Hello everyone! I’m a freshman who’s currently pursuing an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing, and also thinking about double majoring with or minoring in Computer Science.
A few months ago I’ve grown interested in pursuing UX design as a career. I enjoyed the varied aspects about it (research, human interaction, creating user-friendly projects for people, designing) as well as how it’s broad enough that I can pursue it in any field. And despite having myself pursuing Creative Writing for the fact that enjoy writing and stories and always wanted to improve my writing skill, I’m not as keen on pursuing a career based on writing (except for possibly journalism, though it’s a relatively difficult career to get into) or teaching, as much as I’m interested in UX design, preferably for a non-profit or in the entertainment/art industry.
What I’m afraid of, however, is that I’ve heard that UX designer jobs are growing more and more competitive, to the point where some employers, especially those located in cities such as NYC (near from where I live), will only choose candidates with the appropriate degrees, and I doubt English, even if I minored in CompSci) will be one of them. That’s why I’ve considered doing internships in UX starting in my sophomore year, as well as taking UX classes beginning next semester alongside my college classes. I’ve also heard, after all, that employers seem to look more at your portfolio than your degree. So I hope that if I start early on while I’m still a student, taking internships, online classes, and even doing personal projects, I could have a chance in getting a position as a UX designer soon after college.
But what I like to know is if it’s possible for me, an English major, to do this. I know that I would love to do this as a career, but it’d be ideal if I’m able to pursue my passions of writing and storytelling (the primary reason why I chose English), as well as generally engage in anything that has to do with creative expression, with the career. I’m definitely not one to stay focused on only one field of interest. All I ask is that is this fully possible?
I would seriously appreciate any advice and stories that can help me in my current dilemma. Again, greetings everyone, and I hope that I get to fully meet each and everyone in the UX community.