To apply for the programs, students should have access to a computer and an internet connection, and an interest in the topic they are planning to study. Students apply via the CareerFoundry website to create an account and connect with an advisor who can talk through their options. Students will need to pay a deposit to secure their place, then complete the required prework before the course commences.
All students will graduate with projects they can show to potential employers to get their new careers off and running. Web development students will create a simple portfolio website and code a NoSQL database-driven React app. UX Design students work on a re-design of a web-based app, which includes creating user personas and a UX Design portfolio. UI students will redesign the user interface for one site and built a marketable portfolio that includes the UI for four apps. Students have access to Career Advisors who provide tailored coaching for job hunting and interviewing. Students who do not land a job within 180 days of graduating may be eligible to get a refund.
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- Gateway into web development- 7/23/2018Anonymous • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
I completed web development course on careerfoundry. The course is well structured, gives you road map into future studies and opens the gateway into understanding other frameworks and technologies you might need on the job..THe career specialists are great, wonderful tutors, mentors and most of all a great community to ask help from. You never feel alone on the course and everything is self paced. I recommend it for starters.
- " Job guarantee thing is a trap with hidden terms and the course do not meet the market standards."- 6/30/2018Tahir • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
Pros: Course and teachers are good. The website is very user-friendly. By the completion of the course (if you are already an intermediate developer) you feel that you can develop a simple application and can control many important parameters related to frontend and backend and this make you happy like adding a plugin and modifying website by modern tools. Career advisor helps you in preparing your CV, LinkedIn, and other social profiles. They really help with job applications and interviews. students learn a lot about polishing resumes and importance of social contacts. job preparation exercises are excellent.
Cons: This course is not for beginners. Job guarantee is a trap. They have not mentioned the term and conditions for the refund on the Job Guarantee page. ( https://careerfoundry.com/en/job-guarantee ) rather this is mentioned somewhere on the website. ( Please read paragraph 15 https://admin.careerfoundry.com/en/terms )
This course does not prepare you for the job market as a developer with PROGRAMMING skills. In the job market, most of the companies are looking for a candidate with sound programming skills(even for junior). You can develop web apps without being a programmer by watching Udemy courses. but in the real world, the demand is opposite because the companies are looking for more of a programmer type candidate with the knowledge of developing tools. Its like (70% programming and 30 % other tools) In my humble opinion, an average student cannot learn all skills required for a job in six months (programming and developing tools). Hence Job guarantee and the course do not meet the reality.
1. The course does not show the ability to prepare students for programming skill with tutor assisted exercise.
2. Terms and condition should be mentioned properly without moral corruption.
Response From: Edward of CareerFoundryTitle: Community ManagerMonday, Jul 02 2018Hi Tahir,
While we regret you were unable to find a job after completing the course, our Terms and Conditions require students to complete the Job Prep course after graduating, as well as to work closely with their Career Specialist to ensure their job search remains on track. Not only did you not complete the Job Prep course, but you did not reach out for assistance on your job search during your 6 month job guarantee period.That said, we are committed to finding employment for our graduates and are more than happy to continue working with you in order to achieve this. Our Career Services Team has reached out to you to this end.
- Ryan • UX Designer • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
I came across Careerfoundry through another colleague who was also about to enroll in the course. The website really spoke to me - I was feeling stuck at my job and had no sense of where I should go. I decided to speak to CF's Career Advisor (Sam), who helped me to set aside my anxieties / fears of changing a career. I am so so glad I made this decision. I signed up for the UX certified course (June 2017), completed the immersion course early (Feb 2017), and spent 2 months prepping my UX portfolio and interviews. I applied to a total of 15 jobs, got 7 call backs and 2 offers. It really was a dream come true for me.
Careerfoundry is an amazing platform to help you go through this transition - learn new skills and get into the exciting field of UX. I know CF foundry tries very hard to offer the best support and have the best mentors from the industry but it doesn't always happen in real life. My UX course mentor and tutor were both incredibly amazing. Always reachable, helpful and got back to any of my inquiries really fast. However, my experience with my UI specialization course was the complete opposite. The mentor was not very engaged with the course, didn't offer much feedback (ex. your design is perfect, on to the next) and also wouldn't read my comments properly). Though I had unlimted Skype call with him, I really didn't see much point in calling him, as he really wasn't helpful at all. This is why i only gave a 4 star under "instructors".
