I’m currently trying to go through a career change from Software Engineer to UX Designer, and I’m not sure the best path for me. I’m currently unemployed and have been considering a career change for a several months now. I want to get a new job and start a new career in 4 months (that’s my safety net money wise without turning to family) and with the least amount of money possible, but I’m not sure if I should do a bootcamp or try my hand at self studying/practicing everything, since I think I have a decent background for the switch and I can try my hand at creating my portfolio myself.
Some background info:
I went to school for Computer Science, and have worked for 1.5 years doing front end development (React, JS, html, css, etc), so I’ve worked with product owners, developers, and designers. I also taught myself all the languages I used for the job, college didn’t teach me them, so I have experience self teaching. I’ve done a freelance project where I designed and developed a website for a client (though I didn’t do any formal UX research so I don’t think I can turn that into a portfolio piece even if it came out well). My senior design project involved working with a scientist at my college and figuring out her goals for an app (not aesthetically pleasing at all so also can’t turn that into a portfolio piece). But that means I have experience working with client to figure out their wants/needs. I also was a startup consultant for a semester and helped conduct interviews to figure out product market fit.
I’m wondering if a bootcamp is worth it for me. Or if I can successfully get a new job in a different field through self study and of course refining my portfolio?
I’d probably be using my network of friends/their friends for user testing. I’ve also downloaded the syllabus General Assembly uses for their immersive bootcamp, so I can use that as a guide.