How You’re Supported as an Enrolled Boot Camp Student:
- Career Materials – Unlimited feedback on professional materials to help you become employer-ready.
- Career Coaching – Quality coaching, strategies, and resources to help you become employer-ready.
- Career Events and Workshops – We conduct ongoing behavioral and field-specific workshops, as well as engagement opportunities with industry professionals to help you become employer-ready. Check out our upcoming Career Connections!
- Referrals – Once your materials are industry-backed and approved, you are eligible for referrals with industry to network through the relationships we’ve built and increase your visibility.
Career Material Submissions:
- Intro and Career Goals: Here you will find a brief introduction to the career services support offered to reach your career goals and become Employer-Ready. You will also utilize resources to research target roles based on your background, interests, and skills.
- Get Started: You will develop an industry-backed resume or CV, and submit it to your coursework LMS for feedback. Remember to submit an intake form to initiate career services support here if you’d like a more personalized review experience.
- Personal Brand and LinkedIn: Review a professional brand statement that you can use for a variety of purposes including creating and/or polishing your LinkedIn profile to submit for feedback.
- Online Presence: You will update your career materials to meet industry-backed standards and submit links in your coursework LMS for feedback.
- Job Search and Networking: For this career submission, you will implement previous feedback in your career materials. In addition, identify best practices for networking and how to successfully prepare for the interview process.
- Get Hired: You will schedule a 1:1 with your career coach while implementing previous feedback in your career materials. You may re-submit career materials for a final review via your coursework LMS. Once you’re approved, you will be Employer-Ready!
Employer-Ready means that you have the industry-backed materials to give yourself the best chance to secure your desired job. Your job search materials are excellent, you are well-prepared for interviews, and you are pro-actively seeking and pursuing the jobs that you want with multiple networking strategies.
- Create a Professional CV or Resume with the Resume Guide: UX/UI Design
- Polish Your Portfolio with the Portfolio Guide: UX/UI Design
- Create a LinkedIn Profile with the LinkedIn Guide: UX/UI
Employer-Ready Criteria by Persona
- Employer-Ready Criteria for UX/UI: Career Starter
- Employer-Ready Criteria for UX/UI: Career Switcher
- Employer-Ready Criteria for UX/UI: Career Advancer
Polish Your Portfolio, Invision Prototype, Behance | Create a Professional Blog
- Portfolio (Behance.net, Website, or other) with 3+ projects detailing your UX/UI design process.
- Deployed projects – links to working Invision prototypes.
- Display process and experimentation on Portfolio, Website, or Professional Blog.
- Use attention-grabbing, user-centered templates, customized to add your personality and design thinking.
- Link a PDF of your CV or resume to your site.
- Make Behance or a portfolio website with UX/UI portfolio accessible.
- Contribute to UX/UI Open Source Projects.
- Write UX/UI centric content via Professional Blog: Medium.com, Quora.com, Linkedin Articles, UX/UI centric community.
- Publish and share most recent work on social media (LinkedIn etc.).
Build Your Visibility
- Attend all employer-facing events organized by the program.
- Attend 1-2 local Meetups, Eventbrite events per week, make 2-3 solid connections per event.
- Create business cards to hand out, include desired title, links to Portfolio, LinkedIn, and a QR code to scan for your CV or resume.
- Attend Local Service Jams, and UX/UI volunteer opportunities.
- Become a member of AIGA / UXPA / IxDA or other UX/UI member society.
- Reach out to your entire network to let them know what types of roles you’re looking for.
- Use Quora, Twitter, Meetup, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, Angel.co and Angellist.co to connect with 5 UX/UI leaders/decision makers weekly during the program and throughout the job search.
- Conduct 3+ informational interviews per week with industry leaders or decision makers connected above.
- Follow desired companies and industry leaders on social media.
Prepare for a Successful Interview
- Complete interview stories worksheet prior to a behavioral interview session.
- Attend a behavioral interview session.
- Research common behavioral interview questions, write answers, practice until your answers flow.
- Schedule a 1:1 mock behavioral interview with your career coach.
- Attend a technical interview session.
- Attend TA office hours for 1:1 technical interview support / practice.
Apply to Jobs
- Apply to at least 10 jobs per week.
- Set up email notifications for your common keyword searches from job boards.
- Share application status with career coach so he/she can leverage possible employer relationships or alumni connections
- Follow up on all applications within 1 week.
Improve Your Skills
- Strengthen UX/UI skills with websites like DailyUI and CodeSignals.
- Improve UI prototyping and Interaction animation via building experiments and sharing gifs.
- Take courses online, targeting interaction design software: principle of Mac, UXpin, and other detailed systems prototyping.
- Offer to build websites or meet design needs for friends/family members. Ask them to write testimonials on your portfolio / LinkedIn.
- Build a solo project – create an MVP to showcase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What does it mean to be a Starter, Switcher, or Advancer persona?
Answer: Many job-seekers identify as one persona while others may identify with more than one. The basic definitions are below:
STARTERS: Establishing a professional identity with little to no prior experience.
SWITCHERS: Rebranding to align professional identity with new aspirations or industry pursuit.
ADVANCERS: Positioning for growth or upward mobility.
Cover Letter and Interview Prep
Question: Where can I find resume and cover letter templates?
Answer: You can access Tools and Resources on the Career Engagement Network.
Question: Can you assist me with my cover letter when I apply for jobs? Can I send you job descriptions to see if you think they are a good fit for me?
Answer: Once your materials are industry-backed and approved, you can work with your Career Coach on questions related to the job search. This includes reviewing job postings and tailoring cover letters for specific job applications.
Question: Can we set up a practice interview?
Answer: Once you are Employer-Ready, your Career Coach will be able to assist you with interview preparation and practice.