Entrepreneur, App Developer, UX Designer, AR/VR Expert, pick your poison.

By: Columbia College Chicago Online News

Welcome back to the Monday Hustle! This week’s Monday Hustle features Austin McCasland, course author of Developing Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps. To start Austin’s Monday off on the right foot he has to listen to his ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist on Spotify.

Austin describes what he does in three words, “create awesome experiences.”

What is the last thing that inspired you?

Read this question out loud, and my girlfriend just pointed at herself – so I’ll go with that. 🙂

What advice do you have for people pursuing a similar career?

Think about what you want to make and learn what you need to make it—there are so many resources out there and communities to engage with nowadays. There are many paths to get started with design, development, AR/VR, pretty much anything in tech, but all of them involve MAKING things! Make small things, big things, experiment, do things that are pointless and fun, do things that are challenging to you. The most important thing is to start creating stuff, it almost doesn’t matter what it is.

What was your first “industry” job?

I worked as a UX designer on the Cisco Spark team. Before that I was doing web support for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (my first job working on a computer)

When did your career start to seem possible?

When I first started my Masters program in Human Computer Interaction. Before that I was a new media sculptor tinkering with e-waste and building exhibits out of electronic scrap. I’m not sure I’d ever even heard the term UX before I did my first day at the program.

When did you think, “ok I’m doing this.”

The most recent time I thought ‘OK, I’m doing this’ was when I began working on Paint Space AR. I had just gotten word that I was going to need a back surgery—so I knew I would have a week or two off to really dive deep and make a ton of progress on it. Oddly enough I was super excited excited going into that back surgery.

What is your ultimate career aspiration?

That’s an interesting question. I want to work on awesome things that make me excited, and wherever that takes my career, that’s where I’ll go.

To enroll in Developing Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps with Austin, click here.