What do the career path and the day-in-the-life look like for a Product Designer at Yesware?
We connected with Lydia Marzot to find out!
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Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work?
I grew up in Concord, MA. My mom, Hilary, was a stay at home mother and my dad, Giovanni, has been an engineer at various tech companies my whole life.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?
I graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I worked as a freelance graphic designer since freshman year of college and continued to build my client base after graduation.
What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?
Continuing my education through online courses after college in new areas has been what’s helped me find success. It keeps me up to date on my skills and industry knowledge. It also allows me to explore other areas of my field as I shape my career path.
Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a [position] at Yesware?
-Communicating between my fellow designers, the engineering team I’m embedded on and company stakeholders to focus on building a product that achieves our goals
-Implementing and evolving the current design process to innovate efficiently and stay within the scope
-Thinking beyond a project to the future capabilities of the product functionality and UI and adapting those ideas to the current project appetite and goals
Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?
Start doing projects, they don’t have to be official, paid or even asked of you. Go pick an app you use all the time and imagine what you wish it could do or a different way it already does something and get to work sketching and mapping out ideas. Exposing yourself to the work is not as hard as you think and you will quickly find out if it is meant for you.
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Coffee, but usually decaf, and super sugary
What time do you get into the office?
I like to get in slightly before 9
What are three things that motivate you in your role?
Self growth, company success, and empowering others
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
My every day either starts or ends with a long run, but my time in the office usually starts with me outlining my daily tasks and meetings in my favorite agenda book, ordering tasks to complete by priority and bandwidth and dialing into my computer screen with noise-canceling headphones. I typically have about 2 hours, give or take, of meetings mixed into the day.
What time do you head out of the office?
This can change a lot depending on what I’m trying to complete that day. Most days are around 5:30 but sometimes I’m really deep in my work and stay late to hit a deadline.
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
I log back in constantly. I like to keep up with conversions on the engineering teams I’m embedded on and check to see if anyone’s looking for quick feedback on some early designs in the design team channel
Any productivity hacks?
Good music, cereal, noise-canceling headphones.
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
Spotify, slack and gmail
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
Making the transition into product design in early 2021 from a marketing design background
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
I met a woman named Masha through networking. She has become my go to for professional (and personal) advice. We were complete strangers before I reached out to her on LinkedIn and now we talk daily. She started her own company, Titov, back in 2019 and has a lot of amazing and thoughtful advice from her experiences.