How to land a career in UI/UX design with no previous experience

UI/UX Design Career Track

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UI/UX designer is quickly becoming one of the most popular job titles in the tech industry. Being a UI/UX designer is challenging and interesting at the same time because the UI/UX designer’s job is all about creating products that people love. The demand for UI/UX designers is high — the industry leaders know that design is a substantial competitive advantage, and they fight for the best talents. As a result, “UI/UX designer” not only became one of the most interesting job titles available on the market today but also one of the most rewarding (well-paid).

Right now, there are a lot of people trying to enter the UI/UX design field. However, if you’re trying to land a UI/UX designer job, even an entry-level one, with little to no experience in the field, you are going to have a tough time. Being a UX designer requires an impressive mix of creative, technical, and social skills. And getting all the necessary skills will take time. Generally, the less relevant experience you have, the more time the transition will take.

So how do you land UI/UX design without having any relevant experience under your belt? Fortunately, Springboard offers a course specifically for this case — UI/UX Design Career Track.

The UI/UX Design Career Track is a course specially designed to train you on job-ready UI/UX skills. You will get both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You will learn core design principles, tools, and best practices. You will work on four projects covering different areas of design (something that you will undoubtedly do as UI/UX designer). By the end of this course, you’ll have a complete UI/UX skill set to succeed in any design role.

Do I need to have a specific background to join this course? The answer is no. All backgrounds are welcome. The UI/UX Career Track is for people who demonstrate strong visual, creativity and communication skills. If you’re one of them, feel free to join the course.

UI/UX Design Career Track is a fully online course that has a flexible pace so that you can study anytime, anywhere, even if you have a full-time job

Springboard team believes that diverse perspectives lead to better learning outcomes and it proves that in UI/UX Design Career Track. The course’s syllabus consists of modules and each module features a combination of materials, including resources that teach crucial theory, design exercises, and career-related coursework. Here are some of the modules:

  • Foundations of Design. You will learn foundational principles of design and design techniques such as design thinking. You will have a mindset required to create effective user experiences.
  • User research. You will learn how to conduct research to understand the problem space.
  • Design, Ideation, and Information architecture. You will learn how to use information architecture best practices to figure out how your user will move through and interact with your product.
  • Foundations of UI design. You will learn visual design principles, as well as build a solid understanding of UI patterns, style guides, and platform design conventions.
  • Sketching and wireframing. You will learn sketching principles and wireframing techniques. Not only you will be able to create a design, but you also will know how to test it (Guerilla testing).
  • High-fidelity design. You will learn interaction patterns as well as you will get familiar with some basic animation tools.
  • Prototyping. You’ll learn how to build a clickable prototype, set up and facilitate usability test sessions, and synthesize your findings to determine if you need to redesign your prototype.
  • Communication best practices. You will learn how to communicate with developers, team members, clients, and other project stakeholders, so being able to collaborate and be a team player.
  • Special skills. This course goes beyond the basics of UI/UX design and takes on some of the specialized skills that hiring managers find highly valuable (i.e. best practices and solutions for eCommerce). You’ll use these specialized skills to show off your knowledge and experience with the latest trends in UX and UI design.

Additionally, you can sign up for Career Components and (or) Building Portfolio modules. The later is highly recommended because a good portfolio will allow you to showcase your skills and demonstrate your expertise to potential employers.

1. End-to-end projects

Your future employers will want to know your problem-solving skills. And the best way to demonstrate your problem-solving skills is to show the projects you’ve worked on. Lack of real-world projects is one of the problems that almost all people face when then switch to UI/UX design. But with the UI/UX Design Career Track, you won’t need to worry about that because Springboard will get you covered.

While working through this course, you will complete four projects that you can showcase in your design portfolio: three end-to-end projects (two Capstone projects and a Design Sprint project) and an Industry Design Project.

These projects are an integral part of the curriculum that will allow you to apply all of the skills you develop while working through the course.

2. Mentor-matching process

Finding a mentor is one of the most important parts of your design career journey. A mentor is someone who has worked as a UI/UX Designer for a long time and s/he can be your source of knowledge. Finding a mentor in the real world isn’t a simple task — usually, you need to become a part of the design community first and build a relationship with a person. While it’s not an impossible task, it takes time.

Springboard understands the importance of finding a mentor and is happy to help their students. Once you enroll, you will be asked to fill out a profile. The profile includes questions about your background, the skills you want to develop and your availability during the week. Based on this information, Springboard will find you a mentor who suits your specific needs.

Students have 1-on-1 calls with their mentor each week. Mentors provide feedback on projects, answer questions about the curriculum, and give students career advice and industry insight.

1-on-1 calls with mentors

3. Active community

Interpersonal connections are an essential part of the education process. When we interact with other people, we feel a sense of connection, and this feeling can influence our mood and education progress. Some people believe that online education can exacerbate feelings of loneliness because studying remotely eliminates face-to-face communication. But if you are UI/UX Design Career Track student, you don’t need to worry about that.

With Springboard, you will have a whole learning community alongside you. Springboard offers a dedicated person — community manager — who can answer questions about the curriculum and UI/UX industry. And if you want to meet with other people face-to-face, you can attend weekly live Office Hours.

4. Career services

In addition to learning about UI/UX, you’ll also work through sections of the curriculum that cover career material that will guide you through your job search.

Springboard team also has a special team member — career coach — who will help you during your job hunt and can give you tips about how to network, create a strong CV, and more.

5. Job guarantee

Springboard guarantees that you’ll have a job offer within six months of graduating, or you can get 100% of your tuition refunded.

If you choose to pay for your course upfront, the total cost is $8,200. You can save 18% this way (!). Alternatively, you can choose to defer tuition cost and only start your payments when you get a job! Do this from $875 per month. Another option? Pay month to month from $1099 per month.

Most students complete the course in 9 months (~700 hours) if they dedicate 15 to 20 hours of work per week. But you can complete the course in less or more time — you pay only for the months you’re enrolled.

Springboard is open for applications at any time. They have monthly cohorts with each new cohort starting on the first week of each month.
Ready to start your UI / UX journey? Apply now and as a UX Planet reader you receive $750 off tuition costs with the code: UXPLANET750

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