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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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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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15 Online Tools To Create A Winning Resume

Posted by Gloria Kopp on Oct 6, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Putting together a resume is a time consuming undertaking, and these days the standard "Times New Roman" on white just won't cut it. Creating an outstanding resume that impresses employers is vital to even get noticed. Did you know that, while they're flipping through resumes, the average employer will spend about 6 seconds on a resume before moving onto the next one? That doesn't leave a lot of time to catch their eyes and make them want to read more. So, it's essential to use all of the tools available to put together the most impressive, creative resume that'll stop them in their tracks.

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Why I Changed Careers (And How I Did It!)

Posted by Caroline White on Aug 7, 2016 3:30:00 PM

My entry into UX design was quite an unusual one. I had ventured into the world of software from a background in hospitality as I’d become sick of the unsociable hours and low pay. I’d been working in technical support for five years when my boss suggested I might consider a career in UX.

The company had hired various freelance UX designers who had struggled to understand the vision for their suite of software products so they decided it was better to train someone internally who knew and understood what they were trying to do. I had already been writing technical specs and doing some basic wireframing so I jumped at the opportunity.

After feeling unsure where my career was headed for a while, I had been ready for a new challenge but hadn’t been sure how to go about it. This opportunity to become a UX designer seemed too good to turn down.

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"What If I Fail?" How To Overcome Your Fears To Get The Career You Want

Posted by Keri Hazelton on Jun 27, 2016 1:44:53 PM

When you tell someone that you are planning to try something new, what is the first thing they say? More often than not, it is something like, “But what if it doesn’t work out? What will you do then?”

In this post we'll be looking at how we define failure, how and why your perception of failure is purely subjective, "successful" failures, and finally we'll be offering you practical steps to help you overcome your fear of failure, so you can get a job you'll love

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Why Are There So Few Women In Tech?

Posted by Ciannait Khan on Jun 14, 2016 4:30:00 PM

While society has made huge strides towards gender equality in recent decades, there’s still a lot of work left to do when it comes to women in tech.  

  • In the US, more women than men are now awarded bachelor’s degrees, yet only 15% of computer science graduates are women.  
  • Tech giants such as Microsoft and Google consistently report that women make up roughly 30% of their workforce, with fewer still in positions of leadership or in technical roles.  
  • The same disappointing numbers are also true of startups, with a study from 2014 showing that of 14,341 US-based startups, only 15% had a female founder.
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What Does A UX Designer Actually Do?

Posted by Caroline White on Apr 27, 2016 3:02:19 PM

What does a UX designer actually do? I’ve been asked that a lot since I completed the CareerFoundry UX Design Course and those asking have ranged from my Mum to people at networking events to, more worryingly, business leaders and people who work in IT. There's still a lot of confusion surrounding the field, which is why, as a UX designer, you'll often find your first task in a new job is clearly explaining the value you'll be bringing to the company and how you'll bring that about. 

I’ve got numerous examples of company owners and directors who see the 'business' and the 'user' as separate and unrelated entities.  While I've met others who believe a UX designer's sole responsibility is to create endless wireframes without thinking about what the user actually needs from the product.

The purpose of this post is two-fold. If you're a UX designer I hope to give you a concise and clear answer to this question, so that you can answer it succinctly when it gets thrown at you at parties or events. The second purpose is for those of you who are genuinely still unsure what a UX designer does, you will definitely know by the end of this post! 

Let's dig a little deeper... 

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5 Reasons To Make A Career Change

Posted by Ciannait Khan on Mar 24, 2016 11:44:53 AM

Are you thinking about making a career change?  You're not alone.  It's estimated that the average person will change careers between five and seven times over the course of their working life.  Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average worker holds upwards of 10 different jobs before the age of 50, and this number is set to rise even further in upcoming decades.

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The Perfect Match? Web Development and UX Design

Posted by Rosie Allabarton on Feb 5, 2016 3:00:00 PM

 

Web Development & UX Design: A Match Made In Heaven or Poles Apart?

Do you like working with people or are you more interested in solving problems and untangling logical puzzles? UX design and web development certainly attract a diverse mix of personalities and skillsets, but how well do these sometimes drastically different roles work together? In this post we'll be looking at the relationship between web development and UX design and assessing they're compatibility: will there be a happy ending, or will we be picking up the pieces of some broken hearts? Let's find out. 

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How to Become a UI Designer

Posted by Eric Bieller on Jan 18, 2016 1:29:24 PM

 

Introduction To Eric Bieller - CareerFoundry UI Designer

So you want to learn about UI Design? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Hi, I’m Eric, course designer for the brand new UI Design Course here at CareerFoundry, and long-term UI designer. In fact, I’ve spent the last 10 years learning and practicing User Interface design, so I’d like to think I know a thing or two about the industry.

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