Hi all. I decided a year+ ago that I wanted to stop working for myself (architect doing home additions/remodels) and get a well-paid job. I wasn't an above average architect design-wise and I was a poor self-marketer (though I tried many things). And I was tired of being somewhat poor compared to my expectations and peers.
I found UX design and was excited how it was similar to architectural work: working with visual arrangements, questioning clients, gathering requirements, laying out initial schemes, refining the design. And it was a growing field that paid well. Cool.
So, I took an intro class on udemy.com, then an HCI class in the summer at coursera.com, then the UX course at careerfoundry.com last fall. Then I worked on my portfolio site: dougcoedesign.com.
I still don't feel I'm ready to look for a job till I develop a couple more projects for my portfolio, so that's what I'm up to now.
Well, that's a start on my story. Nice to be here!