Can I return to design after 9 years?
I'm 39 and I used to be a freelance Graphic Designer/Artworker/Mac Operator about 10 years ago and was finding it hard to find work. I chose to take a normal non creative job to allow me to pay the bills. I stayed in that job 9 years and always regretted it. I wish to get back into some kind of design role again and am wondering should I go back to study? Maybe a HND or even a Degree? I'm educated to HNC level in Visual Communication and HND in Illustration, but always felt like I had missed out on some key elements of Graphic Design by not continuing with an HND.
I'm actually also really interested in UX Design as I had some exposure to it in my previous job but nothing too in depth. I have no knowledge of web design at the moment either, but am keen to remedy that via online couses provided by Lynda.com etc. I'd really like to pursue UX Design as a new career path as it resonates with me in terms of the design and psychology aspects of the subject.
I guess what I'm after is confidence in my abilities, be that in Graphic Design or UX Design. So should I study Graphic Design to further the knowledge I already have or just pursue something new which incorporates that knowledge?
Either way it would be great to know of the most rated online/distance learning course for either.