I have a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and since I graduated in June 2019, I have been looking for opportunities in UX Design. Even before graduating, I have had dreams of becoming a UX Designer. To Achieve that goal, I got myself enrolled in Interaction Design Specialization. After completing 7 courses, I applied the concepts that I learnt in the courses in my final year project and designed an interface for "Smart Energy Meter". After graduating from college, I finished the capstone project that was the 8th course in the specialization. After completing the specialization and building a portfolio with 2 projects, the questions that keeps ringing in my mind are:
"Where do I go from here?"
"How do I use what I have learned so far to land even an unpaid internship or a job?"
"Is this even enough to start a job?"
Please I need direction on this. I am thinking of starting the UI/UX specialization by CalArts.
What should I do? I really need hands on experience in industry.
Best answer by Sasha
Make sure everyone you know knows what you're interested in doing, especially your more "distant" contacts (i.e. the people you don't spend a lot of time with). Those are the people are most likely to know people that you don't. I also did the Interaction Design specialty, and when I landed a job it was because a friend on Facebook contacted me and said "hey, aren't you looking for something in UX? Our UX team is hiring..."
Also, bring your enthusiasm to the interviews. I brought my paper prototype from my IXD project and gave them a Wiz of Oz demo, and I think it helped me stand out. My now-manager has also since told me that what convinced her was when I talked about wanting to get to know users and understand their needs. The question in her mind was "is she here for the right reasons?" I.e. do I really care about users and not just that UX is hot right now. When I talked about getting closer to users (my previous job was server side programming), that told her the answer to her question was "yes".
Best of luck!