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34 Comments on "How Long Does it Take to Learn or Become a UI/UX Designer?"

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EclecticRenaissanceFrank Mooradian
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EclecticRenaissanceFrank Mooradian
2 months 24 days ago
Dayum, I'm about to finish Bloc with 2 projects in my portfolio after about 15 months. The first project took FOR EH VUR since I was wrestling with Javascript at the same time. I'm booking ace on this second one & it's probably going to take 90 days. This branding is getting me, & for some reason Maze.design is having problems with a prototype in landscape in Invision. Since this career is a total life pivot for me, I'm going to try & to specialize in IA instead of doing everything. Do you think that's a good career strategy? I… Read more »
Marco Perez
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Marco Perez
2 months 26 days ago

What if you are already a graphic designer?

Catigue
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Catigue
2 months 14 days ago

Marco Perez Much less time if you focus on the gaps you need to fill. You’ll need to focus more on strategy and user feedback skills and should be able to pick up UI/product design more quickly with an existing design background. Depends on what role or environment you want to be in though.

Ronisha Lauchande
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Ronisha Lauchande
2 months 28 days ago

hi MikeWhen you say about building strong portofolios for UI/UX design, you talking about building the whole website or just the design of the end product and the process of building that design product.

Pedro Konishi
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Pedro Konishi
2 months 29 days ago

Great motivational/career advice video Mike! Good as always.

C89-HD
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C89-HD
2 months 29 days ago

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Thanom Jackson
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Thanom Jackson
2 months 29 days ago

I don’t know if it’s good or not but your course took me from not knowing what the heck UI/UX was to projects.invisionapp.com/share/4FJ62NL7Z9T in 15 days!

Mike Locke
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Mike Locke
2 months 29 days ago

Great progress after 15 days of my course. Everyone's different. You'll continue to fine-tune the small details but love this. Great job.

Rajan
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Rajan
2 months 30 days ago

Great video Mike! I feel like everyone can learn it much faster/slower depending on their pace and consistency on doing new projects. It's all about consistency at the end of the day and always keep learning and consuming great content ! 😀

Andrew Fredrickson
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Andrew Fredrickson
2 months 30 days ago

How do you feel about the immersive courses via a bootcamp through say Galvanize or General Assembly? I was apart of a cohort that ended about two months ago (Denver, CO) for a 10 week course and seems like we're all getting jobs in the field as either juniors or regular UX Designers.

Mike Locke
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Mike Locke
2 months 30 days ago
To be honest, as you know the answer to the question of "How long does it takes" really depends. If you and I were having coffee, the conversation would center around the fact that there are so many factors like you mentioned – prior experience, experience in tech, were you a product manager, did you work on products, apps in another capacity, etc…..if yes, such person can definitely speed things up. I generally give the 2-year mark because most Art Schools center around 2-year programs. And based on my experience, there's a lot you can fine-tune within the 2-year span.… Read more »
Andrew Fredrickson
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Andrew Fredrickson
2 months 30 days ago
I came in from a Tech Support / Customer Support background of around 10+ years before I started the course. I agree with your statement of coming in from no experience at all (like a college student or something) that 10 weeks is likely a bit short to grasp the field as a whole. But I'd say that some of that time mixed from other jobs/fields like tech or design helps out while you are grasping design principles and crafting a starter portfolio. I'd be curious if this could be expanded upon in another video for folks looking for a… Read more »
Mike Locke
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Mike Locke
2 months 30 days ago

General Assembly is not bad, live interaction with people really helps. But 10-weeks is nowhere near enough time to take someone with no experience to job ready. No way. Landing a job in a UX Design role after 10 weeks, I assume they've had prior experience in design or tech in some capacity.

Jasmine Chew
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Jasmine Chew
2 months 30 days ago

How do I build multiple portfolios when I have no experience?

Mike Locke
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Mike Locke
2 months 30 days ago

After learning the essentials of UI/UX Design, what I teach is to build up your portfolio using concept work. That is, you come up with an idea for an app or website, then design it and document your process. Do this 3 to 4 times and you have a solid portfolio. Visit my site www.mluxacademy.com to learn more and feel free to email any other questions.

MrConway007
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MrConway007
2 months 30 days ago

I’ve been at it 7+ years and I’m now 37 years old but I still cant seem to land that first job in a doing UI/UX design for a digital design agency. But it’s all I want to in my career. Am I doomed?

MrConway007
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MrConway007
2 months 29 days ago
Raymond thanks for your candid feedback to my thread. I really appreciate you sharing your experience so far even if you feel it has been mostly negative. Don’t give up though man, you will only regret in later life if you don’t continue to pursue this career if that is truly what you still want to be doing. Yes there is a lot of fierce competition for these roles but I refuse to join a recruitment consultancy hiring for creative jobs. I get the strong impression that a lot of them use to be just like me and you and… Read more »
Raymond
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Raymond
2 months 30 days ago
Speaking as someone who recently gave up job hunting for that next UX role after nearly 1,800 applications over two years since getting laid off from my first role, my anecdotal experience is that the quality of your work will get you interviews but not the job.After interviewing with a fairly large number of companies over that span I've realized that the harsh reality of attempting to convince a prospective employer to hire you mainly comes down to two things: years of experience on paper and skills you've demonstrated on shipped projects. The catch-22 of experience seems to apply even… Read more »
MrConway007
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MrConway007
2 months 30 days ago

Ok thanks Mike, appreciate that, you can check it out at www.behance.net/deanconway

Mike Locke
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Mike Locke
2 months 30 days ago

MrConway007 – Nah, you just might need to tweak a few things. Haven't seen your work, but my guess is that your visual design skills needs tweaking. Just a guess. Shoot me your portfolio and I'll give you my honest opinion.

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