UX designers to become true professionals should constantly follow up the trends, analyze market players’ decisions.
To stay updated I would recommend joining:
- the relevant Twitter account posting the news and sharing the opinions
- the forums like UX Mastery to ask the questions that are important for you
- read blogs of the UX agencies. I read the Eleken blog. Eleken is the UX agency with many useful articles on UX topics:_www.eleken.co/blog-posts/ux-designer-interview-questions
- watch Youtube channel with the visual part
I would also recommend asking the UX agencies or companies for the test assignment. That is the chance to understand the requirements, the tools, the tasks you will need to satisfy at your future job.
Hope that was helpful. Good Luck!