Where in the world are you?
I live in Oregon, in a small town called Cottage Grove.
What stage of your career are you at?
As far as UX design, I’m scoping out my options and the potential paths.
What are your current challenges?
I have over 20 years in the IT and related industry. I have 11+ years of experience in my current career as a developer of technical training for customers. I am currently well employed, but my satisfaction in my job is at an all-time low for a variety of reasons; some personal, and some professional.
If I were to pursue this, it would have to be in parallel to my current job. I can’t afford to take a couple of years off work to learn this. I have no college degree and no experience in academic settings other than one year in a trade school. Everything I have ever done has been self-taught or learned “on the job”.
A lot of the guides for this sort of career discuss getting experience as an intern, or a variety of things that would likely take a lot of time but not provide for my family.
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
I am very excited about designing things that are efficient and satisfying to use. Minimizing those moments where users ask themselves “Why am I even using this?”. I think User Experiences should be as intuitive and efficient as possible which I think are two things that lead to satisfaction.
Cats or dogs?
I’ve had both, and I prefer dogs. Specifically Australian Shepherds. Plus my wife is allergic to cats.
My apologies for the long ramble.