Hi. My name is Dev. I am from the UK. Having read some of your stories on this forum, I thought it time to add my own, which to be honest, is only just starting. Like many people here my introduction to UX begun only recently as I been searching for a while to find something that I can apply myself to that has progression, innovation and manages to combine my design skills and business thinking. My background is diverse and hard to explain but I will endevour to do this on this post. So I will apologise now
My passion was always in design and cars so naturally I decided to get a degree in something that I loved. As a result I studied Car Design and completed a BA and MA, and even won a degree show award for my dissertation which I did in association with NASA. Thinking that my design career was about start, and confident in my abilities have won the degree show award I began searching for my first role. I eventually found a role as a designer here in the UK and worked happily in a creative environment, oblivious to the pitfalls that would soon engulf me. In 2008 the economy collapsed and I found myself out of work, and unpaid from my contract, which as a recent graduate was not good. I managed to do a few roles here and there, but because of my lack of experience within a studio quickly found myself being ignored my recruiters and the circle of
As a new designer, with little experience I was left unable to get a job and subsequently found myself doing odd design roles and basically working for myself. This has been the case for almost 6 years. There have been times where things looked as if they would improve, but eventually they never did. Fast forward to now, where I have recently married my outlook and priorities have changed, and this is why I am looking for a new career. Something that can offer me job satisfaction, and opportunities. I have looked at going into finance as an option, but if I am honest with myself I want to be able to work in a designing capacity. It is only until I had a conversation with a friend who has worked in IT, who suggested that I look at becoming a visual designer. This in turn led me to look into UX Design, and trying to understand if this is something I can apply myself too. And this is where I came across UXMASTERY!
I have found the information given very useful and I see alot of transferable skills I have from my own design background that I could apply to UX Design. My worry is that my technical knowledge of HTML/CSS is too limited to get me a job. I do have a very basic understand of HTML and I have created websites for a few people, using existing website platforms, and have even created a Alpha version of an app, in which I conceptualised the idea, designed the layout, but essentially I had other programmers do all the coding. Having a Masters in a design discipline means that I have a very visual mindset and my business background means that I am a very commercially aware person, so I am hoping that UX could be a career path which can offer me job satisfaction and opportunities.
I apologise for the length of my introduction and explanation, but I would be interested in people thoughts on whether or not UX design could be the right path for me. At the moment from what I have read I trually believe it could be, but how I get started is my next challenge. I have bought the ‘Get started in UX’ book but what else will recruiters/agencies look for in order to give me that first opportunity? Any help/advice will be greatly received. All the best and thank you for reading till the end