27 March 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, Level 3, 45 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Event Details

After practising your design craft — potentially through doing a course and building a stellar portfolio, embarking on the journey as a junior designer can feel like a daunting task.

While there are numerous benefits to hiring junior UX Design or Service Designers, a lot of employers don’t. How do you convince employers and recruiters that you bring value to the table and that their investment in you as a junior designer is worthwhile?

At our panel, Break the Barriers of Employment as a Junior Designer, we’ll have a mix of both seasoned and junior designers, recruiters, and course instructors who will impart their knowledge on:

  • What are the biggest barriers to employment as a junior designer?
  • How as a junior designer you can overcome these barriers and stand out from the crowd?
  • Why as a hiring manager you should give opportunities to nurture junior designers?
  • Tips and advice on how to ace your interview as a junior designer


Lana Thymianidis

Experience Producer at Academy Xi

Lana built her background with a contemporary art practice and as a Graphic Designer for Monash University. As a recruitment consultant within Digital at Michael Page, she specialised in the recruitment of UX, UI, Content and Design professionals.

Lana worked across a variety of industries with clients including RMIT, The Cancer Council, The Good Guys and Track DDB. Now at Academy Xi, Lana facilitates student Experience and Career Outcomes.

Benjamin Dokter

Talent Specialist at Aquent

Benjamin is a talent specialist at Aquent across the UI, UX, CX & Service Design space. He is an outgoing and motivated individual with an entrepreneurial flare having helped build out the customer offering for an automotive startup before going on to start two companies of his own. Benjamin is purely talent focused in an ever growing and increasingly in demand community. He provides market insights, career progression support, industry event information and client / studio recommendations to those in the space.

Matt Tsourdalakis

Creative Director and UX Lead at GMG Digital

Matt Tsourdalakis is the Creative Director and UX Lead at GMG Digitial. From a young age, he struggled with problem-solving and began his career in video production and print design. It wasn't until he first read about UX Design that he knew he found the right career for him. Businesses need numbers, data and research to assess the value of design and now (with UXD principles) he had the missing piece of the puzzle to take his career from 'dissatisfied graphic designer' to 'striving UX designer'.

Annemarie Sia

UX Designer and Researcher at Leo Burnett

Annemarie is a UX Designer and Researcher at Leo Burnett. With a background in Industrial Design, she decided to make the switch to UX after being intrigued by the problem-solving nature of UX. With a focus on empathy, Annemarie is passionate about designing for diversity, and appreciates varying cultures. She looks forward to the ambiguity of experience design how mixed realities will shape our future.

Ben Gilmore

Lead UX Instructor

Ben Gilmore is currently the User Experience (UX) Design Lead Instructor at Academy Xi. He has over 17 years experience in UX Design and four years of experience in managing Design teams across various industries including telecommunications, health, and education. With a strong passion for his work and a deep interest in Design methodology, Ben’s enjoys Agile and Lean UX and the overall process of product and service delivery.

Dates and fees


27 March 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
Level 3,
45 Exhibition St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

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