i am interested in hearing anyone's insights/advice about ui/ux design. i'm desperate to make a move out of healthcare like yesterday. pls and ty

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@green_vvitch I'm learning more backend than frontend stuff but I've hired a tutor on Fiverr for like $50 for an hour and it helped me out a lot with stuff you can't read in books. Like they showed me their tools, their work flow, what kind of libraries they think I should be using, etc. I'm still learning but I feel like that helped me

@swaggboi ahh thank you! i hadn't even considered this to be a possibility.

Not an expert in this field, but I'm pretty sure dedicated ui/ux jobs are quite rare compared to general webdevelopment (we have like 1.5 in an IT department of 700-800), I imagine getting into those positions could be easier with a solid webdevelopment background or at least taking up tasks with a more ui/ux focus in a team could be possible with that (but don't quote me on that)

@tenornix I appreciate the insight. Truthfully, I'm not 100% on what the end goal is right now. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can on my own and develop a skillset so I can be more marketable for an industry switch, since my skills as a nurse are probably not highly sought after in tech lol. Resources for webdev seem plentiful but I've had a harder time finding things for the design aspect.

@green_vvitch yeah, I know there is an ISO standard for ux and ergonomics, but otherwise maybe have look more for books than online resources?

and concerning your skill set as a nurse: I think there are some opportunities to reframe some of it as popular phrases like "team player" "performs well under stress" "time management skill" and so on and so forth, if you get what I mean

@tenornix yeah you're definitely right. I can rephrase pretty much all of my "soft skills" from nursing to fit any job description, it's just the actual technical skill I lack currently!

@green_vvitch a piece of advice I can give you for that is "learning by doing" is king for learning technical skills, especially programming (even thought I don't always follow my own advice)

otherwise I think your chances depend a lot on where you are located, how old you are, which industry you want to get into (like automotive, financial, etc.)

other question: do you have any previous experience with webdev or any other IT "things" in general or are you a total newbie there (I assume not, otherwise you probably wouldn't be here on mastodon) ? I definitely recommend doing stuff you think is fun or interesting, not because you think it will get you into a particular industry (not very original advice, I know). I think it is quite noticeable if someone actually cares for a topic or not or has an "affinity" for it

@tenornix I hear ya, I've been playing around with some vector tools to just get the feel. If I could go back in time I probably would have skipped school and pursued graphic design from the jump.

Anyways, I live in Denver, CO so I am confident I could find something local and/or remote, and I assume being a young woman would be advantageous to me.

I have the pretty basic HTML/CSS knowledge from being a child of the internet, but nothing formal or serious and nothing really beyond that. I do appreciate your advice though! It is quite daunting to learn something completely new and out of my element.

@green_vvitch haha, I wasn't expecting any personal information
I can't do much with that information, I'm (sadly) not a career consultant (or whatever the term for that may be) I've got no clue about the industry in that part of the world

definitely think about why you want to get into a specific field, that's what basically every recruiter is gonna ask you anyway. "health care was just to exhausting" or something of the sort won't score any points on that front.

if you are not sure what exactly you want to do, do try out what you are vaguely interested in (idk mock up a gui? go trough a webdev course?) but make sure to limit your time spent on that and not "get lost" in your search. On the other hand looking into a diverse range of subjects may also be beneficial (note: really not an expert on that 🧂 ) I think to some degree you should be able to narrow down what really intersts you

and do be on the lookout for possible opportunities nearby (very original advice again, I know), I think I'd recommend not being laser-focused on ui/ux stuff and instead maybe getting more practical experience in the field, I think that could also help you in narrowing down what you really want to do

And as always: take life advice from strangers from the internet with a grain of salt! (yes, even from me)

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