Are UX design certification programs seen as worthwhile by employers? Worthwhile enough to spend $4,000 and a year of my life to try to transition from content strategist/editor/creator to UX design work?
I'm a content editor/creator and social media manager who is heading into more of a strategist role, and I have a strong interest in organizing web content -- navigation, site structure, etc. My strong point is words, not visual design. I have some past work experience doing a bit of UX and have been exposed to this world through consultants working with my places of employments, but not enough to make an actual transition into a user experience design role.
At this point, a master's program is too much money and time. (I have a Bachelor's in English.) The transition would be incredibly slow. But I did find a UX Design certificate program (Cal State Fullerton
, and I know there are others), that costs about $4,000 and would take a year. I see this as adding a really big new skill to my bag of other tricks.
Are these certificate programs worthwhile? Do employers see them as professionals taking the initiative to learn extra skills, or are they the equivalent of wasting your time at a nonimpressive trade school instead of getting a bachelor's or master's? I can't seem to find an answer either way. Thank you for any info.