These are not a typical advice, because most of the UX courses want you to believe that their courses satisfy your entire UX education so that they can sell you expensive courses!
Belief #1: Taking a UX course does not complete your UX education, no matter how comprehensive
UX is an extremely broad field. There’s no single course that can teach you everything about UX. A UX certificate from a bootcamp doesn’t mean anything. UX is not like getting a license to become a doctor or a lawyer. UX is something that you learn the best by actually working on projects.
Belief #2: “Full-stack UX designer” is a complete illusion
Many bootcamps claim you can become a “full-stack UX designer”. For the most part “full-stack UX designer” doesn’t even exist. There are a very few UX designers who can actually code and do that, but these are very experienced UX designers anyway. In reality, majority of UX positions don’t even require coding skills.
If you see UX courses for beginners that have front-end coding as big part of their curriculums, that’s a warning sign. They are packing more stuff so that they can charge you more.
Belief #3: You’d better “start working on a new UX project” than being stuck in a long course
The best way to learn UX is by doing, to work on a project, hands-on. This means you should get there as soon as possible. The sooner you start working on a UX project even if you feel you are not ready, the better off you will be. You will learn absolutely a lot more, a lot faster this way.
Belief #4: Understanding the importance of working with PM and engineer is critical
Most of the courses out there put UX in a vacuum, and don’t even touch upon this topic. But without collaboration with PM and engineers, nothing happens. This is such a critical component of becoming a successful UX designer. I’m surprised that almost none of the courses cover this.
Belief #5: Being a UX designer is a journey of continuous learning
As a UX designer, having the right mindset is just as important as gaining experiences and learning knowledge and skills. Many people tend to think that once you complete a college program or a bootcamp course, that’s the end of the learning. This is wrong. The field of UX is still evolving and expanding. In order to become a successful UX designer and stay relevant, you need to continuously learn new things. This is essential part of what UX designer is. It’s extremely important to understand this upfront and set your mindset accordingly before starting your journey.
Belief #6: Set the right expectation
Many graphic designers and web designers are attracted to become a UX designer because a salary is higher. But before jumping in, you need to fully understand what it means to become a UX designer. UX designer is not a “get rich quick” scheme. It requires a consistent hard work one step at a time throughout your entire career. You need to set a realistic, right expectation. Don’t be fooled by hyped-up marketing messages out there. They try to sell you expensive courses that are unnecessarily bloated up.