"...get a realistic idea about the industry and whether my personality and skillets would fit well."
Well, my skillets are cast iron, enameled cast iron, all clad, cuisinart... OH!! I think you meant skills... SKILLS Sorry, couldn't resist. :->
This is a tough question to answer. I personally went to grad school & got the MS in UXD, BUT... that still doesn't mean the tech industry will take you seriously. You need to have a portfolio of work that shows the process, not just the end result. This will give everyone an idea of how you approach things. And that is more likely to land you into places with 'common' minds.
I currently work in an environment that isn't UX savvy. This is difficult, and requires a LOT of 'sales' ability and diplomacy. :-z As a co-worker of mine just said to me: "you've won the battle, but you might not win the war." This is NOT for the faint of heart. IF you can procure a job in an environment where UX is already established, this will give you a good base of support, and you will learn a LOT. Aim for those types of positions. It's a really good start.