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CareerFoundry

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CareerFoundry

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CareerFoundry is an online bootcamp that offers flexibly paced programs for career changers in web development, UX design, UI design, and data analytics. Headquartered in Berlin but with a global student base, CareerFoundry has provided tech education since 2013. CareerFoundry combines the flexibility of online learning with the guidance of mentors and tutors through their dual mentorship model, training students to become job-ready in four to 12 month or their money back.

All programs cover the in-demand job skills required as well as real-world tools employed by professionals in the field. The 7-month Web Development Program explores HTML, CSS, JavaScript, API building, server-side development, test-driven development, progressive web apps, native app development, and more and covers how and when to use industry-standard tools including Atom, GitHub, Node, React, Angular, Vue, and Bootstrap and more. The 10-month UX Design Course explores the entire UX design process including ​user​ ​research​ ​and​ ​testing,​ ​rapid​ ​prototyping,​ ​iterative design,​ ​interaction​ ​design,​ ​responsive​ ​design,​ ​and visual​ ​design​, and covers the tools ​​Balsamiq,​ ​Sketch, Figma, ​InVision and more. The 6-month UI Design Program explores responsive design, visual design principles, designing for different platforms, wireframing, mockups, prototyping, testing, and UX design. It covers the tools Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision, Balsamiq, Figma and more. The 9-month Data Analytics Program explores statistical analysis and testing, data visualisation, data querying, predictive analysis and covers the programming language Python and tools Excel, TableauTableu, PostgreSQL and more.
 

All students will graduate with projects they can show to potential employers to ensure they land their first job. Web development students will create a simple portfolio website and a variety of apps, including a native app as well as a NoSQL database-driven React app complete with its own API. UX Design students work on three complete apps for their portfolio, choosing from various project options. UI Design students build a marketable portfolio that includes the UI for eight projects. Data analytics students work on six projects, covering designing and producing visualizations, dashboards, reports, presentations, and more.

Students have access to a dedicated Career Specialist who provides tailored coaching for job hunting and interviewing. Graduates of the program who do not land a job within six months of graduating are eligible for a full refund.

No previous experience is required 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 by connecting with an advisor who can talk through their options. Students will need to pay a deposit to secure their place, then complete the required pre-work before the program commences.

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  • Data Analytics Program

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    Data Visualization, Excel, Data Analytics , SQL, Python
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week32 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program, you'll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a data analyst—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two data professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into three parts: Intro to Data Analytics, Data Immersion, and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in data analytics with a professional portfolio with real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified data analyst.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Full tuition available through our partner Skills Fund
    Tuition PlansContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for tuition plans and pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to learn about scholarships offered.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Frontend Development for Designers Course

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    HTML, CSS, Front End
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    This course covers the most important frontend development skills in a no-nonsense, streamlined approach and ​will​ ​walk​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​development​ ​process​ ​for​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​yet​ ​functional portfolio​ ​site​ ​to​ ​showcase​ ​your​ ​creative​ ​work.​ By​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course,​ ​you’ll​ ​not​ ​only​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​code​ ​with​ ​HTML​ ​and​ ​CSS,​ ​but​ ​how​ ​to​ ​debug​ ​and​ ​use​ ​JavaScript​ ​to​ ​add interactivity​ ​to​ ​a​ ​website,​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​Perhaps​ ​most​ ​importantly,​ ​you’ll​ ​also​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​the​ ​language​ ​of “code,”​ ​endowing​ ​you​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​any​ ​technical​ ​issues​ ​you​ ​notice​ ​within​ ​the​ ​designs of​ ​a​ ​website​ ​or​ ​application.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​enable​ ​you​ ​to​ ​effectively​ ​collaborate​ ​with​ ​developers​ ​and​ ​coordinate cross-team​ ​projects​ ​throughout​ ​your​ ​career—an​ ​essential​ ​part​ ​of​ ​any​ ​design​ ​role. We’ll pair you with a web development professional to support, advise, and give individualized feedback and mentoring from day one. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *This course is appropriate for qualified designers, or can be selected as a third-module specialization of our UX or UI Design Programs.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have basic UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Data Analytics Course

