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Everyone's journey is a bit different. There is no 'silver bullet' per se to get into UX and depending on who you ask, you may get a lot of answers as to what UX even entails.
Speaking from experience, it took me a while to get here. I started as an art/mass communications major in the early days of the internet. I took some BASIC HTML courses but that was about the extent of my coding knowledge. To this day, I would not consider myself a 'coder' at all. The helpful thing is to know enough of the basics to develop an understanding with the developers you'll inevitably work with. Let them do the work but it can help if you know what their limitations are (be it technology, timing, scope, etc.)
As far as my journey, I started out an animator using Flash (showing my age here!). Over time, Flash was being phased out and I found myself doing more web-design work. That is where I stumbled upon UX. I was fortunate that my employer at the time offered to pay for me to take course through "General Assembly" after work hours. It was extremely helpful in breaking down the UX processes you'll need. As others have said, Im sure you could cobble together a lot of info by searching various resources throughout the interwebs, but I felt a structured setting with deliverables and due dates helped me. I feel a classroom setting was a much better experience than a conference, but that's just me.
Quite a few people I work with today came out of General Assembly and they've all been great to work with, so there's that too. (I promise I don't work for them. Know this is sounding like a commercial!)
Todd recommends the following next steps:
- - Look for an online boot camp (like General Assembly)
- - Follow some folks in the UX space on Twitter (Jared Spool, Paul Boag)
- - Check articles on Medium, Smashing Magazine
- - Try to find some online resources to learn some BASIC coding, but don't get too hung up on becoming a master programmer.
- - Network as much as possible! You'd be amazed at what opportunities those connections can turn into.
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