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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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Is A UI Design Course Right For You?

Posted by Eric Bieller on Dec 29, 2016 3:05:00 AM

Are you in the market for a career change? Have you considered UI design but aren’t sure if a UI design course is right for you? Well, good news! Today I’m going to dig into how UI design compares to other tech areas such as programming, and how an online UI Design course stacks up to other learning methods.

With the proliferation of modern technology, career paths that were once expensive or inaccessible no longer are. There are now affordable and accessible options available to anyone with a laptop, an internet connection, and a desire to make big changes in their lives. This means that it’s possible for anyone, anywhere, to become a programmer or a designer. So, which one should you choose?

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6 Reasons Why We Look for New Jobs (or Careers) in January

Posted by Caroline White on Dec 22, 2016 3:27:46 PM

It's not an assumption, but a statistical fact. At the start of the new year: job searches do go up, dramatically. According to job site Indeed.com, over 50% of US workers were thinking about changing careers in January 2016.

I have some personal experience of how this feels. Last year I made the bold move of moving to New Zealand from the UK. I arrived in Wellington on New Year’s Eve with just myself and a suitcase. After working for the same company in London for six years and having recently completed the CareerFoundry UX design course, I was in need of a new challenge. Don’t get me wrong - I loved the company I was working for. I just felt the need to step outside of my comfort zone and do something really different!

So what happens during the vacation period to make people want a new job, or even a completely new career? Well, it seems to be a ‘new year, new me’ phenomenon. Finding a new job is a common New Year’s resolution, along with decisions such as giving up smoking or losing weight. Read on to learn why!

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Webinar Series: The UX Playbook - How to Keep Your Users Happy

Posted by Florence Collins on Dec 15, 2016 3:42:31 PM

CareerFoundry webinars cover the latest trends in tech, with a focus on UX design, UI design, web development, and app development. Each webinar is presented by an industry expert, and followed by an exciting Q&A discussion.

This webinar recording is a must-watch if you're studying UX design or you're simply interested in user experience. In the webinar, UX designer Clark Wimberly walks us through the UX Playbook; easy tools that people from any discipline can employ to improve user experience. He pulls from his experience as a UX designer and speaker for InVision app, and shares his all-time top tips for making users happy. 

Missed the webinar? Not to worry - you can still check out the complete webinar recording and read the Q&A transcript!

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Free Prize Giveaway: The Ultimate UX Design Tools

Posted by Florence Collins on Dec 12, 2016 3:27:06 PM

UX designers surely know a good product when they see one, right?

We think so - that’s why we decided to ask our in-house UX designers here at CareerFoundry what their ultimate stocking fillers are.

In preparation for the launch of our Certified UX Designer program, we gave away 3 ultimate UX design toolkits totally free!

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know UX Design?

Posted by Rosie Allabarton on Dec 5, 2016 5:45:10 PM

UX design is pretty big news right now. Whether you work in e-commerce, the arts, finance or education, UX design practices already play a big part in your industry.

You might have already picked up some UX terminology or techniques in your job; maybe you've looked at session recordings, heatmaps, or user feedback. Ready to put your knowledge to the test? Take our short quiz and find out how much UX lingo you really know! 

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Get a Daily UX Design Treat throughout December with UXmas

Posted by Florence Collins on Dec 1, 2016 11:04:09 AM

It’s that time of year again! The countdown to Christmas has begun, the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping. It’s a perfect time to snuggle up with some good reading - and for that UX Mastery and Thirst Studios have got you covered!

The UXmas advent calendar is back, with some amazing contributors. You've probably seen some interesting variations on the traditional advent calendar. From miniature cosmetics, to full-sized sweets or cans of pop for each day, they’ve definitely become more elaborate (not to mention more unhealthy).

Finally, we have a calendar that will expand our knowledge and not our waistlines! Read on to learn about the advent calendar designed especially for UX enthusiasts, and the pair behind the idea.

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Mentor Spotlight: Meredith Cohen - UX Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Nov 28, 2016 5:27:19 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 even better, we have created Mentor Spotlights. In today’s spotlight, we introduce Meredith Cohen, a journalist turned UX designer who also completed a master’s in Human-Computer Interaction.

Meredith reveals why she had to get out of the print magazine industry and why she finds it important to 'pass it forward' and help train tomorrow's UX designers on CareerFoundry's UX Design Course. Read on to learn more! 

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