As a hiring manager in the COVID era, I can say that it’s been the most overwhelming experience of all times.

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If you failed yesterday, you have tomorrow to fix it.

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Yesterday


Or, a better question: would you like to waste 2 years of your life?

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A person looking at the job requirements with design degrees
  1. You Googled UX Design, and everything is about design tools.
  2. You have heard that a design school will give you a straight path to being a Product Designer…


A rational way to save 2 years of your life and get the experience you need.

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It sounds like something you want to explore. And you also heard that it’s possible to do UX for a living. How cool is that?


A question you would never expect anybody to ask.

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  1. UX design is popular, and everyone wants to be a part of it.
  2. Lots of people have written articles about their journey to UX Design with no experience. Make sure you live in the heart of San Francisco or have a degree in graphic design. The rest is “networking.”
  3. Companies are looking for experienced junior UX designers.


How ignorance damages the whole industry and its future.

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Two people standing next to each other talking

What is this article about?


The secret life of those who are daring enough to move the world.

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  • Decent writing experience for the web (I cannot see blogging as a teenager as “decent writing”);
  • A degree in Creative Writing or a major in English;
  • A network of people, friends, and colleagues who could vouch for me that I am capable of doing the work;
  • And, let’s be…

Something you’ve never seen anybody bragging about.

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Well, if you really want to brag…

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How to choose between earning money or earning a certificate.

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A bust of a person with the sign Bootcamp
  • take part and understand the user-centered processes at a high level;
  • build a portfolio with at least 2–3 pieces;
  • develop a network of connections.

But are those things worth a year of your life and almost $5000 of your money?

Oksana Ivanova

I lead a CX team in short-term rental in Canada and the US as my day job and draw funny comics about UX later.

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