That all sounds awesome, and you’re off to a good start that’s for sure!
I am by no means a professional in either field right now but plan on it by the end of 2017!
I’ve taken some of the free resources online and paid for a Udemy course or two when they were on sale plus I paid for IDF’s material which I didn’t do all of but a portion of just to get the idea of the UX field and get my feet wet.
Now… onto the long part…I am formally signed up for CareerFoundry’s UX Design Course and will be starting very soon (like 2 weeks.)
I chose them out of everyone because of their staff support within the community and what they have to offer. The course looks like it has a solid curriculum and great mentor setup along with an entirely separate team that does job prep and placement which really caught my eye as I am looking to career change this year and have TONS of anxiety finding a job after I finish.
Another cool thing is with the newly revised course for 2017, their including specializations within UX which is also great since UX covers a TON of areas.
All in all I feel 120% confident with my decision as you can see
I will provide more updates as I start and work through it so you and everyone else can get an idea of what the new stuff is like. I highly suggest checking out their site and talking with these two FABULOUS people… @martin @laura