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Career interest in User Experience Design (or UX design for short) has skyrocketed in recent years. But what’s the best way to learn the skills you need to break into the industry? In this article, we take a look at three great reasons to choose a university accredited UX certification to help kick start your career in UX.

In line with the mass proliferation, adoption and advancement of digital technology, UX design has grown explosively over the last couple of decades. It’s a fast-moving industry; so fast that its formal education and certification has struggled to keep pace. Even today, many working professionals are pioneers in the field.

Because UX design is so broad, the barriers of entry are low, which has its advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, no matter where you’re coming from, you’ll most likely have something relevant to bring to UX design. On the negative end of the spectrum –  a key challenge is how to move from being enthusiastic about UX design to having legitimate, marketable skills that are attractive to employers.

A quick online search will throw up any number of courses claiming to provide the training required to become an expert UX designer. It begs the question, how to sort the wheat from the chaff? Well, one way to do it, is to find a UX certification that is accredited by a university, and here are 3 compelling reasons:

1. University accreditations are globally recognised

When a university accredits an educational programme, it immediately signals a high standard of quality, accountability and authenticity. It’s the most legitimate level of educational endorsement possible, and as such has worldwide recognition.

So, while there might be a ton of UX design courses out there that teach the fundamental concepts or fill in knowledge gaps not addressed through practical experience,  a university accredited course does more because it serves to immediately offer employers and employees alike, a tangible, straightforward and objective measure by which to assess or prove UX skills and knowledge.

2. A university accredited UX certification gives the best springboard to advance a  career in UX design

Regardless of sector and level of hands-on experience, an accredited UX certification will assure potential employers that you’ve studied and acquired the necessary theory and skills needed and proven to succeed.

Most importantly and at a new graduate level especially, with an up-to-date certification under your belt, you won’t waste time at work reinventing or rediscovering what you already know; meaning that your proficiency in the field will develop at a faster rate, making you more valuable to your employer.

Ultimately by choosing a university accredited UX certification, you’re giving yourself the best chances to enter and/or progress in a competitive industry.

3. You can wave bye-bye to “imposter syndrome” with a university accredited UX certification

Aside from universal recognition of quality, a university accredited UX certification will instil a sense of confidence in your abilities and skills. It proves to you (as well as others) that you’re no ‘imposter’ or accidental player; that you’ve put in the time, effort and dedication into honing your skills on your journey to becoming a UX designer.

The future of UX design is still very much open, with all the makings of an exciting and challenging career where many of the rules are yet unwritten. All the more reason to establish recognised fundamental skills and know-how that can be built on efficiently.    

Train for your Professional Diploma in UX design from the UX design Institute

If you’re looking for the best way to kickstart your career in UX design, look no further! Not only is our Professional Diploma accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University, we’ve also partnered with some of the world’s leading tech companies to make sure the course is relevant, up to date and focused on the skills and knowledge that employers are seeking.

Over six months, you’ll follow a structured course designed to follow the lifecycle of a real-life UX project – all of which will be delivered online to allow for maximum flexibility to fit around any schedule.

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