A new career in UX with Interaction Design Foundation
how I am working to start a new career, in a new country, in a new language
This is my first article on Medium, and I want to dedicate it at the beginning, to how I am working to start a new career, in a new country, in a new language. And I’m doing it thanks to the Interaction Design Foundation.
I am an Italian woman, who emigrated to the UK in the summer of 2019. Behind me, I have a degree and a research doctorate in the historical field, a master’s degree in IT, and work experience in the field of e-learning at the university level, such as a teacher at the primary and high school level, and as a social media manager.
I arrived, and I began to look around and behind me. What could I take from my past to start working? Certainly not the years of experience as an Italian teacher! What are my passions? What “I’m good at”?
First of all, I enrolled in an English course, because even if I read and write correctly, I cannot speak it and I understand it very little. I chose the UX field (and studying I discovered that what I really like is UI; Accessibility especially for the elderly; VR) and I signed up for some online courses while helping our three girls to settle in.
BUT … I paid for monotonous, boring courses. Courses not updated. Courses made up of videos only about a professor with a strong local accent (from another country), without transcriptions, where I didn’t understand anything. Courses in which I needed a tutor, I wrote, and received an answer 5 months later, when I had already abandoned everything. A disaster! In other topics, I have found valid courses, but in the UX field … zero.
Since I am a very curious person, I added to the courses the reading of various sites in the sector, and I began to follow the accounts on Twitter.
From there I enrolled in the Interaction Design Foundation, and I discovered a different way of organizing the courses, the way I was looking for:
-the courses are divided by topics so that you can go into detail. By following different courses you can complete a path by specializing, for example, in UX, or in Accessibility, or in UI, etc.
-Lessons are delivered weekly, and this allows me to organize myself better. And don’t get discouraged at first.
-Together with me there are other students, we have spaces for discussion where we can exchange ideas and help each other.
-The questions are both auto-answered and corrected by the teachers, and the answer arrives in a maximum of 15 days.
-The lessons are both written and on video. The transcription has also been available for a few days now, and this is really a great help for non-native speakers like me. Basically, I follow the courses for my profession, I am following an English course!
-The courses are divided by level, so I can decide how far to go.
I started testing the first course … and I was thrilled. I have already finished 7 courses and I am following others, and I realize that my knowledge is increasing day by day and that I am starting to look at the sites where I surf in a different way.
I left for last, in my plan, the course to start looking into the world of work “How to create a UX Portfolio” because from the program I see that it will give me practical indications on how to present myself in the best possible way.
This is my experience. I hope to give courage to those who, like me, have made the great leap from their country abroad, or to those who want to change their job and dedicate themselves to this exciting field.