I am new to the field coming from engineering background with +4 years experience as network engineer, and +10 years experience as cartoonist, so yeah this art and engineering.
I have sensitivity regard stuff I don`t like so I decided to get my self a career change, so it was, I quit my job last September , and ever since that time I have been studying UX the topic I have found passion about it after a lot a lot of search.
Of course it`s hard to hit your niche in the UX without any practical experience, so I started to pick knowledge in different topics about UX, research, Wire frames and prototypes, design thinking process, design sprint, interaction design, HCI, usability, and UI elements. Plus reading most of the well known books that relates to this field . I have been studying from different MOOcs, and currently preparing my nano degree in front end development as well. Anyway, so far, I feel that the interaction design is the area I would love to dive in deeper.
I am doing it right? What should I do next? I have only one UX agency in my country and they look for huge experience, I meet them and they said to me “Bro, you`re good, but you need to have experience” …will freelance be good option? If yes, How to build a portfolio without any experience? should I focus on knowledge or should I start doing … lets say wire frames for example (practical)? How can I gain practical knowledge even if I have not been hired?
I know this may sounds as extreme case but I really appreciate your help and mentoring.
Thanks to all.