Change is tough. When you go through a milestone, everyone always wants to know how you did it. So I thought I’d share some general tips on how to get things going.
Why are you interested in UX Design?
The first item on the list is why are you interested in UX design? Or to be more general, why are you interested in [X]? What is so captivating about this career path? Do you envision yourself enjoying it? Are you willing to put in the effort even when it gets tough? What are you trying to accomplish?
The fear of transition to something new is scary. It can feel like you are starting over… But it doesn’t have to be that way. All your past experiences make up who you are. Use that as your leverage. I studied Chemical Engineering and I saw that my skillsets had many parallels with User Experience. Down at the core, it was about solving problems in creative ways. And for that reason, I saw within myself, this was a career worth pursuing.
Find the “why” in the interest you’re pursuing. And ask yourself what do you want to be known for? Everyone is different and we all have a story to tell. What’s your story?
Learning the basics
Now that you have picked that one interest, do your homework. When I am interested in something I will obsess over it. What are the steps needed for you to move forward?
From a young age, I had interests with creatives and I had been dabbling in all types of mediums. My initial thoughts were about pursuing something in visual design or graphic design. I asked a friend in that field for some advice, and they lead me to the General Assembly website. As I went through the list of courses they offered, the word “User Experience Design” stuck out to me.
There was something about “User Experience Design” that lingered in the back of my mind. I realized, back in college every time I hung up a flyer on the bulletin board, I noticed a flyer for the UX club. Because of that thought and the familiarity, I got more curious about what the UX profession entailed.
As I dug deeper, I noticed my skillsets were more aligned to UX Design than Visual Design. I learned, User Experience Design was was a multi-disciplinary field with elements from industries such as design, computer science, psychology and more. These were all subjects that I have gravitated towards, and here was that one career that encompasses all those topics. With UX Design, I was excited about being able to continuously learn and grow, as the field is always evolving.
How do you learn best?
Do you learn through books? Videos? Or having someone teaching you?
I wanted a better understanding of UX, so I explored all kinds of content online. I knew bootcamps were becoming really popular, for those thinking about shifting careers. For me, I knew I needed some guidance and General Assembly seemed like a good fit for my transition.
- List out your interests
- Figure out “Why?” to [X]
- Learn as much as you can, obsess over it
- Take small steps & be consistent
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