I am currently in web design and web marketing, but have recently taken interest in User Experience and User Interface Design and feel this is the best fit for me. For education, I have a 2-year degree (in web design and development) and 3 years professional experience in web design and marketing. Currently, I am also taking online courses in UX, reading books on the subject, and working on an online portfolio.
At some point soon I would like to leave the company I am working for (have been there these past three years.) I don’t care for the office environment (it doesn’t have to do with the work; it’s a workplace culture issue.) Also, I currently feel like a “jack-of-all-trades” and like I am not growing in one specific role at the company. It’s a hard decision to make because I have skills in a number of things and because my energy has been spread across design and marketing equally; it’s difficult to know what kind of job I need to get next. I really like UX design, but unless I can find a junior position in UX in the area where I live, I feel like I’m stuck and may need to get another job that’s at least related for the time being. I am hoping to stay at my job for as long as possible as I am still getting some experience there.
I have some experience with front-end web design skills such as CSS, HTML, Bootstrap, WordPress, with additional SEO knowledge and some graphic skills.
I am curious to hear other designers’ advice on what path to take and what advice you have for someone in an entry-level (almost mid-level) position with no real specialty yet?
Thank you in advance!