UX with No Experience || Part 2: The “Right” Education
This is a series of posts highlighting things I did or dwelled on to get me to where I am today as a UX Designer.
Get a degree. Alright see y’all next week!
Okay not really. Although, don’t get me wrong, a UX degree would help. If you have one you’re way ahead of the game. I didn’t technically need one, but let me explain. My generation was taught to finish college to get a degree and get a better paying job. Nowadays it isn’t always needed. I majored in Marketing with a minor in Art & Visual Technology(graphic design). So I still do recommend college, but moreso just to experience college. It’s fun lol.
If I didn’t major in UX, then where am I going with this post? Well you’ll notice that a lot of job descriptions(not just UX jobs) will have the education requirements at the bottom. So instantly was deterred at first. Then I started reading articles and blogs about UX, and I realized that a lot of people were utilizing boot camps like General Assembly or something similar. It peaked my interest…until I found out what it cost. Basically it’s like paying for school, and going back to school for a semester.
If you have the money and time, go for it and let me know how it goes. I don’t knock GA, and it seems like fun. It just wasn’t in the cards for me. With that being said, I reiterated. I started reading more blogs about UX, watching YouTube videos, and finding other ways to get that educational background. That’s when I stumbled upon uncredited online courses. My specific site was Udemy.
This isn’t sponsored, but Udemy was great. If you didn’t know, they sell online courses for a whole bunch of subjects. They are expensive…except on sales. For some reason they go on sale once every few months and you can get them for 90% off. It’s a great resource if you’re just looking to learn.
To bring it all back, the courses worked for me. I learned a lot about UX to be able to confidently talk about it. Even though it’s uncredited, I’m still able to talk my way through an interview/the job because of it. So you may not need the degree in UX specifically, but if you know enough about the subject, you’ll be able to show the recruiter, interviewer, or employer what you got.
Next post, I’ll continue on the “experience” route . I’ll talk about reading job descriptions and relating things to your resume.