One of the unique features of the CareerFoundry experience is our mentor community - we work with a wide variety of mentors in iOS development, web development, UX design and UI design, from all over the globe.
In order to increase the visibility of our wonderful mentors and give you the chance to get to know them even better, we have created Mentor Spotlights. In today’s spotlight, we introduce Jeremy Schweitzer, a Senior UX Designer.
Helping people learn is just really fun… I feel like I’m giving back to the UX community, which I’m sure will thrive for many years to come.
Where research meets design
Jeremy lives in the US state of Ohio, and though originally from the northeast of the state, he now lives in Cleveland. He began his career as a visual designer, which quickly led him into UX design as the fields evolved:
A few years into my career, UX started to evolve as an industry and I fell in love with the combination of research and design.
UX design is gaining a reputation worldwide for its good work-life balance, and Jeremy values this too. Besides mentoring at CareerFoundry, he works at a software company in Silicon Valley, and keeps himself busy with several ‘nerdy hobbies.’ These include painting miniatures, learning how to use his camera, and playing games with friends.
“I started out in visual and web design and switched to UX because I loved the research and human aspect. One of the best things about UX design is that it’s a very broad subject, so a day for one designer could be vastly different from another.”
Mentoring with CareerFoundry
Though CareerFoundry is Jeremy’s first experience with online education, he feels that it works well overall - with the following caveat - what you obtain from an online education proportional to what you are willing to invest.
Students get out of it what they put in, so a certain amount of determination is needed.
He heard about the opportunity to become a UX design mentor through a friend. “A friend in the UX industry had a great experience with mentoring, and I decided to give it a try. It’s been even more rewarding that I anticipated, and I like the feeling that I am giving back to the industry I love.”
Jeremy provides prospective and current students the following advice on how to properly invest in the UX course: “Read as much as you can from respected sources. Sites like NNGroup or Smashing Magazine have so much great content now, that reading their articles from the past several years is a great way to kickstart your learning. Other than that, be on top of continually learning as our industry evolves, and look to peers for inspiration and feedback as much as you can!”
Students encounter a variety of challenges when embarking on a new career, but Jeremy believes the biggest difficulty is having the determination to finish the course - having the willpower and focus to manage your own work and time.
Many of these exercises can take a lot of time to finish, but they are very rewarding.
Part of Jeremy’s task is to motivate and push students along the journey, to convince them not to give up. He argues that it’s worth the time you put in, to start working in a great career: UX awaits you - and a lifetime in a job you love is worth it!
The future of UX
We asked Jeremy what he is most excited about in the tech industry right now, and his answer reflects the quick-paced, innovative field.
I just love how fast everything changes, it seems like something cool and new is always around the corner. It’s great to feel like you’re on the edge of that kind of technology, and UX professionals definitely are.
Though Jeremy has worked on several projects and in a variety of areas, he is most proud of the knowledge he has been able to pass forward. “I’ve worked on a ton of projects for a ton of clients, and I’m proud of all of them. What’s been most rewarding for me though is training new UX designers, either on the job or through CareerFoundry. That’s my favorite thing that I’ve accomplished so far!”
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