I am looking to make the jump into UX writing and content strategy, and I was wondering if there are any UX writers on these forums who might be willing to help an aspiring wordsmith. I am currently in the process of putting together a portfolio, but I am not quite sure how to go about it since I don’t have previous experience working in a UX writing position or a consumer facing company. My background is primarily academic. I did my PHD studies in classical languages at UCLA. I also hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and classical languages from the University of Arizona, and a certification in curriculum design and instruction from the same institution. I feel that my background in linguistics and education is relevant to UX writing and content strategy, and I have been taking steps over the past year to educate myself in UX methods and best practices, in addition to learning the basics of UI design.
I’ve been completing the daily UX writing challenge (https://dailyuxwriting.com/) and creating some mock-ups using programs like Figma, but I wonder if that is enough for an entry level UX writing portfolio. I am also kind of at a loss as to how I would go about illustrating process in the context of hypotheticals and faux case studies.
I realize that the first position I get is probably going to be contract, and I am perfectly fine with that. I just want to make sure that my portfolio is up to scratch before I begin the application process and reaching out to recruiters.
On a tangentially related note, has anyone here taken any of the paid UX writing courses that are available online, e.g. through the UX Writing Hub or UX Writer’s Collective? If so, thoughts?