“You can ask me whatever you damn well please but I have never in my life had a student question my knowledge!”
That’s a sad state of affairs.
Even if one were to pretend briefly that your former professor wasn’t trying to silence and derail someone who has every reason to know more about this topic…
Well, if nothing else, I’m having some trouble figuring out where to start.
I was originally hoping to use whatever the current styles and design patterns were to start the process, but it seems like they aren’t actually consistent or easy to find enough for this to be useful.
In general, I recommend a few things:
See if there are any open source places that are looking for UX help. I’m currently volunteering with GitLab, for example. There are also things like Code For Boston — where are you located? Code for Boston, at least, is very much a thing you want to be able to attend weekly meetings for.
Marcela: I am not certain that teaching a large class would do what I’m wanting to do. The people I most want to help get into UX are also the people least likely to be able to afford to take UX courses.
I’m a researcher and interaction designer who’s been teaching myself UX for nearly two years. I’ve recently started trying to learn IA, and have been looking for jobs in the Boston area for most of that time. I’m not really sure what I’m looking for from a mentor, other than perhaps sympathy for the amount of difficult finding a job has been and maybe connections? (https://suzannehillman.com — for the curious)
I’m in the middle of a career change, and turned 40 a week ago. I’ve been working on UX projects in my own time, and trying to get paid work in UX has been quite difficult. I think part of the problem is that there are a huge number of new UXers in the area I’m in, which makes it harder to stick out as worth someone’s time.
Finding a mentor is _hard_!
Then again, I’m not entirely clear on what a mentor is supposed to offer a mentee. I’m currently working on a simple project with someone currently in school for technical communications, which feels like mentoring even though I’ve not yet managed to get a paid UX position yet (I’m a career changer).
Just a strange position to be in!