So, my friend (who is a graphic designer) and I want to live the digital nomad life for a little while, starting off by traveling around the USA. We want to do this towards the end of the year or at least when COVID19 dissipates and it’s safe to travel. She was just laid off and so was I. She’s wanting to do more freelance work (she’s already doing it a little) and that would help fund her side of the travel expenses. However, I need to learn a skill that I can do remotely and (likely) via freelance. My first idea goes to UX.
I’ve got a Bachelors in Psychology and graduated in 2017. In 2018 I did a 10 week GA bootcamp and got a 9 month part-time UX job (from Aug 2018 to April 2019) before I was laid off. I got a little bit of design and UI experience, but nothing in the way of research experience. I did have a tiny bit of research experience thanks to GA. I have a portfolio with outlining a case study I did while in GA (it has an emphasis on research and design), and one case study from my time at the small company (it is more focused on UI).
I was unable to find another UX job, and the feedback that I kept getting is that I was lacking in design skills. Discouraged, I decided to work with my Dad to start his painting and roofing business, but things have slowed down so much that income is nonexistent, and the business still isn’t off the ground.
I want to learn or reinvigorate a skill so that I can travel. UX seems to be the best bet since I have some experience. But I’m rusty and I have a lot of confidence issues about my design skills. I have about 8-9 months to learn through before traveling.
First of all, is my dream unrealistic? Or is it doable? And second of all, where should I turn to get back in the UX world? It’s a little overwhelming thinking about getting back in.