Is it too late to consider career change to UX design field in early forties?
29 Aug 2010 - 11:24pm
5 years ago
I've been in corporate finance field for the past 10 years. I have BA in English literature, MBA in finance and MS in accounting. I had my fair share of bumps in my corporate life, but it was not until couple of years ago that I truly noticed that I was not enjoying what I was doing for my life. I chose my major at business school not because I had passion for finance and accounting per se but it was a path that majority of grad school students chose. I'm in my early forties now. Last week, I asked myself whether I was willing to spend the rest of my life doing what I have been doing in the past 10 years and the answer was a clear No.
I seriously started searching for something that I will be passionate about. Ever since I was in undergrad, I always had great interest in design and making things. I focused my thoughts on that and I started doing some research on UX design. I was not that familiar with the field before and the more I learned about the field (through internet search), the more I felt strongly that this is truly what I've been craving to do ever since the early days. However, considering my background (zero design experience or education background) and my age, I do not know for sure whether making the jump is realistic or not. It seems that I need to obtain formal education on this, perhaps a Masters degree in UX design. But even with the degree, my experience in the field is zero. Hence, high uncertainty in getting hired by companies after graduation.
With that said, I'd greatly appreciate any advice and insight from you on the following:
1. What are the grad schools offering masters in UX design that high-tech companies such as Apple, Google, and the like regularly go to for recruiting?
2. Of these schools, which ones do not require portfolio during application and are open to non-design and CS majors?
3. What are the skills and knowledge that I need to acquire to successfully complete masters program? For your info, programming languages that I have knowledge in are objective C and Python.
4. How can I overcome my age and zero UX design experience in the job market?
5. Instead of masters program, do I need to go back to college and get bachelors degree in UX design?
6. If anyone viewing this post started in the past from a similar situation as I am, could you share your experience with me?
All I want is to do what I love for the rest of my life. I know so very well how it feels like when this is not the case. Again, I'd greatly appreciate any advice and insight from you. Thanks and God bless.