Don’t forget the soft skills
I think one of the misconceptions with online learning is that it can give you everything you need, but you shouldn’t overlook the soft skills required for a job. As a designer, for example, knowing your craft is one thing, but you will also have to work in teams, so collaboration and communication are key.
Identify someone you can talk to about your progress
It’s a good idea to find someone you can check in with – possibly on more formal terms, as a mentor. This means you can ask for help, advice and feedback from someone who has been through a similar journey. As Dan advises, “Speak to people who are doing what you want to do, and build some real excitement for where you could be.”
It’s also essential to learn to receive criticism and practice talking about your work in an eloquent, concise and confident way. Mentor schemes or industry communities can be great for this (among many others, I recommend YSYS, a supportive network of makers from minority backgrounds working in the tech industry).
And finally, as Dan adds: “Get someone or something to hold you accountable!”
Find Dan and Neef on Twitter. ustwo Adventure is part of ustwo, one of our brand partners; you can find out more about their great work here.