How to Break Into the UX Industry in Toronto: Advice for Junior Designers

Bryan Li
2 min readFeb 27, 2023


Hello everyone,

As a Senior UX Designer based in Toronto, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to break into the UX industry. That’s why I want to share some advice and tips for Junior UX Designers looking to get started in Toronto.

  1. Network, network, network: Attend local UX events and meetups to connect with other designers, recruiters, and hiring managers. Toronto has a thriving UX community, with events like the Toronto User Experience (TUX) meetup and the annual DesignTO Festival.
  2. Build a portfolio: Your portfolio is your best marketing tool, so make sure it showcases your skills and abilities as a UX Designer. Include case studies that demonstrate your design process and problem-solving skills. You can also consider taking on freelance projects or volunteer work to build your portfolio.
  3. Stay up-to-date on industry trends: The UX industry is constantly evolving, and it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tools. Follow design blogs and publications, attend webinars and conferences, and join online UX communities to learn from other designers and stay informed.
  4. Learn from others: Seek out mentorship or apprenticeship opportunities with more experienced designers. This can help you gain practical experience and develop your skills in a real-world setting.
  5. Apply for internships: Many companies offer internships for Junior UX Designers. This can be a great way to gain experience and get your foot in the door. Look for opportunities on job boards like Indeed, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor.

Remember, breaking into the UX industry can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. By networking, building a strong portfolio, staying up-to-date on industry trends, learning from others, and applying for internships, you can position yourself for success in Toronto’s thriving UX community.

Good luck and happy designing!



Bryan Li

A UX Designer with 3 years working in the B2C industry. I’m passionate about using design to empower others.