Thanks a lot @dougcollinsI’ve really enjoyed listening to the entire episode. On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11:07:24 PM GMT+2, dougfunnie83 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
dougcollins Experienced UXer
May 16 |
Hi, Malin! It’s great to have you here. Hopefully we can help get you pointed in the right direction.
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.
Welcome to the Dunning-Kruger effect. Know that this is perfectly normal, and actually a sign that you’re learning quite a bit. The more you know, the more you know how little you know. It’s humbling, but very common. Rest assured that many of us have dealt with something similar.
…how early should you start to specialise?
As soon as you’d like. You’re at a wonderful stage right now where you can learn what you’d like at your own pace. Don’t be afraid to explore a niche that seems interesting. The sooner you learn where you want to go, the sooner you can set yourself on the right course.
…what did your learning strategy look like?
One thing I love about UX is that so many of us come from such varied backgrounds. Everyone’s story is seemingly unique. You’ll find quite a few people who specifically studied for it, but also quite a few more who fell in love with UX and pursued it as both a passion and career.
I fell into the latter group. I studied UX while homeless and working at a call center, gathering what knowledge I could between calls and by the dome light of my Ford Escort wherever I happened to be parked for the night. My goal was to make the internal systems my call center was using more user-friendly for the other reps, so I kind of already had a niche. My learning was very practical, and my job and tasks guided me through the process. My more expansive story is here: https://podtail.com/en/podcast/making-ux-work-with-joe-natoli/episode-05-doug-collins-there-is-no-plan-b/
I hope this helps! I’m sure others will have a lot to contribute. Feel free to ask any follow-up questions you may have.