A UX newbie looking for some advice!

Hello all! My first post here :slight_smile:

My name is Claire. I’m fairly new to this field (I came from a background in electrical engineering), but I will be starting my masters studies in human-centered design this fall to pursue a career in UX design.

Since there are still about six months left until school starts, I want to take online classes to learn some technical skills that can be beneficial for my studies. Ones seem to be mentioned often are front-end development languages such as HTML/CSS/JavaScript. I don’t have a lot of coding experience, and was wondering which one of them would be the best to learn first? Any insights on useful technical skills to learn for UX design are much appreciated!

One of my goals is to also build my first design portfolio and to be able to apply for internships. Personally I learn much better with structure, so I’m hoping to find an online UX certification program that I can complete in six months studying part-time. If anyone have experience with UX certification programs, can you please share some recommendations?

Thank you in advance!


Hi Claire,

For general web development learning, my go-to resource is https://www.freecodecamp.org/. Their “Responsive Web Design” certificate is a great starting point. And it’s completely free!

For the UX online course, again I’d pick a free curriculum to start with: https://www.topuxschool.com/program/mooc. Since you will start your Master’s program soon, I don’t see much reason to invest even more $$ given that there are already lots of free resources available.

Enjoy learning UX!

Hi Kaiting,

Sorry it took me a while to get to your response xP I really appreciate it! I’ll be sure to check out those resources.



Which university you have applied for?