Intro

This system was designed to allow users to search for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) related jobs or internships. Opportunities are searched through faculty and alumni in the Georgia Tech MS-HCI program as well as the companies they are associated with.

The Users

The users of the system consist mainly of Georgia Tech HCI graduate students, meaning the demographic of potential users would be the early 20s to early 30s age group. Most individuals within this demographic are experienced using computers and mobile applications. The interface can also extend to those in the Computer Science program who have a particular interest in HCI related positions.

The Context

Most HCI students will be utilizing this type of application at home or while going about non-active tasks. As long as they have an Internet connection, this system can be used in any setting that supports smartphone usage.

Database Assumptions

- Faculty and Alumni are connected to specific companies
- Faculty and Alumni are connected to each other from a previous university or business
- Full time positions are discernible from internships

The Design

Overview

My mobile application was designed for accessibility anywhere and anytime so people can be immediately connected when opportunities emerge. Since job and internship openings are in high demand, HCI students are well served by this platform. To enhance the learning experience, my mobile app design was created for a Windows Phone application. However, future iterations would utilize other mobile operating systems as well.

Another significant design focus was providing sufficient guidance to understand how to maximize chances of getting a position. Developing connections with professors or alumni provides invaluable contact information if the user discovers a position of interest. The big focus of this system is how it reaches out and connects.

Home Screen

The home screen was designed to be comprehensive while providing a simple overview. In this application, the user swipes left or right to view each major category. I carefully designed the order of each major category, ultimately deciding that “Jobs” should come first, since this is the main interest of the user. Next, through user research, I concluded that a People (namely, faculty and alumni from Georgia Tech) should come before Companies. If the user is interested in a professor or alum with a particular focus, it is through this person that the user will find companies or positions of interest. The home screen is also designed in a way that the user can either browse around or hone in on a specific detail if they know what they're looking for.

Jobs/People List

Once the user has selected a certain type of job (Full-Time or Internship) or a certain type of person (Faculty or Alum) from the home screen, a new list will appear. Since only presenting the name on an individual or job position is too vague, an additional sub-header was added below each listed element. This provided users more information without overwhelming them with too many details. For a Job list element, companies interested in hiring are the most important. For a Professor list element, the school affiliation will give the user clear information of focus area and a connection to a field of interest.

Once the user connects to a job, faculty/alumni member, or company, they can then view more details of that connection.

Specific Job, Person, or Company

Once the user has found a specific job, person, or company of interest, he/she will be able to view the connections between them. All underlined content on the profile page indicates links that the user can connect to within the app. For example, if the user views Bruce Walker’s page and sees that he was connected to Apple sometime in the past, the user can select “Apple” and then be taken to that company’s page within the app. The user would see all full-time or internship opportunities that Apple currently offers as well as other faculty or alumni affiliated with Apple.

In addition, if the user returns to Bruce Walker’s page, he/she can also see what classes are taught. So if students would like to make themselves known, they know what classes to take in order to prove their skills. (Note: The scenarios just mentioned are hypothetical and do not necessarily reflect Bruce Walker’s actual connections).

The arrow button on the prototype image connects the user to the faculty member or company’s full website for further details or contact information.

Conclusion

Through this mobile application, HCI students can identify connections between faculty, alumni, and companies, efficiently search and evaluate opportunities of interest, and obtain valuable contact information. This contributes to a more connected community and alleviates the daunting process of the job search.