Mentors and tutors
At CareerFoundry, the principles of UX design permeate everything we do.
Our aim is to become the most student-centric educational company on the planet. To achieve this, we strive to innovate within the field of edtech while remaining hyper-responsive to your feedback.
The way we approach mentorship is a perfect example of this. When we started out back in 2014, our mentorship model was very similar to that of other online bootcamps and academies — 1 mentor to 1 student. We quickly realised, however, that this simply wasn’t enough.
Our students needed a mixture of quick, regular feedback on their smaller exercise submissions and more detailed, in-depth feedback on their significant portfolio pieces. To accommodate our students’ needs, we split the role into two: the mentor and the tutor.
So what’s the difference?
A mentor is a senior UI designer with extensive, industry-shaping experience. Your mentor will conduct a video review of each portfolio piece you submit. Portfolio pieces go towards your professional UI portfolio, so this feedback is invaluable.
A tutor is a course expert who is there to answer your questions on a day-to-day basis, and provide actionable feedback on your tasks within 24 hours.
This dual approach transformed our students’ results, and we haven’t looked back since.
Meet a mentor
"I am a freelance graphic designer specializing in UI Design and my experience over the last 18 years includes creating and pitching digital RFPs in the publishing industry at digital ventures Yahoo!, outdoor advertising business Primesight, and more recently The London Evening Standard and The Independent.
My experience in the advertising industry has taught me to think creatively across print, digital, outdoor and radio so that audiences visually understand brands and engage with them effectively. I really love getting stuck into a design brief and have a particular fondness for typographic design and color application and am always up for a good crit. session!"
Mentor Advisory Board
Our mentors receive comprehensive onboarding and coaching on how to mentor. Students are also encouraged to give regular feedback on their mentors and tutors throughout the program. This combination of feedback and coaching helps us to continually improve the quality of our mentoring. That’s why our UI mentors are rated 4.9/5 from over 4000 individual student reviews.
Job preparation and coaching
The Job Preparation course is included for free with your UI Design Program and has been designed to help you with all aspects of finding a new job. Once you’ve opted into the Job Prep course, you’ll be assigned a career specialist. They will evaluate your job applications, help you strategize your job search, provide further advice on interview preparation, and help you to refine your LinkedIn profile and networking strategy.
The Job Preparation Course and your career specialist will help you with:
- Developing a convincing narrative about your career change
- Building a resumé and refining your portfolio to reflect your new skills
- How to talk about CareerFoundry
- How to optimize your LinkedIn profile
- How to search for relevant jobs
- How to write cover letters
- How to network
- How to plan for professional development
Even once you’ve found a job, the Career Services Team is happy to provide you with support throughout your transition to your new career.
Our UI Design Program was created following extensive research into the job market and an in-depth survey of industry professionals. The program is structured around the key skills you will need to succeed as a UI designer.
Rather than relying on third-party content, our curriculum is created exclusively in-house. We have a dedicated team of instructional designers and editors working in collaboration with leading UI designers who have experience from tech giants, such as Apple and Hewlett-Packard. Finally, the program is structured by instructional designers from Harvard and Berkeley (also part of our in-house team) to ensure the best possible learning experience.
The program is constantly updated to ensure it teaches the most relevant skills that employers are looking for.
Flexibility with accountability
We designed the program to be flexible and accommodate different schedules. It typically takes students 9 months to complete the program at a pace of 15 hours per week, or 4-5 months at a pace of 30 hours per week. Of course, you can do anything in between—or even try to progress faster. The program is entirely online and there are no fixed times when you have to be present, so you can plan the time you dedicate to studying around other commitments—whether that be looking after your kids, going to your day job, or catching up with friends and family.
With your four-person team supporting you and our active UI community of fellow students and graduates, you’ll never feel alone or stuck. Your mentor, tutor, and student advisor will encourage you to submit exercises consistently so that you stay on track and celebrate every step you take towards becoming a UI designer.
Graduates with great jobs
High mentor ratings
Our UI design mentors are rated 4.95/5 based on feedback from over 9,000 individual student reviews.
Successful job placement
The majority of our students join a CareerFoundry program to make a full career change into tech. We're proud that over 90% of our eligible graduates land a job within their new field after they've completed their program.
Work at top companies
Our graduates have gotten UI designer jobs all over the world, often at top companies or interesting agencies and startups.
Our graduates now have tech jobs at companies all over the world:
“After finishing the course, the next step was to start applying for new jobs. Polishing the portfolio is the last task of the course, so it was ready to be presented to recruiters. Thanks to the CareerFoundry community, I got a job in about one month - especially thanks to Danielle Sander, who helped me a lot in the process, giving me extra advice.”
"I am super grateful to CareerFoundry. I am positive that it was why I was hired for the job even though I had no previous experience in the field."
Find out if CareerFoundry is for you
- How you can go from beginner to a designer or developer with a job you love
- What the tech job market is like in your area and the salary you can expect
- If UX design, UI design, data analytics or web development is the best fit for you based on your background and interests
Don’t worry—you won’t be pressured into making a commitment. The goal is to ensure you make a fully informed decision.
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