Hey all! I'm James from London. I'm 34 and currently trying to change careers. I work in IT support for and Insurance Broker in the big smoke but I'm passionate about becoming a UX Designer.
What brings me here?
I became interested in UX Design a little over a year ago now and fell into a course at CareerFoundry. I enjoyed my time during the course and learned a fair bit considering I had no prior knowledge of UX before starting.
Since leaving the course I haven't really done much in terms of UX, alot has being going on in my personal life and my job role has changed quite drastically. I've also felt quite uninspired, which is why I believe I have distanced myself from pushing for a UX career.
BUT, UX is where I want to be, it must be because it's on my mind pretty much most days. I want to be inspired again and I believe that being part of the UX Mastery community will really help with that. Studying UX and working on bits at home has made me feel quite lonely (queue the awwwwwwwws) and I feel UX is very much a team/community topic so I wanted to pop by and say hi to everyone.
At the moment I'm involved in a couple of projects - basically some website builds for a couple of companies so maybe picking some peoples brains on here at some point
My current challenges are that my knowledge is limited - the course gave me an insight into UX processes but I really need to utilise these to really understand the value of each.
Another challenge is how to sell myself, I'm inexperienced compared to a lot of people in London and so how can I add value to a company, favourably a UX Design agency.
I'm passionate about the whole UX process - which is what attracted me from the very beginning. Originally I was looking towards a career in front end development but pushing pixels around a screen wasn't satisfying and I had no idea if I was actually helping solve a problem. With a UCD you can really get to target specific areas and actually make a difference (well, from what I've seen and read about you can)
Cats or dogs? Dogs! However, if it was dogs or sharks then defo sharks!
Thanks for reading!