“Will I get a job at the end of it?” is the question we hear most often from prospective students enquiring about the course. That's why we're introducing a new feature to Phase 2 of UX Academy — Career Services.
It’s designed to help students transition into employment after completion. Each student is assigned their own Career Coach, who works with them to polish up their portfolio, shape job applications, and improve interview technique. As showcased in our success stories, many students completing UX Academy already land a UX design job within 6 months — and with this update, we plan to build on that success.
You can read more about how Career Services works in our detailed product update.
Group Crits and Slack
In addition to these announcements on curriculum and careers, we’re also formalising some product features that evolved during UX Academy’s first 18 months.
The first is Group Crits. Facilitated by advanced students or UX Academy graduates via Google Hangouts, these weekly sessions provide the opportunity for students to present work and get critique and feedback from fellow students. Group Crits help students learn how to think and communicate like designers, not just create design deliverables — a key part of our program outcome. And of course, it’s fun to meet fellow students and build lasting relationships.
The other is Slack, a collaboration tool for teams. It’s a place where UXA students and mentors share learning both within and between cohorts, using themed channels and group discussions. Crucial to the value of Slack is the role played by Student Advocates, who are advanced students or graduates assigned to each cohort. They are available to answer your questions and escalate issues to Designlab staff.
UX Academy: empowering you to do the work you love
With these updates, UX Academy isn’t just a place to gain technical design competence through a rigorous, relevant curriculum. It’s also a community experience that fosters soft skills, and is ultimately a portal to a new career. Priced at just $5,999, we’re also proud to offer unprecedented value to students.
If you’d like more information about how the program works, check out the new UX Academy homepage. Drop us a line at email@example.com if you’ve got any questions!