Careerfoundry would be the perfect platform for you if you are looking into changing your career and start working as a UX designer. As long as you are motivated and wiilling to dedicate the time and hard work, it's going to pay off. I was working 40 hours a week while studying UX on the side so it was extremely tough but i am glad it's all worth it in the end.
- Network Administrator- 6/8/2018Xing Li • Network Administrator • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I started learning web development course on Nov 15, 2017 and graduated on Mar 27, 2018. I found a job at GTA area on Apr 19, 2018. It's not web developer, but network administrator.
The course is well designed and I think I'm a qualified junior web developer after completing the course. However, it's still not easy to find a job by just completing the boot camp. Most jobs require degrees or years of experience. The only opportunity is small start-up companies with low salary, but you cannot expect too much as a rookie. Right?
Career foundry helps me in multiple aspects.
1. Job guarantee reduces my anxiety which is the biggest headache for me.
2. The community of mentor, tutor, career coach and other alumni makes me feel that I’m not working alone.
3. Although my job is network administrator, my skills in web development helps me to win the job.
(1) In order to configure the Linux environment to run Ruby on Rails, I learned linux system and I was experienced with virtual machine, SSH connection etc., which is useful for a network administrator
(2) Interviewer asked me some details of my web development skills. Basically my web development skill let them believe that I’m a fast learner and I understand how to make different software work together.
- Thank you CareerFoundy!- 5/16/2018Priyanka PromodKumar • UX designer • Course: UX Designer • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I wanted to change careers from graphic design to UX design. I joined CareerFoundry and loved my experience with them. I was paired with a great mentor. He was very helpful, understanding, patient, and empathetic. He helped me learn the ins and outs of UX and prepare and practice for the interviews. They have a great team of career specialists too who help you with the interviews and give you tips on your job search.
Almost a month after graduation, I got my first UX job in a well known company. Career Foundry makes learning UX fun and you get to work on two portfolio pieces during the course.
Response From: Edward of CareerFoundryTitle: Community ManagerThursday, May 17 2018Hi Priyanka, thank you for your review. It was great to have you on the course, and truly fantastic that you've landed your first UX job already – well deserved! All the team wish you all the best for the future. Stay in touch!
- Got a job even before graduating- 4/23/2018Andrada • UX designer • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
The course was pretty well structured, the exercises provide you with a pretty solid portfolio as a beginner. I got offered a job as a UX designer even before graduating, based on the portfolio that was randomly found by someone who was looking on Behance.
Of course it will not teach you everything you need to know about UX - there's not enought tiem for that - but it will give you a great fundament to start.
Response From: Jakub of CareerFoundryTitle: Community ManagerThursday, May 17 2018Hi Andrada, thank you for your review! It's really great that you landed your job so quickly – even before finishing the course! Warm regards from the CareerFoundry team in Berlin.
- Gaelan • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
First off, I have to say that almost everyone I know these days is "thinking about learning programming" or "learning programming on the side right now". They mention weird words like React and Node.JS, or Rainbow-Trout-Power-Language, whatever it is they try to assure you that whatever you thought is the right thing to learn is wrong, and that their flavor of the week is more important. At the end of the day, Career Foundry got me to actually learn the programming languages and also develop projects - and there is a lot to be said for action vs. talk.
Why I liked the course:
First off, the way the course is made, you actually have to finish it, otherwise you suffer a financial penalty. This to me is perfect, because bootcamps that say you can take as long as you want, are not really there to help you get into the industry rather than fulfill your fantasy of 'kind-of' learning a programming language. This is just my opinion of course, but I really needed a timeline where I had to complete things, as my life is too busy and without an externally motivated deadline, it would likely slip.
