Career Services is a follow-on program, included in the price of UX Academy, which provides extra help to our graduates as they enter a competitive UX/UI design job market.
Our mission at Designlab is to empower driven, creative people to do the work they love. And when it comes to Career Services, that means providing you with the resources you needed to elevate yourself as a candidate for the positions you’re applying for.
Entering the job market can be stressful, no matter how much experience you have. If you’re new to a field, landing that first job is even more daunting. Having support and guidance from experienced industry professionals during this process can be helpful both practically and emotionally, and it often shortens the duration of the job search.
However, the truth is that even with the help of a Career Coach, the job search can still be frustrating, time-consuming, and fraught with challenges. Skills that you have already acquired may decay without ongoing practice, and you may also need to work on new skills to meet the requirements of the recruitment process.
Over the past 6 months, we’ve worked to identify the challenges frequently met by those entering the UX/UI job market for the first time, and research in depth what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in candidates. This has helped us to shape a comprehensive Career Services curriculum that offers the right support to those graduating from UX Academy and beginning the job search.
Read on to find out the full story of Career Services, and the improvements now live on the platform!
The Story of Career Services
Career Services was first launched in 2017, and we subsequently released a v2 update in March 2019. That was the first time we introduced a week-by-week curriculum, progress reports, job application roadmaps, and lots more new features.
However, our graduate community let us know about a number of pain points in the v2 Career Services experience. These included manual job application tracking, which was clunky and time consuming, and a feeling that there weren’t enough Career Coach sessions available to provide the support that graduates needed.
Also, from the perspective of Designlab HQ, we lacked adequately robust insights into job search activity and outcome data—both of which are essential for us to know whether our product is getting the results our students and graduates rightly expect.
Based on the pain points described above, we identified the following central goals for our next iteration of Career Services:
Offer graduates more support from our world-class Career Coaches
Provide extra curriculum and resources to help graduates make ongoing improvements to their portfolios and resumes during the job hunt
Make it easier for students to organize their job applications
Improve and enhance our data collection on graduates’ progress in the job hunt, and on job outcomes
Overall, we are also constantly aiming to increase our key outcome metric: the number of graduates hired within 6 months of graduation. If you’re curious about these numbers, stay tuned for some in-depth reports coming later this year.