Meet Desiree Jackson: Georgia Tech UX/UI Boot Camp Graduate
What led you to enroll in the Georgia Tech UX/UI Boot Camp?
What led me to the UX/UI boot camp at Georgia Tech was my background in graphic design. I studied graphic design in college and worked as a graphic designer through my college years, and have done some freelance stuff since then. I have been a pre-K teacher since moving to Georgia and while I love what I do, teacher burnout is very real.
I knew I wanted to get back to my artist roots and after many hours of researching the market and the opportunities available, I decided on UX because it’s a growing market but it’s also something everyone needs. There are many job openings for it and therefore [it] will (hopefully) not be impossible to land a job. The pay increase will be great too.
Why did you choose the Georgia Tech boot camp specifically?
I specifically chose Georgia Tech for my boot camp because:
- It was in-person. I avoid online learning if I can because it’s very easy to get lost in a program that is all online. I knew going to class 3 times a week was going to be ROUGH with a full-time job and a (just turned) 1-year old, but I knew showing up to class every time would help keep me accountable.
- Anything [from] Georgia Tech looks amazing on a resume!
- I knew that having teachers and classmates that you meet in person creates a much more close-knit group of people and I know those connections are invaluable in the professional world.
- I loved that GT’s [boot camp] offered UX and UI, as opposed to just UX!
I started this boot camp with a 6-month old…I ended it with a 1-year old. How I balanced teacher life, mom life, and boot camp [learner] life is truly all because of the help of my teachers and classmates.
(Photo below: Desiree’s UX/UI class with Instructor Holly Reynolds)