I’m hoping to get your thoughts on a career change into UX Design.
I am currently 39 and I’m a director at an investment management firm in Chicago making around 180k/year. I’ve always loved design. I took two years of industrial design courses in my undergrad before switching majors. I didn’t have the artistic talent needed for that field.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve heard more about UX design and I feel it would be a great fit for me being the INTJ type who loves to improve processes and solve problems.
My concern is that UX designers seem to be much younger on average and that I would come in and feel out of place. What positions are other 39-year-olds in this field typically holding?
I realize that I wouldn’t be able to move from a director in finance to a director in UX or product design. What’s your opinion on how long it would take to get into a management role in UX? That would be ideally where I would like to end up.
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.