you can take to start guarding your time, protecting your energy, and owning your ideas. Oh, and you can do all of that while kicking burnout to the curb. Learn more about how to set boundaries at work on Forbes

Learning from the world’s greatest teachers

Context is key when it comes to crafting the perfect user experience. For Tiffany Hale, UX Designer at ADP, context is especially important when designing online learning tools for children. Tiffany challenges designers to reexamine UX best practices designed with adult users in mind. She also encourages UX practitioners in online education spaces to design with curiosity as they iterate and learn from the world’s greatest teachers — children. Grab this story on Built In

Banking on UX 

Alex Kreger, the CEO of UX Design Agency, shares 5 tips for how financial institutions can level up by focusing on user experience. He examines the ways digital-first banks have been able to scale up quickly and disrupt the financial industry in using UX-focused strategies. This story demonstrates just how crucial UX is for any customer-facing industry. Learn more on The Financial Brand

What does it mean to decolonize design? 

Looking to challenge your unconscious biases? Pedro Oliveira has got you covered. In this in-depth interview, the researcher and founding member of Decolonising Design discusses colonization’s effect on design, how to recognize it in your own work, and so much more. Get this one on UX Collective

UX lessons for life

Danny Sapio is the creator of Confetti, a habit tracker for celebrating your daily goals. After creating and launching Confetti back in 2016, Danny learned 10 valuable UX lessons and recently shared them in an essay. From accepting inspiration and knowing which hats to wear, every designer could gain something from skimming through these important UX lessons. Dive into them on The Next Web

Self-regulation and your job search

We should all be mastering the art of self-regulation according to a new study published by Wiley. The study found self-regulation (the ability to regulate your emotions) is a key component in resiliency and can play a role in “enhancing well-being and re-employment outcomes during individuals’ search for employment.” Whether you’re weathering a job loss or not, it’s a skill worth cultivating. Read this story on Ladders

Tech Tip of the Week: “Recognize misinformation on the web”

We can all be vulnerable to misinformation on the web, but seniors can be especially so. Luckily if you’re in the 65+ crowd or have a senior in your life, you can tune in to a bevy of webinars from AARP, the Poynter Institute, and Senior Planet this month. These media literacy talks are designed to help seniors more easily spot digital fraud attempts and misinformation online. Check out some tips on avoiding misinformation (or sign up for a webinar) on The New York Times

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Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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