Hi UX Mastery Community,
I’m making a career change into UX design and need some support. I’ve been reading a lot here and elsewhere but have been shy about posting because, well, it’s hard to publicly admit when you’re struggling.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am looking for positions in SF. My background is in education, digital media, visual art, woodworking, and CAD design.
Here’s what I’ve done so far
- I completed CareerFoundry UX Designer course 7 weeks ago
- I built my portfolio website http://seyonwind.com
- I attend 1-2 meetups/events per week, and have even connected with several of the organizers
- I volunteer at CreativeMornings SF and OAK chapters
- I network on LinkedIn, averaging 2 new connections per event
- I attend 2-3 webinars a month, including the Ask the UXperts Slack sessions
- I follow design leaders on Twitter and started posting relevant UX content @seyonwind
- I read Steve Krug’s oft cited book Don’t Make Me Think, and much more
- I joined professional groups on LinkedIn, Slack, Facebook, etc.
- I meet with designers over coffee for short informational interviews
I’ve submitted dozens of applications, each with personalized cover letters, but have not yet landed a single interview.
What more should I be doing? Do I need more/better work samples in my portfolio? -Be honest. Keep sending in applications? More education? Start freelancing?
I’m trying to figure out where to go from here. As a former middle school teacher I’m an expert at empathy. I’m always pushing myself to learn and grow—hence the career change—and I’m super excited about UX design. I’m a great person to work with and an effective communicator as well. I just need an opportunity to sit in a room with a hiring manager (or whomever) and convince them of that.
I know I can do it, it’s just taking longer than I expected, and to be honest waking up to rejection letters every other morning is discouraging. I keep hearing there’s high demand for UX designers, but I’m not seeing it. At least not unless you have 3-5 years experience.
Any advice on what I need to do to secure a full time position in the city by the bay?