Hello All~Pre Warning~ THIS IS LONG!
My name is Mike, i'm 26 years old, and I live in New York about 1.5 hours north of NYC.
I graduated High School in 2009 with a strong urge to go into the IT field as I've always loved working with computers from fixing them to playing video games on them to using Photoshop to make forum signatures and badges. After my first year of community college, I found myself enjoying college a lot less and and working a lot more. I continued working for Best Buy for 5+ years before transitioning into a entry level help desk role with a local non for profit health care center. I was promoted to Help Desk Supervisor after 1.5 years and moved onto a more prestigious role as a level 2 VIP support desktop analyst through a contracting company in 2014.
During my time at my last company I became very interested in the field of web development and software development. Not the real boring stuff like Java or C but the popular stuff like Front end and back end technologies.. HTML CSS JS.. the list goes on. In the middle of 2015 I found myself studying in the creative field on my own with Free Code Camp and all the other free resources out there to try and become a developer. I had limited time so learning was slow and in September I signed up with Thinkful to do their front end course. I had an amazing time finishing it, got tons of experience and had a half decent portfolio. I loved making beautiful things and that was part of my drive for learning web development which is where my UX / UI passion started coming alive.
The end of December hit and so did a large brick wall. I received a call that my host company I was contracting with started laying off people and I was one of them! It was devastating even after being told multiple times that it wasn't me or anything personal. Losing a job is one of the tougher things in life especially when its unplanned. I took a few weeks to regather myself and started serious job hunting through January. I was offered multiple spots in the IT field but i really had no desire to continue working the same way i was. I was so hooked on the creative field and becoming some sort of developer or designer that potentially worked remotely with a cool company. Push came to shove and I decided to try something new. A very close friend of mine who I consider a brother, offered me a position in retail banking. He thought it would be a good place to park myself so I could achieve my goals of what I really wanted. So fast forward a month and one interview and I was hired. i started in March, obtained my financial licenses and started working full time back in the branch in June... ironically right after I got married the week before!
There was a long hiatus from any studying between January and July as studying for financial licenses 8 hours a day for 6 weeks really takes it out of you. I found new life in the UX/UI field as it was growing and becoming more evident to me that I enjoyed what they did day in day out. I searched up and down for a good community to join so I could learn more and guess what... here I am!
I started actually seriously studying UX/UI about a month ago with some free resources and recently signed up for Interaction Design Foundations membership which allows you to take tons of courses for one yearly price.
My ultimate goal is to land a job in the field as a UX/UI designer ( I like the design aspect) that's fully remote. From there, maybe use my skills in Front Web Technologies and do both! I love the general creative field and I can never stop learning. The people are always wonderful and the general look and feel of our community is absolutely AWESOME.
I apologize if this was TOO long. I like to talk and type which leads to long things like conversations and posts.
Hope to see everyone around the forum!