Completing the Object-Oriented UX Certification was intensely educational - I can absolutely say it dramatically leveled up my conceptual design skills. The step-by-step journey mapping objects, attributes, relationships and actions finally structured previously abstract ideas of putting users first.
At the same time, wow did the program require serious commitment above my regular work and life schedule! I significantly underestimated the workload tackling exercises already strained from my demanding daily responsibilities. Many late nights battling workbook fatigue taught me slowing down enough to truly transform thinking takes both immersive time and support.
My big takeaway was intricately understanding experience requisites before any screens or flows unlocks essential clarity - for colleagues, clients and users alike. It powerfully accommodates chaos. But more importantly, elegantly hints at order hiding in apparent complexity. I’m so glad I pushed through because this philosophy fundamentally empowers my work with foundational confidence and fresh perspective. However, be prepared to earn that payoff around professional and personal obligations if also working full-time!