Background: i'm a designer (38yo) but the last 10 years i've been in managerial roles in creative agencies. Recently, a friend (software engineer, 25yo) and I have been working on a business (digital agency/software) on the side. I do the UX/UI - all self taught (I missed out on working as a digital designer). I feel confident in my understanding and application of UX/UI, but my knowledge of Sketch is quite basic (I get by).
I've just been made redundant so figured now is the time to try worm my way into a tech company as a project/account manager and learn more about the industry. I had little expectation my skillset/age could afford anything else in a tech company.
I sent my CV to 20 of the biggest tech companies in my city. I had some encouraging replies - great experience they could use, but no openings currently.
I got a coffee invite from one, who I met with. They explained to me they liked my experience as I was older, can be client-facing, can give creative direction, with a strong interest in UX and design research. They have a disconnect between their engineers and project managers, where UX is the casualty - there's no design/creative thinking happening, no designers at all - which is where they think I come in.
I was honest with them and reiterated my non tech background, and that they could hire someone with strong UX//UI experience very easily. The response to this was that they're more interested that I would bridge the client/engineers/project managers gap and they can hire a design team and build processes around me.
They've given me a mock brief to develop the UX/UI solution for, which I need to present to the CEO and others to progress further. I know I can do this, but my concern is, if I do get a job in this company, seemingly as a design manager/business analyst hybrid (their words) with a team of UX/UI designers, my lack of experience in this industry and UX/UI will quickly be found out by those under me, or that I will be so wildly unqualified that I will fail.
I have no perspective on this. I don't know if this is something that happens, or if I'm being given an incredible opportunity that I have no right to. Am I just going to be some inept manager that everyone hates? Or am I catastrophising?