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    Data Visualization, Excel, Data Analytics
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to gain a solid understanding of key data analysis skills, processes, and principles. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether data analysis is the right career for you. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two data professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the course. Work on a real-world project and learn about the essential deliverables employers and teams need as you build an end-to-end analysis for your course project. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level, and how to use and analyze data to make better decisions. *The Intro to Data Course constitutes the first module of the full Data Analytics Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Frontend Development Course

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    HTML, CSS
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn the fundamental frontend development languages (HTML and CSS); and apply core web development skills. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether web development is the right career for you. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two data professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the course. Work on a real-world project and learn about the essential deliverables employers and teams need as you build a portfolio site coded from scratch using HTML and CSS, (uploaded to GitHub) for your course project. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *The Intro to Frontend Development Course constitutes the first module of the full Full Stack Web Development Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the Intro to Frontend Development course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to UI Design Course

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    Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn how to build a design from the ground up, exploring the basics of design tools as you progress through the course. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether UI design is the right career for you. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two data professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the course. Work on a real-world project and learn about the essential deliverables employers and teams need as you recreate screens for an app for your course project to ensure that you’ve mastered an industry-standard design tool and have experience designing an app from the ground up. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *The Intro to UI Design Course constitutes the first module of the full UI Design Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the Intro to UI Design course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to UX Design Course

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn about every phase of the UX design process, gain an understanding of the industry as a whole, and discover how UXers think. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether UX design is the right career for you. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two UX design professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the course. Work on a real-world project and learn about the essential deliverables employers and teams need as you build an app for your course project. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level, and how to use UX design to make better decisions. *The Intro to UX Design Course constitutes the first module of the full UX Design Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the Intro to UX Design course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI Design Program

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    HTML, JavaScript, Design, Mobile, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week36 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program, you’ll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a UI designer—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two UI professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into four parts: Intro to UI Design, UI Immersion, your choice of one specialization (Frontend Development for Designers, or Voice User Interface Design), and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in UI Design with specialized knowledge and a professional portfolio with real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified UI designer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via Skills Fund
    Tuition PlansContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for tuition plans and pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to learn about scholarships offered.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone required
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI for UX Designers Course

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    Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Built in collaboration with design leader, InVision, this fast-track course ​takes​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​designing​ ​the​ ​user​ ​interface​ ​of​ ​a​ ​responsive​ ​app​ ​from scratch to include in your design portfolio.​ By​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course,​ you’ll have mastered​ ​the​ ​theory​ ​behind​ ​beautiful​ ​UI​ ​design,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​the​ ​hands-on, technical​ ​skills​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​it​ ​to​ ​your​ ​own​ ​projects.​ ​With​ ​your​ ​combined​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​UX​ ​and​ ​UI, you’ll​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​please​ ​and​ ​effectively​ ​communicate​ ​to​ ​your​ ​users​ ​through​ ​every​ ​screen​ ​you​ ​design, and​ ​have​ ​the​ ​polished​ ​UI​ ​for​ ​a​ ​fully​ ​responsive​ ​app​ ​to​ ​prove​ ​it! We’ll pair you with a UI professional to support, advise, and give individualized feedback and mentoring from day one. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *This course is appropriate for qualified designers, or can be selected as a third-module specialization of our UX Design Program.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must basic have UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UX Design Program

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    HTML, JavaScript, Design, User Experience Design, Front End
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week43 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program you’ll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a UX designer—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two UX professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into four parts: Intro to UX Design, UX Immersion, your choice of one specialization (User Interface Design for UX Designers, Frontend Development for Designers, or Voice User Interface Design), and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in UX with specialized knowledge and a professional portfolio of real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified UX designer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via Skills Fund
    Tuition Plans10 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to get a $500 scholarship.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Voice User Interface Design Course

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    Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Built in collaboration with the pioneer in voice design, Amazon Alexa, our comprehensive course in Voice User Interface Design walks​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​designing​ ​for​ ​voice​ ​user​ ​interfaces​ ​and​ ​shows​ ​you​ ​where and​ ​how​ ​it​ ​differs​ ​from​ ​designing​ ​for​ ​visual​ ​interfaces.​ You’ll​ ​use​ ​what​ ​you​ ​already​ ​know​ ​about​ ​topics​ ​like creating​ ​user​ ​personas,​ ​prototyping,​ ​and​ ​usability​ ​testing​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​three​ ​skills​ ​for​ ​Amazon’s​ ​Alexa​ ​voice assistant.​ We’ll pair you with a VUI professional to support, advise, and give individualized feedback and mentoring from day one. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *This course is appropriate for qualified designers, or can be selected as a third-module specialization of our UX or UI Design Programs.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have basic UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Web Development Program

