Today, we’re excited to announce the biggest set of improvements to UX Academy since our massive revamp of the program in 2017.
Designlab is already in a class of its own when it comes to career support—but we’re now adding to that through an expanded Career Services program, portfolio panel review, and—most exciting of all—a new opportunity called Designlab Talent.
What is Designlab Talent?
Through the new Talent program, Designlab is working with hiring partners to match our best graduates with exciting job opportunities in the UX design industry and beyond. We already have over 40 hiring partners in major cities around the world.
As our Business Development lead Manuela explains in this detailed post, we’ve spent several months piloting Designlab Talent to prove that the concept works. As a result, we have some early successes to share.
For example, Vicky landed a role at Stash Wealth, an NYC FinTech company, where she’s hoping to go full-time. Belinda landed a UX Design internship at Big Spaceship in NYC.
And Edyta, a working mom, got a freelance opportunity with Lockaware, a startup, and then went on to a job at Corel, where she can work remotely. Here’s what she had to say about her current role:
I’m truly enjoying working at Corel. It’s a great opportunity. I work with smart, kind, and interesting people. I’m able to meaningfully contribute to the product. I’m growing as a designer and learning more about product design process. This is all I wanted when I started UX Academy! It’s a dream come true!
As well as opening up additional career opportunities to our graduates, Designlab Talent has already turned out to be a big win for the companies we’ve partnered with.
Here’s some feedback from Intrepid:
We have been incredibly pleased with the candidates coming out of Designlab. They have been extraordinarily well-prepared and have consistently demonstrated a high level of talent. Designlab is our preferred design bootcamp!
And from Marty at LockAware:
Our designer, Edyta, always made herself available via Slack and phone calls. She was transparent about her thought process and provided her own feedback. We actually learned so much about design hierarchy!
We’ve found that what sets Designlab’s graduates apart is their coachability. As Manuela explains, “UX Academy’s mentor-led, collaborative model encourages an open attitude that is receptive to feedback and able to act on it. That turns out to be a huge advantage when entering the industry.”
On top of that, we only put forward our best designers—graduates who’ve attained the highest rating in their portfolio panel review—for opportunities with hiring partners.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Designlab Talent and how to become a hiring partner, check out the full details here.