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Valentina Calandra

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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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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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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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Mentor Spotlight: Sophie Lepinoy - UX Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Nov 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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, UX design mentor, Sophie Lepinoy discusses her career change from finance to design, and her experience as a freelance UX designer and teacher.

After spending 7 years as a financial analyst, she followed her dreams, became a UX designer, and went freelance. Read on for an insight into the life of a UX designer, and get her top tips for beginners!

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Creatives Without Borders Partners With CareerFoundry

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Oct 28, 2016 5:04:13 PM

CareerFoundry students  are often involved in fascinating and valuable projects alongside their studies or after they have graduated from their courses with us. In this article, we showcase the stories and work of two of our students - Amal Habashy, a CareerFoundry UX design student, and Chema Mora, a CareerFoundry web development student - who were invited to collaborate with Creatives Without Borders (CWB).

Creatives Without Borders is an organization that “connects, accelerates and promotes organizations and creatives to help them generate a bigger social impact”

Let's dive a bit deeper into their stories. 

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Mentor Spotlight: Angelo Lo Presti - UX and UI Design

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Oct 20, 2016 11:50:00 AM

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, UX and UI design mentor, Angelo Lo Presti, talks about his passion for travel, why he finds mentoring mutually beneficial, and his love of simple and minimalist design.

Originally from the small town of Messina in Sicily, Angelo would now consider himself a digital nomad. He has spent the last 2 years in Central and South America, and a stint in CareerFoundry's hometown, Berlin. Let's meet him!

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Mentor Spotlight- Maria de la Riva - UI Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Oct 12, 2016 12:00:00 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, user interface design mentor, Maria, recounts her status as a truly global citizen, her career change from the medical world to the tech industry, and her passion for diving.

Though Maria is originally from Guatemala, she has been more or less nomadic for the past year.

“I have been moving to a different country every month or so,” Maria explains, “my work is portable...it is probably one of my favorite aspects about UI and a career in tech”.

Indeed, her globalized and transient potential is virtually limitless: having traveled to 14 countries, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Grenada, the BVI, France, England, Germany, Norway and Italy, Maria’s profession has quite literally sent her far and wide (next year she plans to make her way over to Asia as well).

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Mentor Spotlight: Dhaval Gandhi - UX Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Sep 30, 2016 11:53:58 AM

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, Dhaval Gandhi shares his unusual path towards becoming UX designer, what he enjoys most about mentoring aspiring UX designers, and why he believes in the value of online learning.

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Mentor Spotlight: Muwuso Mkochi - User Interface Designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Aug 30, 2016 4:52:31 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 relay the career journey of one of our UI design mentors, Muwuso Mkochi. From his personal story to his tool belt and his inspirational view on mentoring, Muwuso shares with us the ins and outs of UI design as well as the unique role mentoring plays in his life and the lives of his students.

When we asked Muwuso what it’s like to work in UI design he enthused about the variety the role offers:

“you never know how your day will turn out!" he told us. 

Sound like your cup of tea? Then keep reading to find out more.

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Mentor spotlight: Wojciech Hupert, UX designer

Posted by Valentina Calandra on Aug 2, 2016 1:17:50 PM

One of our most prized assets here at CareerFoundry is our mentor community - we hire a wide variety of mentors specializing in UX design, UI design, web development and iOS development from all over the globe.Our mentors guide, motivate and assess students through their courses, playing a vital role in our overall mission.

In order to increase the visibility of our wonderful mentors here at CareerFoundry, we want to bring you their stories through our Mentor Spotlights.

In this spotlight we relay the career journey of one of our UX mentors, Wojciech Hupert. From his personal story to his tool belt and inspirational view on mentoring, Woj shares with us the ins and outs of the discipline as well as the role of the mentor in getting our students to where they want to be.

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