Most juniors do this.
Education is definitely going into places! It’s pretty exciting to see new innovation — from interactive learning platforms, to AI tutoring and direct mentor access (ADPL). It’s great that we’ve come out of the traditional, slow to adapt and often late to the party educational systems like universities.
When it comes to design, it’s mindblowing how much free knowledge there is out there for you to level up with! I remember back in 1998 the only way to learn how to design a website, was to try and modify HTML code from an existing one.
Don’t get me wrong, those early days of the web were super fun! UX didn’t exist as a set of practices, so we ran wild with the most crazy, unique ideas! After a while it did get sorted out — we know what works and deviating from it is too risky. Most of the web now looks the same, but that’s a whole other story.
You can find a tutorial on practically anything on YouTube! With free plans in some design tools, democratizing access to third world countries has never been more of a reality.
Finally people from ANYWHERE can learn to design — often without spending a dime, get a job abroad and turn their lives around.
But all that abundance leads to a big problem.
Most juniors have a big problem
Why is it that a small group of people can grow in design super quickly and get a job just a few weeks after publishing their portfolio? Most people struggle for a year or more after all.
I have the privilege to work with over 20,000 students from all over the world who are taking my courses and that allows me to ask them questions.
I can also verify which ones got the job quickly and what was different about it.
It’s very fast and easy to evaluate the quality of UI