The course content itself is pretty good, it gets you through the languages as you build up projects in the course. To be honest, you can learn anything on the internet for free, but why Career Foundry was nice is because they sequence the learning in a way that makes sense. When learning web dev, there are inevitable times when you require knowledge from a more advanced topic to explain a simpler one. CF gets around this quite well by giving you disclaimers like, "don't worry, we'll explain this later" and then they ACTUALLY DO explain it, unlike the last season of the TV show LOST. The best part of the course though is that someone grades every assignment (pass or fail). I once had my assignment rejected because the code wasn't formatted nicely. The code worked fine, and met all the objectives, but looked ugly. While this may sound frusterating, this is the most real world example of something that is really important which you can lose sight of just coding on your own.
Finally, the job prep course at the end I would say is one of the most valuable parts of the course. Learning a new skill for me is relatively easy compared to the daunting task of looking for work in a new skill, fighting against your own biases about you not being ready enough etc...The job prep course was a lot of work, and I somehow didn't know you only had a month after you are done your main course to finish it (which I think could be boldly articulated at the start of the course that you need to finish it by the date - this got confusing for me as the date was changed a few times). But those things aside, the work you put in really sets you up to look for work. It's tough, and at times gruelling, but I have never been so confident in my resume and cover letter writing skills as I am now. I had multiple reviews of my resume, with minute changes on things such as the structure of sentences and wording - which are all things I would have not caught if completely on my own. I guess it was nice to know that by the end of that, I was ready mentally to look for work.
Things I would improve about the course:
- There were a few times the course content had errors that caused a lot of rework. I found the best way to check if this was the case was simply by looking at the student comments on the lesson. Sometimes there were multiple of the same comment and that helped save me from falling into the same trap. I would suggest CF should go through the comments on each lesson to help find these issues. I submitted a lot of course feedback of as many errors as I could find, but sometimes you don't have the time
- I feel at the end of each unit, there should be a mandatory project that fores you to have to apply the principles on your own (instead of optional). I really don't like the approach that you are just 'done' the unit one you get through each assignment and feel like this would be a great opportunity to weave in things like interview coding challenges etc...
- I experienced a lot of variance with the tutors. I personally feel you should have a mini skype call where you introduce yourselves to each other at the start of the course, as at times it just feels like someone is copy pasting "Great work! You clearly met the requirements etc..." vs. actually giving you feedback. Since the whole course is online, these opportunities to make things feel a bit more connected I feel shouldn't be overlooked.
Things I would tell myself now after finishing the course:
- Don't get over confident at the start of the course, it is designed to be easier at the beginning. Eventually you will run into a lesson which takes an insane amount of time to get right, and you need to be okay with that. Remember, your tutor has to approve your results, and sometimes you will go back and forth for a few days on one lesson, while other days you will complete two lessons in one day.
- Really begin with the end in mind, and don't plan to use the portfolio made in the course as your own professional one. That is just an example project and in my opinion makes a lot of design decisions that may or may not make sense for you.
- Pick ONE (not 100) other resources like Ruby done the hard way or Object Oriented programming books, and make a goal of completing some of that content with each lesson. The course is not going to teach you everything you need to know (no course will) so you need to get used to self learning now.
- The job prep course is a lot of work. Don't underestimate it, but also realize it is making your life 10 times easier than it would be on your own. If you put a lot of effort in that course at the end it will pay huge dividends.
- Good preparation and great job search support- 4/15/2018Jesus Espuña • UX/ UI Designer • Graduate • Course: UX Designer • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I decided to change career from marketing to UX design and enrolled on the UX course. Although when I finished the course I felt that I still was lacking a lot of practice in the field, I got a very good knowledge of what a UX designer should do and know. In order to get more practice the course shoud be longer because some skills they just need practice and time to be developped.
Also the course prepared me on how to present my work and my creative processes to potential employers, which I think has been very useful. I also found very useful the active student community, I have got great help from it. For example, I got to know other fellow students who have ended up helping me a lot on my portfolio and job application documents and it has been a useful source to start networking.
And last when I finished the course I got good couching from CF team on how to do my interviews and landed up on my first UX job through the CF network only one month and a half after I finished the course.
