I chanced upon this community and have seen a lot of awesome advice about getting a career in UX, so am hoping to get some personal advice here too!
Just a little background about me… I’m a quantitative market researcher with 6 years of research experience. I typically run projects online to understand consumer behaviour within the mobile & tech industry. I’ve recently left my job and am on the lookout for an opportunity in UX. I’ve done some reading (I really enjoyed Don’t make me think!) and also attended Dr Travis’s usability course in UDemy to understand the building blocks of UX. What I find hardest in the whole process is to work out a portfolio - it isn’t very motivating to work on dummy projects and it isn’t easy to get real projects either. Do you guys have any suggestions on how I can build a portfolio from scratch?
It seems to me that the nature of UX is more qualitative driven (e.g. developing personas, user stories, contextual inquiry). Does this mean a quantitative person will find it harder to get into this field of work? I find it difficult to talk up my work experience in my resume as market research has few overlaps with UX… How should I deal with this?
Finally, in terms of the job role, which UX position will be more achievable and realistic for my background? Is it a UX researcher or a UX designer? My understanding is that it will be best to get exposed to different roles as a UX designer, and thereafter decide a specific area to specialise in. I thought about becoming a UX researcher but am afraid that it is too early to dive into a niche area at the start. But if I were to consider a UX designer role, I don’t have much relevant experience to put a strong case forward, and there aren’t many junior UX designer roles in the market as well. I’m turning 30 y.o. this year so this career transition will be critical.
Has anyone had similar experiences when moving to UX? Would love to hear from you!