You don't need a fancy degree to succeed. In fact, a lot of folks have come here from other industries, including the arts, teaching, and service. To get your first position, you'll have to show you can do the work, so a portfolio is essential. If you don't do a formal degree program in the field, I would recommend trying a bootcamp. Then you'll at least get some familiarity with terminology.
I was an arts major in college. I worked in non-profits for about a decade, and then decided I wanted something more stable with better growth opportunities. I did a bootcamp that helped me switch careers.
Lots of meetings - some are presentations to stakeholders, and others are working sessions with my team. On my own, I build wireframes, conduct research, put together documentation. I work on multiple client projects at once, which can make things feel hectic sometimes.
I really get to learn new things constantly. Since I work at an agency, i get to meet different clients in different industries. That's super fun. I also get to stretch and strengthen different UX muscles all the time.
Pre-covid, there were lots of perks. I work in an agency, so there was free food, group outings, comfy office, flexible work-from-home, etc. I also got to travel with my team to do on-sites with a client, which was really fun. There seems to be tons of need for senior level people in this field. If you can learn quickly and work hard, I don't really think there's a limit to where you can end up.
It can be hard to get your first job, because a lot of companies are hesitant to hire junior people. Just be aware of that. If you're persistent, you'll find something, and once you get your foot in the door, you're golden.
My biggest piece of advice is to work with developers whenever you can. It's SO important to understand what they do and what they need. At the end of the day, someone has to build out your great ideas, so the more you can understand how that works, the better.