It was a approved day at the office, and I was sitting in the common area of our open office space with my administrator at the time. We were seated around a table of food gluing squares of blooming wallpaper to those sample tiles that you get at accouterments stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It was arts and crafts day at the office, so we were making DIY coasters.

I’d been interning at Skookum, a software consulting agency, for almost two months. She and I were chatting about Mexican food for whatever reason, and she mentioned that there’s a Mexican spot near where she went to academy that has adorable tacos. We chatted briefly about other accompanying academy adventures of hers, and then in passing, she asked — “where did you go to school again?” — I’d never told her. I’d never told anyone at Skookum, actually.

Not because I was abashed or ashamed — it had simply never come up. Not once in interviews, onboarding, or casual chat — until this conversation, at least. I told her I went to business school for a little over a year then alone out to pursue a side activity full time. I explained that as the aggregation grew, it captivated so much of my time that if I wanted to take it seriously, then I needed to put school on hold. I ended up active the aggregation full time for a year and then affairs it. She smiled and said: “Look at you!”

I anticipation to myself, how have I gotten this far with no one even asking about whether I went to academy or not? I was only an intern at the time, but I would later become a full-time employee. Degrees didn’t appear to be commodity that the decision-makers cared about, which was hasty to me.

I guess I was afraid mainly because growing up; it had been accomplished into my head (mostly by agents and my friend’s parents) that the only way to get a good job was to go to college. It wasn’t that I believed them; it was just I anticipation it would be more arduous than it was and has been to build a career in design after a degree.

Colleges have historically struggled to keep up with the pace of technology. For this reason, all of the designers I know, whether they abounding academy for design or not, are self-taught in some regard. If designers had to go back to school to get a affidavit every time a new update for Sketch was released, then design and UX would beforehand at a backward pace.

But the world of design moves faster than ever. What is accordant today will be old news tomorrow. The design tool or trend people are gawking at today will be replaced with a new one in a short amount of time. The account of alive in tech is things move fast, and the only way to keep up is to be always learning.

Luckily, it’s 2019, so there are bags upon bags of online resources, articles, courses, tutorials, and agreeable accessible for free or cheap to help us keep up with the changes. With the rapid rate at which design standards change and new tools, disciplines, or best practices are introduced, it’s no wonder the majority of tech companies aren’t asking for academy degrees.

If we look at Facebook, for example, a quick skim through their job advertisement for ‘Product Designer’ shows no acknowledgment of a degree of any kind anywhere.

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