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This is the third in a 5-part series called “Hack your Bootcamp”, ideas to make the most of the UX/UI Bootcamp experience. If you haven’t already read the first and second pieces, check them out here.

Networking. The thing you know you should be doing, but are overwhelmed by even the prospect of starting on.

Bootcamps often use their “built-in network” as a marketing point, and walking into the industry with a cohort of your peers will likely pay off for your networking…but it won’t be paying you dividends right away. …


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This is the second in a 5-part series called “Hack your Bootcamp”, ideas to make the most of the UX/UI Bootcamp experience. If you haven’t already read the first piece, check it out here.

We all know the pain of an artificially created relationship, and unfortunately, bootcamp mentoring relationships can feel like just that — hit-or-miss, awkwardly formal, mandatory meetings. Let’s dive into what’s going on there, and how you can make it better.

HACK NUMBER 2: MAKE MENTORSHIP WORK FOR YOU

Informal Mentorship Is More Effective

The major obstacle that plagues bootcamps is one that plagues any formal mentorship program: informal mentorships just work better.

In a 2000 study of 1,162 employees…


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This is the first in a 5-part series called “Hack your Bootcamp”, ideas to make the most of the UX/UI Bootcamp experience.

First things first. No, this is not going to be another one of those articles listing out the pros and cons of a UX/UI Design bootcamp. If you have read any of those articles, then you’ve already seen the list of cons:

  • Group work often…doesn’t work
  • Mentors can leave much to be desired
  • Limited networking opportunities outside your cohort
  • “Cookie cutter” portfolios with very few projects
  • Easy content that covers breadth, not depth

If you’re anything like me…

Emily Chervony

UX/UI Designer | Masters of Arts Management | Former TFA Teacher | Shameless Dog Mom | Living Meme | emilychervony.com

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