- Great Preparation!- 4/12/2018Justin Dickerson • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
Firstly, I would like to congratulate CareerFoundry for such an affordable program in getting started in web developement! Due to the U.S. market and my location, I was not able to procure a job in 6 months yet they did honour their job gaureente, as always make sure one reads the terms and abides. However, the program itself prepared me for a subsquent local in-house boot camp and now has the pleasure of calling myself not only a full-stack Ruby on Rails web developer but as an upgrade to software developer upon adding the .Net (C#) stack. With the work of the CareerFoundry team has been able to position myself for growth and future success within the tech space by providing me with a module to prepare me for the current and future job market along the main course. I am forever grateful for CareerFoundry team for allowing me to get a good start on my training as a developer and thus happily satistfied. The only thing missing is a JS framework like Angular, React, or Vue was taught which would have enhanced ability to get hired.
- Albert • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedInBad experance. The course does not get you ready for interviews. You will be tested. They will not help you pass. That is hardest part of getting the job. Their terms and conditions protect their butts from ever having to give a refund and they will find every excuse in the book not to give it to you and stop replying when they run out. I recommend just buying a book like cracking the code interview and avoid this program at all costs.
Response From: Jakub of CareerFoundryTitle: Community ManagerWednesday, Apr 11 2018Hi Albert,
We're sorry that you felt unprepared for interviews. Our Career Specialists reached out to you with additional resources to help build your confidence in coding challenges, as well as offering to do interview practice sessions to assess your overall presentation in interviews. Our Terms and Conditions are to help hold students accountable for conducting an effective job search in their chosen fields. We're more than happy to continue working with you on your job search, as well as on identifying resources for you to prepare for coding challenges, and on additional projects to build your portfolio to help make you more attractive to recruiters.
If we can help you with this, please email me at email@example.com.
- Awesome Training, Brilliant Support- 3/24/2018Annie • Student • Course: UX Designer • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I wanted to change careers to UX Design and chose CareerFoundry for my training. Although based in Berlin, the course is 100% online (I am based in Canada). What is great about the course is you get to work through some great and important information about UX Design, then send in a task to your tutor. With the UX Immersive class I did, I was assigned a tutor (to check my activities/tasks) and a mentor (to do a portfolio review at the end of each 'achievement'). This is what I loved the most about the course. I got so much great advice and encouragement from my tutor and mentor during this course, they were always around to answer my questions and offer me feedback on the tasks. I think I have grown so much now as a new junior UX Designer to the industry, then when I had first started.
The CF slack group was also awesome, so much great advice and help from other students and tutors/the career services team. Whats so great is that everyone at CF wants you to succeed, and do everything in their power to mak it possible.
They have updated the curriculum since I first started and now include extra video tutorials and quizzes, which I think is great. Even without them though, I enjoyed the course structure. I really learned so much and can't wait to start working as a UX Designer. Recommend them 10000%!
- This is How You Get a Job- 3/16/2018Gabrielle Moskey • Voice UX Designer • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I took the Intro to UX Course, UX Mastery Course, and Voice UI Course. Here's why Career Foundry is your best choice for a Career Change:
- Flexible: CF is completely flexible to your schedule since it's 100% online.
- 6-Month Job Guarantee: The Job Preparation Course is AMAZING. It forces you to rehaul your entire online presence, deliverables, and entire interview process. I had a practice interview with my Job Mentor before interviewing with an actual company the next day.
- Advisors: You'll have at least 3 people looking after you. An advisor, a tutor to help with day to day assignments, and a mentor who is a successful professional in the field and who can help link what you learned to everyday work (and can also help you network).
- Staff: Friendly staff responds quickly to any curriculum questions or concerns.
- The Work: Work is broken into digestible modules and includes lots of outside links for further research.
- Fellow Students: Easily see fellow student work to understand what your work should look like.
- $$$: Best bang for your buck compared to other programs.
- Voice: The Voice class was just created and was made in partnership with Amazon. Voice is really exploding and will look great on resumes.
- (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧: Everyone in this company wants you to succeed, and it shows in their interactions.
