This is one of my first posts so here’s a quick introduction: I’m Malin, I’m a graphic and web designer from Sweden living and working in the UK. I’ve been into webdesign for almost 10 years but UX only for about 3 years but haven’t really taken it seriously until now. I’ve realised that as much as I enjoy designing, my main interest lies in solving problems, creating solutions with a goal in mind and basically analysing my way to the best outcome. I also have a big interest in psychology which is one of the paths that led me to UX.
Now, my problem is, that there is SO MUCH information and I don’t know how to begin. So far I’ve read books, lots of online articles and taken courses. But the more I read, the more information I find, and the more I realise how big this mountain is to climb and how little I really know. I’m not asking what books to read or where to learn; I just feel like I need a strategy; a plan that ultimately will lead to a job in UX. For example, how early should you start to specialise? I’m working on improving my general knowledge in UX but sooner or later I want to find a niche. Right now I’m working for an ecommerce company and I love designing with CRO in mind – but how soon is it wise to start specialising?
What I would love to know is, what did your learning strategy look like? Did you quit your job to spend time learning UX on a full time basis? Did you learn about general UX processes first, then found a niche? Did you decide yourself what areas to focus on, or did you let your job and your job tasks guide you to them? Did you learn more through practical experience and tasks, rather than just theory and studying?
If you have any input, please write! I’m open to all advice, whether you’re a newbie or experienced