The UX of Learning UX is Broken
Dan Maccarone

While the points this article makes are all well and good and in line with what very experienced professionals in the field have been saying, it doesn’t address the very real problem that one can’t get experience without getting hired, and no one will hire you without a significant amount of experience. It comes off as really tone deaf to write these long platitudes on the value of real life UX career experience, and then be totally unwilling to work with anyone “junior” or provide any real-life advice on how to actually get hired. The overwhelming refrain from industry old-timers is always “real-life experience is the most important thing,” but perpetuating this idea that you have nothing to offer and are a liability to a company without this vaguely defined extensive career experience, no matter one’s other qualifications, is arguably way more harmful than programs like General Assembly. I would really like to see the “experienced” design community own this and actually support it’s newcomers, rather than shuffing off all responsibility for career development onto newbs and then giving them no openings or mentorship to actually obtain it. Think about that before you disregard the next resume that comes in with a UX bootcamp listed on it.

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