My only wish would be the opportunity to make some projects with real companies so that your portfolio isn't just student work. However, this is easily remedied by doing freelance on your own. If you're ready to commit to the program, you will be rewarded.
Response From: Edward of CareerFoundryTitle: Community ManagerTuesday, May 15 2018We're delighted you got so much out of the course and landed the job you were looking for, and that you found the updated Job Prep Course and coaching so helpful. It was a joy to have you on the course and we wish you all the best for the future. Stay in touch!
- Ladislav Szolik • CX/UX Designer • Graduate • Course: UX Designer • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I took the UX Designer course last year in January 2017 and graduated in June 2017. My goal was to gain as much knowledge as possible, not just certificate. Therefore I spent weekly more than 20 hours studying and preparing for the assignements. It worth it. The course itself is really well organized and you always get the sense of the progress, even after small achievements. Next to studying I practiced on one real project. It means sometimes I was running after people to get interviews and user feedback. Was an exciting and interesting time. I loved the huge community and the support from my mentor and tutor. They were fast and always there for any questions. Actually thanks to my mentor I got my current position. One Manager in my network was browsing randomly on LinkedIn when my mentor reposted my ux portfolio. The manager contacted me and after few months I got a UX position in one of Switzerland leading bank. As I look back to the course and the school, I think it was a good investment and a great experience.Careerfoundry cares a lot about their students and non stop working on improvements. They do UX as well :)
- CareerFoundry? More like PassionFoundry!- 11/27/2017Shereen • UX Designer • Graduate • Course: Introduction to UX Design • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I have been stuck in a rut for so long and was wary of taking a boot camp style course because I am easily demotivated. My CareerFoundry course was completely different from any online course I had taken previously. Although I found that my tutor sometimes was very set in their ways, in real life as a UX Designer you will have a client expecting you to create to their liking. It was so motivational to work with a mentor in the field. My mentor helped me in my interviews, I truly felt like I had a whole team rooting for me. I would definitely recommend this course if you want to change your life with something you are passionate about and do something you love. I never dreamt I could be working as a UX Designer after a 6 month course (I took 8 months due to being a mom and working freelance). CareerFoundry not only prepares you for a career but they help you in the whole process towards applying to jobs and interviewing which is extremely important. I am now starting my first job in UX design, thank you CF!!
- I did not just take a course—I changed my life- 11/13/2017Jan • Graduate • Course: UX Design • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
To Make a Long Story Short
The UX Designer course at CareerFoundry helped me to evolve my career and to land a job as a Junior UX Designer within three months after I finished the course. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is really interested and willing to make some serious effort. This is not a taster course and you should really be convinced of what you’re doing since you invest a lot of time and money. If you just want to learn more about the basics (so that you can decide better if this is the right thing for you) then you might be better off with the cheaper and shorter UX Fundamentals course offered by CareerFoundry, too.
My Personal Professional Background
I studied Interface Design as a specialization field of Industrial Design in Germany. After that, I worked as a freelancer on minor complex projects (mostly graphic design) and at a small Start-Up as an Interface Designer. When I began to feel stuck in my career I took some time off to reflect on my very own skills, needs, and motivations. I deepened my knowledge and became even more fascinated by UX. Also, I discovered that I already was (or at least wanted to be) a UX Designer but there were some parts missing. I enrolled as a student at CareerFoundry to close those gaps. My expectations were high.
It started quite easy and flat but after just a few lessons it became harder and really rich in content. The schedule was tough and after some time on the course, I had to realize that I wouldn’t be able to finish the course within three months. I put high standards and demands on both myself and the quality of my work. I had to extend the course timeframe which was no problem. My mentor and tutor cheered me up and encouraged me since my submissions have been excellent.
The course content has been quite comprehensive and well curated. In real life probably no employer would hardly pay for all the steps taken in the sketched design process but it’s good to have a broad understanding of many different design methods and strategies. The topics that have been taught are not CareerFoundry exclusive. Indeed, you could manage to find and learn everything online for free. The big difference is the very good didactic conditioning and the chunking into lessons and tasks. You will apply what you’ve learned on a real project. Any submission will be reviewed by your tutor (day-to-day tasks) or your mentor (final task of the block) providing valuable feedback. They responded very quickly. I came to know my mentors and tutor to be very committed and I hope we will keep in touch. They have a great attitude of sharing their knowledge and experience. I never felt like I was bothering them and always felt encouraged.
