Now is a great time to start a career in UX, as hiring managers are seeing the importance of UX’ers and how usability plays a huge role in everything we use. Companies only have a few seconds to influence the customer. Investing in User Experience is necessary for them to achieve trust, brand recognition and build their user retention. They want their products to be the most efficient and user friendly, whether it’s a TV remote or a website.
The way we do things is changing. These days you can do everything online making the possibilities endless. Especially if you are looking to study. You can find a huge selection of courses online and they are usually very flexible. This means you can fit your online course, around your busy schedule. However, online courses aren’t always updated as regularly as classroom training. This can be an issue as our knowledge of UX is constantly evolving with new technologies such as bots, voice, driverless cars etc are always moving forwards.
Classroom training is much more appealing to gain hands on and up to date information. Knowledgeable tutors have extensive work experience with clients and product timelines. By guiding students through each step, from drawing board to the final products, tutors give students the mentoring and confidence they need.
Feeling motivated by other people’s passions is another of the benefits of classroom training. Furthermore, students are also able to understand alternative viewpoints that they may not have considered and it’s interesting to see how they take in the knowledge they are being given. The structure of a UX course must be carefully considered, so it does not overwhelm the student. This can happen online if as students don’t always know where to start.
In the UX/UI world, it is important to learn by doing. This way you see how things work and interact so that we can make any necessary changes to products. The goal of classroom training is to get you ready for the workplace. Supplying resources to build portfolios and project experience helps support a professional future.
MUXL have discovered a problem. As with any large market, there will always be cowboys looking to make money. There are some who supply bad UX courses to capitalise on the short term gains they can make. It is always important to check out who is teaching a course, what experience they have and how long they have been in the industry. You must also carefully consider what you want to get out of a course and whether the content is worth the price.
To solve both of these issues, UX Academy only employs UX professionals as its tutors. In fact, all of our students* have said that the UX Academy tutors were knowledgeable about the subjects they were teaching. In addition, all of our students are consulted before the course on what areas and topics interest them the most. This is so they can get the most out of the programme. You can find out more about the UX Academy and the programmes we offer here.
*Sample from our February 2018 Foundation Course survey.