Hi all! I’m completely new to UX, but thinking seriously about taking the UX design course through Career Foundry. My background is in book design and publishing, with a stint in project management working on higher education e-book learning platforms (so I know XML and basics of HTML/CSS), and now I’m working in marketing. I love what I’m reading about UX, and UI to some degree as well. I’ve always been attracted to web design and development, and think that UX would be a good fit for me.
However, for a late 30-something with 2 unrelated degrees, how likely is it that I would take a 6-month course through Career Foundry or similar and be able to get a full-time, decent paying job? Is that totally unrealistic? Would I look at starting out through unpaid internships or the like? I’ve heard you prove yourself through your tangible experience/code/projects, so do you really need to build an extensive portfolio on your own before seeking real employment in the industry?
Thanks in advance for any guidance and suggestions!