Feel free to watch the project showcase on my behance profile: https://www.behance.net/gallery/54800867/Project-Showcase-Taskly-Task-Management-App
After The Course
When you finalize your course you can optionally take the Career Change Achievement. I would highly recommend this free extension to anyone who is going on job hunt. The lessons give you some very helpful tips and kind of guide you through the first time of your job search. They help (force) you to reflect on yourself and your newly acquired skills. In the end, you will understand yourself a lot better and you will be able to articulate your goals and your strengths in a polished application package. In my personal case, this led to a job offer after three weeks of searching and applying!
- A great course- 10/17/2017Jordan • Product Designer • Graduate • Course: UI Design • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
A joined CareerFoundry's UI course at the beginning of 2017. I had looked over a lot of other courses before starting before deciding CareerFoundry was the best for what I was looking for.
I would say that overall, my experience was good! I really enjoyed my mentor and tutors. Occasionally throughout the course I had a few questions that I couldn't find good answers to by just perusing the web. When I reached out to my mentor, I was able to get great answers and hands on instruction until i finally understood. That alone was invaluable to me.
As I was approaching the end of the course, I started applying at UI jobs around the country before eventually landing a position at a startup. Occasionally in the interviews, I'd recieve a question that I wasn't sure how to answer - this was, again, where my mentors and tutors helped. Talking with them gave me the confidence to keep applying.
I would say that much of the content found throughout the course wasn't exactly mind-blowing or game-changing; it could be found throughout the web if you knew where to look. But CareerFoundry has collected it and given good tutorial of how to get your feet wet into UI.
In my opinion, this course won't teach you to become a great designer - but it will help you get into UI if you already know how to design and just aren't sure how to make the transition forward. If that's you, I'd recommend this course!
(Btw, I'm now making double my old salary at my new job. Thanks CF!)
- George • iOS Developer • Graduate • Course: Mobile App Development (iOS) • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I took the iOS developer course starting in August '16 and graduated about 6 months later. I have to say that it was a good course and I am now an iOS developer having completed the course within the required 6 months. I thoroughly enjoyed the content and found the exercises to be clear and generally easy to follow. One criticism of the content is that sometimes while searching for answers I would come across almost exactly the same content in free articles. This didn't bother me too much because, for me, the key to this course was the support from a tutor and a mentor.
I had tried many times to learn programming on my own using only free resources in the past but it never came to anything because I would get stuck and not have anyone to ask advice from and so lose motivation and interest. The difference with this course is that you do have someone to ask for help if you need it in the form of your tutor, but you also have a community of others who are going through the course and you can also ask for help from them.
Generally my tutor and my mentor were very responsive to my questions and quite knowledgable about the exercises and potential solutions. They were both very nice, supportive and helpful however on the odd occassion it did seem like my tutor might not have been through the exercises in full detail.
Once I had completed my course I began looking for a job and at this point I felt like maybe the course had not fully prepared me to get my first developer role because I was not getting any responses to the job applications I was making. I also felt like CareerFoundry was more geared towards finding jobs for the web dev/UI/UX graduates simply because there are substantially more people doing those courses. This may have been true however I realised that I had to be persistent and also to continue to develop my skills while I was searching for a job.
Eventually, with the help of Sami at CF (who is brilliant) I was able to find an incredible job doing exactly what I want to at a company that does some really exciting stuff. Sami helped me to position myself in the market and to understand the value I could offer to potential employers, rather than just feeling like a novice with no skills! As part of the process for applying to the job I currently have, I was asked to build a mini app and was able to use some of the knowledge I gained doing the course so the content is definitely relevant in the real world.
Overall it is a good course because of the tutor/mentor and community aspects. As with any course there are some weaknesses, however you will get out what you put in and if you are willing to put the time and effort in it is possible to find a job as a developer after graduating.
