I just wrapped up my first week of ten at General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive program. I have very little experience in any field other than being a student, as I recently graduated college in May of 2017 – I graduated with a high GPA with a B.S. in Psychology. Up until taking this course, I’ve been working trade jobs – to be specific, working under my dad to help sell roofs. And through college, I did your typical entry level customer service jobs. I had one inconsequential internship that didn’t really give me much research experience.
And so I don’t have much to add yet. I have two very amateur UX portfolio pieces. I will add more to my portfolio as my course goes on, but right now I’m being told that I need to get out there and start applying to jobs.
Should I be doing this? A classmate told me that he was, and that he was simply sending a message that though he doesn’t have much to show right now, he’s currently learning and wants to stay in touch with the employer. Is this a wise idea, or should I wait until I have something to show?
And as for going to networking events, should I show the same approach – that I am very new, but that I am currently learning and want to make connections?
As you can imagine, I’m dealing a bit with the infamous imposter syndrome. I feel like I’ll have more value to add in the future, but right now, I feel like a toddler trying to mix it up with the adults.