Advice for an aspiring UX designer?

Hello!

Very excited to find this community and conversation. After working in the mental health field with adolescent boys struggling with technology addiction, I have decided to pursue a career in UX design with the intention of working on and towards a future of healthy technology. It seems the most logical route is to sign up for one of these boot camps.

I’m wondering if anyone here knows if there are any UX boot camps that teach specifically towards humane tech? Open to any and all advice on how to shape a career in UX with humane tech as the focus.

Thank you all!
Cullom

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Someone looking for people like you

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Hi! I’m also in the same boat. I’ve been interested in UX for a while but was a bit weary about how it can currently be used. What bootcamp did you decide on?

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Actually decided against a boot camp (for now), going to try and see if I can learn as much just from free/cheap online classes. Someone complied a list of courses to give a try here:

It seems possible to learn the skill without a boot camp, if self-motivated. Let me know what you end up deciding on! cullom.cahill@gmail.com

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Awesome, great resource! I haven’t decided if I will do a bootcamp yet either but am leaning towards learning whatever I can first

Hi all,

Happy to see this thread in this community. I’m now working as a UX designer with a Psychology background. Mental health has always been my top issue. If you are interested in learning UX, I’ll suggest to take some online course and keep communicating with people who work as UX designer. It is helpful for you to learn the UX mindset.
I’m now in IEEE community as well, and would love to share your the information about 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (https://technologyandsociety.org/event/ieee-istas-2019-boston-15-16-november/). It is going to happen in November in Boston, if you are able to make it. I believe it is the best path for you towards the core of UX and ethical issues.
And of course your can connect me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/hsinjou2) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hsin-jou-lin-65322a13b/). I’ll be happy to share you my story about working as a UX designer.

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Very interesting! I’ll keep the conference in mind as a possibility! I would love to chat with you more about your story. I’ll drop you a line on linked in.

I would strongly recommend Amber Case’s book “Calm Technology: Principles and Patterns for Non-Intrusive Design”. She also has a video course on O’Reilly for members of their learning platform. You can sign up for a trial period. There is no need to inform your credit card number. I wish you the best on your journey!

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