- Found UI course lacking- 9/6/2017Rachael • Graphic Designer • Graduate • Course: UI Design • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I would honestly not recommend this program. This company is a startup and has changed it's curriculum since my graduation 6 months ago. I have a formal degree in art and took the UI design course.
-Affordable (the price is cheaper than most bootcamps)
-Community (They had a strong online community)
-Assignments (You did get good assignments that would help you learn)
-Little job placement help (Most of the people I met from CF haven't found jobs, It's been 6 months and I haven't found one either. Most of the job placement help was based on the HQ in Berlin. I also expected them to have relationships with companies for placement which I don't think they have)
-Written tutorials (There were plenty of written tutorials that could have been more clear, or were lacking a short video explanation. It's 2017 I was very disappointed that there wasn't a single video tutorial.)
-Little to no portfolio help (At my time of graduation there was little to no help to tell you how to make a portfolio that would land you a job, they would just tell you to make a portfolio...)
All in all most of the information could be learned on Lynda, Coursera, or Treehouse I thought. If I could do it over...I don't think that I would. The idea that you can pay a few grand and spend a couple months learning to become a designer is a larger one, but have realistic expectations. Google around on medium to see what other designers say. I think that it usually takes years of training and most importantly: WORK EXPERIENCE to land a great design job.
Response From: Jakub of CareerFoundryTitle: Community ManagerTuesday, Oct 10 2017Hi Rachael, thank you for your response. I’m sorry you had a negative experience. To address your first point, the field of UI design is constantly evolving and we will continue updating the curriculum to reflect these changes. Along with programme updates, we are also busy updating all our courses with more video tutorials as we understand that it is an extremely useful learning tool. We appreciate the feedback.We hope you’ll continue working on your portfolio and keep on applying for relevant positions. We would be happy to put you in touch with one our in-house UI designers and mentors if you’d like to receive any feedback about your portfolio. We also encourage all our students and graduates to seek support and feedback in our Slack channel and Facebook groups.
- A Great Experience- 7/6/2017Larry • Marketing Coordinator • Graduate • Course: UI Design • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
A fantastic course. Quick advice is to really use the guide of how many assignments you need to finish a week and not fall behind. With my busy life with a full-time job and young children, it was difficult not to. However, the course made it very easy for me to catch up when I could and my mentor and the student advisors were super supportive and accomodating. I really felt like everyone was there to help me succeed. The Slack community was also incredibly helpful. Being a marketing professional with not much formal education in art and design, this course was extremely educational not only with learning about the world of UI design, but also art theory and training in design, which I really enjoyed. The adminstrators are always changing things so you can be assured that it is always up to date and they also work with feedback to improve it constantly so the course just gets better and better. It is not an easy course, even with someone who has a bit of a design background such as myself, but it is incredibly rewarding. Every time I would see another student's work, I would be a little discouraged and think that I would never achieve something like that. But it also drove me to push myself harder to succeed and I ending achieving much more than I thought I could. I learned to use others work as inspiration and I think it made me a much better designer. If you put the work into it, you will do well. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about going into this field.
- Worth Every Penny- 6/22/2017BIll Wagner • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
The instruction is excellent. Not only are the tutors and mentors very helpful, the Slack community supports each other so well. There is a wide range of skill sets that choose to take courses. The diversity of experience and thought leads to quick solutions. It's still incumbent upon students to take control of their destiny. The staff is responsive and flexible to student needs often changing tutors based upon schedules and needs. It's as simple as a request and following up.
The career support is also wonderful with contracted career specialists that offer consistent 1 to 1 contacts, office hours for students with a simple question, and many group events students can attend.
- Web Developer in 6 months?- 2/6/2017Greg • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I finished a web dev course at CareerFoundry in about 5 months with 20 hours learning a week. I had no previous experience in this field, except 2 courses at Codecademy. Before everything, here is my opinion about their mentorship: you get a tutor and a mentor, the tutor approves your excercises, so it is a daily communication, the mentor helps with bigger issues and gives you feedback (video review) after each achievement, and there are 4 of them. There are also 4 skype calls with him. My mentor was helpful and answered usually in 1 day. My first tutor probably left CF at the middle of my course, but that was a good thing as she did not do much, only approved all of my tasks without any helpful review or suggestion. My second tutor was the opposite, he was extremely helpful and always gave me extra information. Thanks Judah!
