New here - what a great community and forum!
Been lurking through the Careers category, but couldn’t find a topic/thread related to my situation, which is:
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately at the same time as wanting to make a decision on what bachelors degree to pursue. I’m greatly interested in making a career shift into UX design as I’ve had some unofficial experience with it in current and previous roles. I also have a huge interest in psychology, have always been drawn to and enjoyed technology and software, and my experience with a site, app and product is always important to me.
However, a major roadblock for me in making a shift of ANY kind is my lack of a degree or certification. Fortunately, my employer provides some tuition reimbursement and is fairly flexible on the degree program that is pursued. I had previously narrowed my choice of university down last winter, enrolled, and successfully completed my first semester of college at 31 years old! But the decision of what major to pursue still looms over me.
So here are the options in front of me with this university and I would love your thoughts, advice and guidance!
B.S. in Psychology, Minor in Computer Science
B.S. in Computer Science, Minor in Psychology
Bachelors in General Studies, emphasis in Psychology, with enough electives to receive Certifications in at least the following (which are just under the amount of hours for a Minor): Web Development, Mobile App Development, Business Information Systems - some other Certification options are: Marketing, Management, Leadership Studies and even “Building a Career in a Non-Profit Corporation”.
Something I’m not seeing but this community might suggest.
I know there can be a stigma, right or wrong, around “General Studies” degrees, but UX design seems to require a more broad approach. Plus, if at all possible, I would like to continue my studies with a Masters specifically in HCI or similar, so a “General Studies” degree may not be such an issue for long.
I appreciate everyone’s input!