Mostly general advice but with a London-centric spin in places.
1 Some good websites to keep up with:
2. There are loads of books to read:
3. IA work experience & volunteering:
The BBC offers many work experience placements and occasionally has IA specific ones. The site is a bit of a shocker – there are placements in there, honest.
4. Set up your own website
Build a website or set up a blog. That way you’ll get first hand experience of the issues but also think about what the site will say about you if you are going to use it to promote your skill.
5. Take courses
The IA Institute lists lots of degree courses that include IA. The Open University also has courses about interface design that might be useful. They allow free access to many course materials including People Centred Designing.
Face-to-face UX, usability, IA and information management courses for Londoners:
Not London but sometimes Amsterdam:
6. Join some social networks
The main one currently is on Ning. Facebook has also an IA group and there’s a London IA group on Yahoo. Get on LinkedIn as recruiters will often use LinkedIn to try and fill roles. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
7. Applying for the jobs
Other job sites that seem to carry lots of IA roles:
and some on:
IA specific but lots of US jobs:
BBC jobs are advertised at www.bbc.co.uk/jobs and you can set up alerts to let you know when IA jobs come up.
I started gathering junior/entry-level IA jobs that I saw and published them in the Junior IA category . I was gathering them to inform our own junior recruitment and thought I might as well share them. I still sometimes add to it.
8. IA Play resources
9. Have fun