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What did you do before Designlab?
Before Designlab, I was a stay-at-home mom and did part-time freelance graphic design and branding for small businesses.
Why did you choose to attend Designlab?
When I decided to go back to a full-time career, I wanted to deepen my skill set to improve my competitiveness in the job market. That's when a friend of mine told me about Designlab's UX Academy. Before this, I had not considered UX design as a career path, but it seemed like the perfect balance of in-demand tech skills and design skills for me. I liked that I could follow a proven curriculum online and I would have a mentor to guide me.
What is your job title today?
Today I work as a UX/UI designer for Rx Savings Solutions, a healthcare tech company in Overland Park, KS.
What's your advice for someone considering Designlab or another design/coding bootcamp?
When considering Designlab or another bootcamp program, I encourage prospective students to learn as much as they can about the field they're interested in. Go to local design/coding meetups, follow gurus on Twitter, read UX blogs. Learn to speak the lingo. Be passionate about the subject. A good designer is always hungry to learn more and become better at the craft. I think to be successful during a bootcamp program, you have to be willing to be proactive. A bootcamp alone will not guarantee success. Rather, I look at it as a great foundation upon which to build your new skill set and career.
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