How Springboard helps you land your first job in UX design
A lot of people are interested in getting into the field of user experience. When you’re starting in UX, you can feel lost and unsure of how to approach things. All too many things you need to learn and try. It’s relatively easy to be completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information and work you need to do.
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For whom is UX Career Track designed?
If you’re looking to learn how people use products, what problems they face and how to design smooth user journeys, UX Career Track is for you.
What you will learn
UX Career Track will give you an overview of what UX design is and help you develop skills in specific areas of such as Design Thinking, User Research, Sketching and Prototyping. You will go deeper into the foundational principles of the UX Design process and learn the psychology of UX, emotional design, persuasive design.
The UX Career Track also has 120+ hours of practical experience. You will have hands-on experience with tools like Sketch, inVision, Figma, Zeplin and Adobe suite.
How you will learn it
UX Career Track is an online bootcamp. You will be learning one-on-one with a mentor. The online format offers great flexibility and the ability to learn from absolutely anywhere. Generally, UX Career Track will take six months to finish (20 hours per week) but if you decide to dedicate more time in a week, you can finish it quicker. The most important is to learn at a comfortable pace.
How much it cost
The tuition costs $4,900 (if you pay upfront). It is significantly less money than you will spend at a traditional university or design school.
Before joining UX Career Track, you probably want to know what you will have and what will be the outcome after graduating.
1. Curated curriculum
Similar to any other project, learning UX design requires preparation and planning. You need to create a clear plan with a list of actions and target dates. But creating such a plan can be hard — you need to prioritize a lot of different activities. Also, you will need to track and measure your progress. Without support, this can be extremely challenging, especially if you lack the experience. Since you will take a huge amount of effort to learn all things, it can easily lead to burnout.
It’s much easier to have a curriculum that breaks down what you need to learn within the world of UX created by the industry professionals. When working on curriculum, Springboard mentors divide everything into small achievable steps, so you don’t need to figure out what you needed to focus on first. Since education is career-focused, the model is very industry-first. And, speaking of mentors, Springboard has industry experts and UX influencers like Christine from chunbuns, Alexa from Hello, I’m Alexa, and Jamal Nichols as mentors.
2. Real-world projects
For many people who are just starting in UX design, it can be challenging to put the skills they learn into practice. Failing to find a suitable real-word project, many people switch on solving generic challenges (such as Daily-UI challenges) and fill their portfolios with generic case studies. A portfolio plays a key role in the process of employment. Hiring managers or potential clients will decide whether or not to start a conversation with a designer based on the quality of her portfolio. And when hiring managers see such cookie-cutter portfolios, they understand that a person does not have real-world experience.
One of the things that make UX Career Track great is the fact that it offers real-world experience type projects that you’ll do to complete the course. Springboard’s Industry Design Project (IDP) is a cornerstone of the UX Career Track. Springboard partners with companies who are looking for UX-related help and turns it into a project. IDP acts as a bridge between learning and working. This project matches students with companies in need of UX help. All of Springboard’s students complete a 40-hour project that solves a real business problem.
Working on real-world projects will help you learn a few important things:
- Apply your knowledge to a particular area of design
- Get hands-on experience with tools.
- Create a unique portfolio that distinguishes yourself from other candidates
While you complete your projects, you’re under the wing of a seasoned designer. You will have regular 1-to-1 meetings with your mentor, where you will present your work or discuss problems that you face during education. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to showcase real-world work that’s unique to you.
3. Personalized career services
Finding your first job in the field of UX design can be challenging. Since you don’t have any previous experience in the field, many companies will decide to hire a person who has at least a year of practical experience.
Unlike many other UX bootcamps that says ‘99% of our students get a job’ but does not guarantee you a job, UX Career Track either get you a job within 6 months of your graduating or refund your tuition.
By participating in the UX Career Track, you not only develop new skills, but you also get new valuable contacts. A strong community of fellow students and your personal mentor will help you reach your career goals.
Springboard is confident in this program and 100% sure that it will benefit it’s participants — if you don’t land a job after graduation, Springboard will refund your money.
Enrolling to UX Career Track is a great first step in your journey as a UX designer. When your program is over, continue to refine your skills and make your design process more efficient. Always be learning