In May of this year, I was at a point in my life that many of you will identify with. I had been studying for the last 8 years of my life: 7 spent on an architecture degree and a year on a Master’s in 3D design. Although this helped me to make the leap to become a freelancer where I started earning money and getting clients, I still did not feel truly happy.
So why was I doing this then? What brought me here? What I started to realize is that sometimes, we just let ourselves go in an aimless direction. For me, I had a decent job and I thought it was just what I had to do, yet every day when I got home, I had the same feeling of dissatisfaction.
I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I felt lost and afraid to give up what I had because I was supposed to feel “lucky."
Luckily for me, I have always been very restless and proactive. At that time, I attended many Meetups, especially in the well-known Google campus in Madrid where one day, by chance, I saw an event led by Ironhack focused on something called UX/UI. I didn’t even know what it meant at the time, yet it ended up becoming a very big part of my life.
What attracted me to UX/UI? For a profile as diverse as mine, it was actually perfect. It has a mix of business, psychology and above all, design (read: CREATIVITY!). It had actually always been a dream of mine to dedicate my professional career to the technological sector, solving problems and creating products; however, I didn’t know that it was possible until I came across Ironhack.
The workshop I attended was called WeDesign. After a whole day of the workshop, I knew there and then that this was something I was going to which I was going to dedicate myself.
I remember my first day of Bootcamp like it was yesterday. There I was, studying AGAIN; I threw away everything I had and I felt both proud and nervous, wondering: did I make the right decision?*
*SPOILER: yes I did!
After 11 weeks, I felt that I had learned more than in my entire career! It's true that at times I felt overwhelmed with the amount of information I received in class but at the same time, this motivated me to continue working hard.
It has been less than 2 months since I presented my final bootcamp project and I am now writing this article from Amsterdam where I am part of the Ironhack UX/UI team as a Teaching Assistant in their full-time bootcamp. The only thing that is on my mind is: why didn’t I dare to take this step before?
If you’re considering taking the jump to change your career, either to the digital world or to another sector, I encourage you to do so.
Life is too short to live in a constant “what if…?”
For more information about our bootcamps in UX/UI, please click here: Ironhack.