2. Introducing Career Services
Think of Career Services as “Phase 3” of UX Academy. Its purpose is to offer the support and guidance you need to land your first design job after completing the course. Job hunting can seem like a complicated process, and our goal is for Career Services provide you with structure and practical advice.
After you finish Phase 2 of UXA and complete your exit interview, we’ll put you in touch with a 1-on-1 Career Coach. Acting as a mentor for your job search, they will help with things like:
- Improving your portfolio, resume, and cover letters
- Focusing the job search by identifying types of role that suit your skillset
- Developing interview technique by preparing strong stories about yourself, your background, and the work you’ve done
- Handling job offers and managing negotiations about salary and conditions
When you first meet your Career Coach, you’ll touch base about your skills, talk about your near-term and long-term goals, and work together to devise a plan of attack for the weeks ahead. Whether you’re already being invited to interviews, or are just getting started with the job search, you’ll agree on a strategy, and set a timeline for further checkins.
During our piloting of Career Services, committed students have typically been hired within 3 months of starting work with their Career Coach. We’re excited to announce that all UX Academy students will now receive 3 months of Career Coaching, with up to 2 sessions per month.
Here’s an outline of how sessions typically work during Career Services:
- Phase 1: Career goals
Students must be clear on their short term goals. Coaches will help clarify those goals and set a realistic short term objective.
- Phase 2: Job search prep
Produce a resume, portfolio and social profiles that position the student for their target role. The coach and student will work together to form a strategy to best frame their experience and skills.
- Phase 3: Job search plan
The coach and student will put together a strategy for finding their ideal job. Typically, this involves moving forward on multiple fronts: applying directly, utilizing the staffing industry and working their network.
- Phase 4: Interview prep
While actively applying for jobs, students will prep for the hiring process with their coach. Together they will practice interview questions, present their portfolio and complete design challenges.
- Phase 5: Career success
When starting a new role, there is a mixture of excitement and nerves. The Career Coach will help students plan for success in their new job, continuous development of their skills, and ensure they’re preparing for their next step in the future.
3. How Career Services is already helping students
Here’s what students have to say about the Career Coaching process:
“When I first started the job search it started getting a bit daunting just because I wasn’t getting any callbacks. However, once January came along all the work I put into iterating my resume, LinkedIn, and portfolio with my coach really paid off. I’m still getting callbacks now! When it comes to the job search it really depends on the person, in my opinion. Working really closely with my coach in the beginning and scheduling 2-3 sessions a week really helped me to expedite the process. Having the Career Coach available is what really helped!” — Puja Patel, Eames Cohort (hired at Life Fitness in Chicago)
“I just wanted to thank you very much for setting me up with the career coach. My work with him has dramatically changed up resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn profile. In a short amount of time, my applications have been much more efficient, and I am receiving more inquiries than I did on my own.” — Chris Pastars, Eames Cohort
The great news for those applying to UX Academy is that our students often land a job in UX design within a few months of completing the program. You can read about some of these success stories over on our blog.
Many students, far from having to take a pay cut to move into a new profession, have been able to negotiate significantly increased pay packages in their new job. This reflects the latest statistics on the salaries of UX designers, which now average $89,000, according to the 2017 O’Reilly Design Salary Survey.
We’re delighted to be able to complete the rollout of Career Services today. You can find out more about UX Academy here. If you’ve any questions, check out our FAQ, leave a comment below, or just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.