I’ve been a visual arts teacher for the past 9 years and have a BS degree in Art Education. I’ve studied interior design, photography, graphic art, fine arts, love constantly learning new things, and being creatively challenged. Over the past few years I’ve lost my passion for teaching. It hasn’t been creatively challenging in a long while, and to put it simply – I’m bored with it.
In addition to art and design, for years I have been fascinated with human psychology, personality, what motivates people, and how they think. Up until a few months ago, I was set on training to become a life purpose and career coach. However, I never felt completely satisfied with that goal. My gut kept telling me that something was wrong – that I wouldn’t be completely satisfied in that career.
Reading Dick Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute?, helped me map out my skills and the type of work environment that I would work best in. It also helped me realize that while life coaching had the psychological focus that I love, it was missing a big aspect of who I am, a DESIGNER. I still couldn’t put a name to my dream career, but I now knew that it had to combine psychology and design.
While browsing the psychology section at my local B&N recently, I found a psychology book with a section on interaction design, user experience design, user experience research, and user testing for the web. It was an “aha” moment for me and I immediately knew that this type of design is a good career fit for me. It combines my interest in human psychology, my art and design background, and my love of learning new things.
So here I am – with a UX/interaction design transition mission. My goal is to transition into a UX career without going back to school to get another degree. I plan on teaching for another full school year (to be fully vested in my teacher’s retirement plan) and then getting an entry-level job as a UX or interaction designer. As of today that gives me 14 months to get a lot of learning and some valuable experiences under my belt. During that time I will post here on my progress, as well as useful resources I come across such as: articles, books, websites, classes, etc.
Maybe you’re out there and you ‘re just like me? Meaning you have several years of visual design experience and training, have dabbled in web design, but haven’t built a website since you learned HTML 2.0 in college. But you’ve got a growth mindset, you’re crazy about good design, and oh – you’re a little nutty about psychology.
Or maybe you’re out there and you’re a seasoned UX professional with words of advice, a resource, or…