Is it possible to get a UI/UX job with a IST degree?
My major is IST and the classes I've taken are mostly web development/network architectures based. I've learned things like HTML, CSS, JS, C#, ASP.NET but nothing really design based. Would it still be possible to get a UI/UX designer based job even if I don't know things like how to use all the Adobe products/other design software?
Short answer - Yes, why not!
Long answer - No one knows everything and we all have to start somewhere. However, here is a sample UI/UX job description -
1. You have a degree/diploma in Design, Fine Arts, Engineering or related field
2. You have prior experience as a UI/UX Designer as well as a strong portfolio of related projects
3. You are proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop)
4. You are proficient in prototyping tools such as Sketch, InVision, etc.
6. You pay strong attention to detail and have a keen eye for aesthetics
7. You have excellent communication skills and can clearly articulate your ideas, designs, and suggestions
8. You are a strong team player who can collaborate effectively with different stakeholders
Based on your profile, you might think, you do not meet all the requirements and that is perfectly fine.
6,7,8 are soft skills that you can master if you try.
2,3,4 are where you will have to plug the gaps. Look for short-term courses with certificates from providers like Udemy, EdX, Coursera, etc. Build a portfolio of your own that you can showcase to prospective employers.
5 is already covered for you, I think.
And if all other points are covered 1 would not be a problem.
At the end of the day, it's all about applying the learning, and these days industry does not seek just degrees, they seek to know how good you are at applying the learning!
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Yes, you should be able to get the job for UX designer with the skill set you mentioned and also learning about Figma. Please continue with your learning and keep your focus on your interest as a UX designer.
Wish you all the best.
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You could definitely get a job in UX with a degree in IST. I have met lots of professionals in the field who studied a variety of topics including comp-sci, design, psychology, and even marketing. You will bring a unique skillset and perspective to your UX team, and will likely be better able to design for implementation than someone like me with limited coding knowledge. :)
That being said, you are doing the right thing by learning how to use Figma and other design tools. UX can be pretty broad, so I would recommend taking a look at the requirements for job postings you think sound exciting, and work on developing the technical skills that you don't have yet. As a UX Program Management Intern, I have spent very little time in figma and other design tools, but I have spent a lot of time conducting User Research through interviews and then working in a team to understanding the data through use of journey maps and personas.
Best of luck to you!
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