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UX/UI skills are great to have along with psychology to expand your career options. Human computer interaction (HCI) and graphic design courses will broaden your knowledge about user centered design as well.
A lot of companies are looking for hybrid designers that have these skills. Forbes wrote an article on this topic.
I received my bachelor’s degree in graphic design and later on went back to school for a certificate in computer science. I went from graphic design to web design, to front-end-web-development, to digital design and now to UX/UI.
I found out along my career path that I loved exciting apps and websites that made my life easier and I wanted to be a part of creating those enjoyable experiences for other people. So, I took a bunch of courses on Lynda.com, Treehouse.com and Udemy.com just to learn other bits and tips outside of school. Lynda and Treehouse is discounted for students and Udemy is just really cheap. Most of the courses I took on Udemy range from $10 - $25 bucks. The most helpful course I took was a UX designer portfolio course on Udemy. It taught me exactly what to put in my portfolio. Companies not only want to see that you can design but they want to see the thought process behind your designs. As soon as I did that, I started applying for a job in UX and got one.
In my opinion, it never hurts to know the basic HTML and CSS. It’s not required for you to know how to code in order to be a UX/UI designer, but it helps when your interviewing for a job and they know you have the ability to understand the development process. A lot of designers and developers don’t speak the same language, so if you’re that person who can bridge the gap and help lessen any confusion or miscommunication, you’ll be a great asset to any team. You can learn to code for free on codeacademy.com
The con of being a hybrid designer is that some companies will want you to exercise several of your skills on a daily basis but not really want to pay you for it. You’ll be involved in more areas of a project than anyone else at times and that could get stressful. You’ll want to discover what your passionate about and focus on it. Being excellent at one thing is much better than being ok at many things.
The pros in being a hybrid designer is that you’ll always be needed somewhere. You’ll be able to move through your career seamlessly and still be able to explore industries until you find your niche. I wish you the best of luck!
Evin recommends the following next steps:
- Take some online courses
- Start building a portfolio online. You'll need a website. This can easily be done on WordPress.
- Find a mentor to help you with your resume
- Make up your own projects and work on them in your spare time
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