Abstract illustration of collaboration, a career ladder, and design tools

Navigating career paths is one of the most challenging parts of being a designer. If you’ve got a good manager, you probably discuss your growth plan and opportunities several times each month. I’ve thought about this a lot over my 11+ years as a full-time digital designer; below are my opinions about deciding between the individual contributor (IC) and manager life.

Catt, why do you care so much about this?

Before I dig into my advice, I want to share some context. This topic is very personal to me and I think about it all the time! Hopefully it can help you understand why being intentional about this part of your design career is important.

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