I'm considering Designation, which includes several weeks of online coursework in the basics (adobe photoshop, etc.) before the bootcamp part starts. After graduation, is someone with no experience employable? Or would I be looking for a job for years?
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Designation is the best UI/UX bootcamp in the world hands-down. I have met some of their graduates.
I would recommend studying HTML/CSS, visual design fundamentals, and exploring Photoshop and Illustrator before starting the course.
Email them and ask them for the placement statistics for people with no experience like yourself. The founder is friendly and transparent.
We have so much success with our Beach Coders Ultimate UX bootcamp in training total newbies. In our exclusive One-on-One format, we find that people gravitate towards two main areas: research or design. While focusing on their strengths, our instructors guide students through their experience of discovery. One of the key features we focus on is concepts over software. In UX, there are many software chocies and trends change constantly. So to answer the question directly it is a resounding yes that UX bootcamps are not only great for beginners, they are also a high value pathway for individuals that are not into coding. If you are good at organizing a closet or laying out a clean flyer or have a knack for thinking in sequential steps, plus a little about how people behave in general, UX could be an excellent career for you.