So CF promises you could be a web developer after a course, if you follow all the instructions, learning schedule etc. I just finished a course, so I don't have a job yet, I am doing the Career Achievement, which is their help to do a career change and so far it is very helpful.
The course content was professional, detailed and understandable, they provide a lot of external links where you can learn more. So basically they give you a really good base knowledge and if you are interested you can build on it. I would say you could be a web developer if you carry on learning and working after the 6 months. I guess it is realistic to get a job you love in 6 months after the course, if you keep working hard and creating more and more projects.
It was a great course. I feel much confident about the newly acquired design skills. The best part of the course was my learning experience with a senior designer. The job placement team offers great support in the job search process. Highly recommended.
- UX Design with Allison Yaeger and CareerFoundry- 1/12/2017Bart Weaver • UX/UI Designer • Graduate • Course: UX Designer • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
Great course and worth every penny! Allison was a fantastic tutor who was very informative and thorough in evaluation of my work and in catch ups. The syllabus was extensive and touched on all the key elements of User Research. Using what I learnt from the course I was able to turn an internship into a full time position, changing all the UX processes in the agency.
Despite the course being advertsied as a UX Design course it was great to have some exposure to some UI in the later stages of the course, which again put me in a great position for future portfolio work and interviews for my first design based job.
Allison also had some great advice at the end of the course for trying to secure work.
I did find it quite frustrating after the course when CareerFoundry (not Allison) offered to help and advise me with my job search and getting into a career. There was a brief exchange of emails before they stopped replying all together - I even mentioned this in my feedback to them soon after the course was over with no response.
Other than a total breakdown in communication at a time when I had many questions I would highly recommend the course to others. In fact, I am frequently messaged on Linkedin by potential students who I highly recommend the course to.
- Good Curriculum but not worth it!- 10/31/2019CeeCee • Student • Campus: Online
I completed the UX immersion and UI course with CareerFoundry and found the overall experience intense but informative. Make sure you get along with your mentor as their guidance will be key to your development throughout the course. Having a teaching background I can say that the curriculum is well designed and easy to follow. Also, they provide a great community to share your experiences with so you feel supported. From this point of view I'm satisfied, however the marketing is deceptive and I don't think the course is worth the cost. The course was marketed for 15-20 hours per week part-time yet I found myself spending double the amount of time. Juggling this with a full time job was so intense. I felt burntout and also lost the motivation and joy of learning this new field. They fail to take into account the hours spent on learning new programmes (if you're not a designer) and time spent on research and extra reading material (which is necessary to gain a full understanding of the lessons to enable you to complete the tasks). Also, I think this course benefits those who want to apply for work in the UK or US. If you're looking for work in the resf of Europe it's difficult. They guarantee you will be able to get work as a junior UX/UI designer but I was constantly rejected for not having enough 'experience'. I was unable to get a job and as a result gave up trying. And forget about getting the refund, it's impossible. Sadly,not worth the money!
Response From: CareerFoundry of CareerFoundryTitle: TeamWednesday, Nov 13 2019
thank you for sharing your thoughts!
We are always open to feedback in order to improve the product we offer. We would very much like the opportunity to look into your situation, as the points that you have cited are uncommon for the majority of our students.
Could you please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you and addressing the points raised.
Your CareerFoundry Team
- Intensive and amazing programme !- 10/17/2019Jia Yin Loon • Student • Campus: Online
I am almost done with UX Immersion and it has been an amazing learning journey and experience thus far... I had no background in UX before starting the course and I now believe I have the required fundamentals to work in this field. It is intensive because every task requires focus and understanding within a short period of time, but I guess this is good practice to get a "feel" of the real world. I am also blessed with experienced and kind mentor and tutor who are always there for me! They have been such a great encouragement and source of guidance in this new journey of mine!
Can't wait to see what happens next!