Sean Ireton

Web Design & Interactive Media

UX Designer for Vision Service Plan (VSP)
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Alumni Sean Ireton

The Art Institute of California—Sacramento provided me with excellent foundational skills to get my first job, then to continue learning my craft while gaining real-world experience in the web design field. Sean Ireton , UX Designer for Vision Service Plan (VSP)
, 2012 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Sean Ireton is a UX (user experience) designer for Vision Service Plan (VSP), a healthcare provider. He evaluates and designs desktop and mobile-based experiences for the company and its subsidiaries. Sean says that a typical workday includes collaborating with other members of his team—including project managers, online market managers, front-end developers, search engine optimization specialists, and business analysts—to design, test, and implement UX solutions for the VSP’s member, client/broker, and provider portals.

Prior to joining VSP, Sean was the webmaster at Benicia High School and worked in web design for Three29. He showed his determination to succeed by completing his Bachelor’s degree program in just three years—taking five classes each quarter.

And while there are always challenges at work, he likes the fact that VSP calls its clients “business partners.” Sean recalls a time when he worked with a difficult client—which made it challenging for his team to meet the client’s needs. “All the curveballs thrown at us during those projects were always worth it in the end, because the marketing director could see all the effort we put into it and always showed her appreciation. I learned that even if a client is difficult, or the circumstances aren't optimal, to always work hard.”

He adds that working on challenging projects allows designers to grow their skills—and having a supportive team helps. “Fostering relationships among coworkers is very important. Understanding how people work, and knowing how they work best will help you understand how you can work best with them.” Sean asserts that these connections result in the creation of successful products. “I hope to be making an impact on the importance of collaboration within an organization—especially a large one like VSP.”

He began his job as a contractor before being hired as a full-time employee—a situation that doesn’t typically happen at VSP. “This helped me to understand that my skills are valuable, and that not just anybody gets a full-time gig with great pay and substantial benefits.”

Sean, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that the print and web design classes, front-end development classes, and the overall atmosphere of his educational experience prepared him for the real world. “Some students don't put their everything into their programs, so you get what you put into it. I [put in the] effort and saw productive results. The school provided me with excellent foundational skills to get my first job, then to continue learning my craft while gaining real-world experience in the web design field.”

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