Switching Careers at 30

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching about what I want to do with my life. Right now, I have a pretty decent job that pays enough. However, when I think long-term, it’s not something I want to do forever. The opportunities for advancement or earning potential are slim and limited. I don’t love what I do but it pays the bills.

When I was younger, I loved artistic activities like drawing, graphic design, making web pages, and even ceramics. For whatever reason, I never pursued any of those paths. Now, I think I want to jump back into that. Now I’m thinking of switching careers from an administrative/coordinator role to UX design.

I signed up for an online Design class through DesignLab. It’s a one month program for $400. You learn visual hierarchy, layout, color theory, typography, and process. Right now, none of that means anything to me however that will soon change! The class runs through the whole month of November. I downloaded Sketch onto my Mac and have been dabbling in it a little before the course starts.

I signed up for the design class to get a feel for design which is critical for UX. We’ll see how the experience goes!

After this, I am considering doing the part-time 6 month UX Academy offered through Designlab for about $6k or doing the User Experience Design Immersion (UXDI) 2 month full-time course offered through General Assembly for $15k. Both have their pros and cons. The part-time program is cheaper and I wouldn’t have to immediately quit my full-time job. Although the full-time program would help me dive in right now and force myself to make the career switch by quitting my job but I’d have to take out a loan.

I have some deciding to do…