This quick activity uses Pseudo-design titles, a website that lampoons the often florid and bombastic job titles people have in the UX/design industry. It could be used with learners on a pre-sessional course who are heading into a design/technology focused degree or more generally with business learners. It’s probably best for an upper-intermediate or advanced group because there’s lots of high-level vocabulary and tongue-in-cheek expressions.
- Ask learners to work in pairs to discuss the designations or job titles they would like to have when they start working.
- Get learners to access designtitles.com on their phones. The site randomly generates job titles so everyone’s likely to get a different title.
- Learners work in groups to discuss what these job titles imply and how this might be different from the sort of work they might actually do. For example, ‘an analyst of archetypal visuals’ sounds like a role that involves innovative work but might in fact be someone who selects stock visuals from an existing image bank. A ‘multidisciplinary convincer of futuristic predictions’ could be a sales and marketing person.
- Lead the learners in a discussion about why people try to bolster their ‘value proposition’ with exotic job titles and the impact of this. Ask learners to identify other ways of enhancing their value to prospective employees or within a job.
I have to confess that not all of the titles make sense but some of them are hilarious. Which one of these would you want to have for yourself? Have you come across similar job titles in ELT?
- Chief Assassin of Colours
- Neural Arranger of Visualization
- Whiteboarder of Quintessential States and Post-Human Practices
- Arbitrator of Design
- Cognitive Designer of Theoretical Ideas
- Stimulist for Accessibility
- Explorer for Heuristic Best Practices
- User State Mentor