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CareerHub: The Job Board Built by CareerFoundry Graduates

Posted by Tim Fahrendorff on Feb 23, 2017 2:30:00 PM

One of the great things about CareerFoundry is the collaboration between students, graduates, tutors, mentors, and the CareerFoundry team in Berlin.

What better way to showcase your skills than by working on a real product, with real user research, rapid iterations, and something useful at the end of it?

There's been a high demand for a jobs board for some time now, and we realized this was the perfect community project to get the ball rolling. And so, we put the feelers out, and before long we’d put together an amazing team of UX designers and web developers across four countries who were prepared to take on the challenge. 

 Here’s the lowdown.

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15 Great Tools for the UX Designer

Posted by Florence Collins on Feb 16, 2017 12:04:34 PM

Once you’re on your journey to becoming a fully-fledged UX designer, it’s important you have the right tool kit on hand to get the job done.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite tools that you’ll need at different stages in the UX process, from wireframing and prototyping, to research and analytics. Many of the tools listed below offer free trials so you can check them out before signing up. Let us know what you think!

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How to Launch a New Career Without Quitting Your Job

Posted by Alexandre Ouellette on Feb 13, 2017 6:50:46 PM

How can you start applying for jobs in a new field, if you don’t have time to study for your new career? But, how do you find time to study, if you’re working full-time?

Trying to launch a new career can often feel like a bit of a catch-22.

In this article, CareerFoundry graduate Alexandre Ouellette shares the habits he developed in order to juggle full-time work with learning how to code.

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Mentor Spotlight: Pia Klancar - UX Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Feb 6, 2017 5:43:43 PM

One of the unique features of the CareerFoundry experience is our mentor community - we work with a wide variety of mentors in iOS development, web development, UX design, and UI design, from all over the globe.

In order to increase the visibility of our wonderful mentors and give you the chance to get to know them, we created Mentor Spotlights. In today’s spotlight, we talk to Pia Klancar, a senior UX designer based in Munich. Her experience ranges from designing a game used by half a million people each month, to just recently joining a new startup. She explains why she loves UX and why mentoring keeps her inspired.

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Why UX Designers Will Survive the Apocalypse (and Other Hypotheses)

Posted by Florence Collins on Jan 30, 2017 12:10:34 PM

When I say the apocalypse - what I mean, of course, is the evolution of tech, the automation of many jobs, and the resulting unemployment.

Among the many reasons to start a career in UX, just one of them is that the work of a UX designer will be tricky to automate. There are many other good reasons to study UX. (Once you’ve read this interview you’ll be able to reel off at least six.)

In this interview with author of the UX Careers Handbook, Cory Lebson, you'll learn how Cory ended up working in ‘what we know call UX’ over 20 years ago. He explains what’s changed since then, what the UX scene around the world looks like, and what the future holds. If you’re wondering whether now is a good time to become a UX designer, read on!

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What is a Heuristic Evaluation in UX?

Posted by Dawn Schlecht on Jan 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Ever wondered what a heuristic evaluation is?

In this article we’ll be taking at look at what exactly UX designers mean by the term "heuristic evaluation", how to conduct a heuristic evaluation for yourself, what to do if you can’t afford a usability expert, and the difference between a heuristic evaluation and user testing.

Let’s get started!

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How I Survived an Online Course - 15 Insider Tips

Posted by Svenja Schäfer on Jan 19, 2017 9:48:00 AM

Do you think you've got what it takes to survive an online course?

If you're worried about staying on track - you're not alone. Even after 12 years as a soldier in Germany's Armed Forces, I wondered if I had the discipline to get through a self-paced, online web development course.

So why did I choose to do it? After I left the army, I really wanted a new challenge. I'd read somewhere that women shouldn't choose a field they're perfect in, but one which they find challenging. For me, web development was definitely just that.

Here are my top tips to make it to graduation day (including insider tips to make the most of your experience if you study with CareerFoundry).

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Tutor Spotlight: Eric An - Web Development

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Jan 16, 2017 4:49:13 PM

One of the unique features of the CareerFoundry experience is our mentors and tutors. The team includes passionate and inspiring experts in UX design, UI design, web development, and iOS development from all over the globe.

CareerFoundry tutors help you with your day-to-day coursework, approve your tasks, and give you feedback. Some of our top graduates have gone on to become tutors themselves - they know the course well, and having been there, they know what it takes to complete an online course. Together with your expert mentor, they ensure you have both the core competencies - and the industry know-how - to succeed in the field.

In this post you’ll meet one of our awesome web development tutors, Eric An, an Economics graduate who developed a passion for coding and now uses his diverse skills in multiple roles - read on to learn how!

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5 Obstacles Stopping You from Reaching Your Career Goals 
(and How to Overcome Them)

Posted by Terri Rodriguez-Hong on Jan 9, 2017 5:10:12 PM

If you find yourself daydreaming about a new career, but struggling to turn it into a reality, then you’re probably in the same position I was in. I spent too much time and energy worrying ‘what if’, rather than investing that energy into becoming what I wanted to be.

Eventually, with the help of some inspiring people, I managed to identify the 5 main obstacles I was facing. Once I knew what they were, I was able to tackle them head on. I enrolled on the UX Design Course at CareerFoundry and I now love working as a UX designer. 

Here's how I got there.

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7 Benefits You'll Notice When You Start Learning to Code

Posted by Eric An on Jan 2, 2017 2:07:50 PM

There has always been a perception about programming as something that is reserved for the smartest of minds - those who can type 100 words per minute while looking at a screen of text that is endlessly scrolling.

However, that is no longer true. Learning to code has made it into the mainstream, meaning that anyone can learn - you just need concentration, patience, and diligence. I did it, and so can you.

In this article, I'll look at 7 ways that learning to code can positively impact other parts of your life, in ways you wouldn't necessarily expect! 

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