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    AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Algorithms, Node.js, Front End, Scrum, Agile, SQL, MVC, REST
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week28 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program, you’ll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a web developer—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two web development professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into three four parts: Intro to Frontend Development, Full-Stack Immersion, and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in web development with specialized knowledge and a professional portfolio with real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified web developer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via SkillsFund
    Tuition Plans7 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to get a $500 scholarship.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Millicent • Student
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    When I joined CareerFoundry, I didn't even know what a code was. I was a true defination of the word "beginner". What made me enrol with them was the desire to learn. Anxious as I was about the course, the fact that I will have a tutor and a mentor put a bit of ease. 

    And true to their words, my tutor was heaven sent. He was there for me every step of the way. He would always remind me that it was his job to help me so I must always ask if I need help. As for my mentor, he understood that I was a beginner and he really encouraged me to work hard to achieve my career goals. 

    The Curriculum is detailed with additional material to educate yourself even further than the given tasks. It is hard work but at the end of each task, there is joy that comes with it. You are never alone when learning with CF, the community is always there for you. Be it the support team, student advisors or other students, the support is just ovewhelming.

    It's a pity I couldn't finish the course due to personal reasons but I am definitely going back. I can recommend CF to anyone without thinking twice. keep ut the good work guys:)

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
    Title: Blog Editor
    Wednesday, Nov 16 2016
    Hi there Millicent!

    Thanks so much for writing about your experience with CareerFoundry. It's great to hear that as a complete beginner in code you were able to fully understand and enjoy the experience of learning to program, which is certainly no piece of cake!

    It's great you found your mentor and tutor so encouraging and understanding and they were able to keep you focused on your career goals while you worked through the Web Development Course. When we hear stories like yours it confirms our belief that fully mentored, flexible, online learning is really the future; it's that one-on-one tuition and support that gets you over each hurdle on the way to the finish line.

    On behalf of the Student Advisors, the Student Community and everyone else here at CareerFoundry we can't wait to have you back. Your career in web development awaits - and we will do everything we can to get you there!  

    Best,

    Rosie
  • Marta • Junior Frontend • Student
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    I found a job after three weeks of finishing the cours. I would recommend you CF if you want to change careers, they will do their best to help you.
    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
    Title: Editor, CareerFoundry
    Tuesday, Nov 22 2016
    Hi there Marta
    Thanks so much reviewing your time with us studying web development! 

    We wanted to extend our congratulations to you for finding a job in your chosen field - well done! 

    Hearing the stories of students like yourself makes all of the hard work worthwhile for us, and we are so proud to be a part of your success. 

    If you have any further feedback you'd like to give us please do reach out.

    Best,

    Rosie Allabarton

    rosie@careerfoundry.com
  • Worth It
    - 11/1/2016
    Ryan S Baker • Account Manager/UI Hopeful • Graduate
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    Online education is not for everyone, and it can be very hard to find an organization that can effectively convey useful information and help establish a skill set. That said, Career Foundry does an excellent job at taking someone (such as myself) with little, to no UI design background and points them in the right direction. Career Foundry helps establish a knowledge base that makes that "where do I even start?" feeling, much more manageable.

    A word of warning, if you are new to UI, this course will not be easy. The first few months I was able to keep up and even get considerably ahead of my scheduled end date. However, you have to keep pressing throughout the whole course because it gets particularly demanding towards the end. You will likely spend around 7-10 hours a week for the first couple of months. Towards the end of the course, however, I was logging 20 hours or more a week. So you will definitely do a good amount of work. 

    The staff is professional and excellent to work with. Responses come quick considering different time-zones and the fact you depend a lot on emailing. Cicely was particularly great to work with. You can tell she takes her job very seriously and she always responds in a timely manner.

    My mentor Eric was also awesome! We had around 8 or so conversations and he was always able to spot mistakes I hadn't noticed, or he brought things to my attention that could be improved upon. Initially, I may have had some pushback to some of his suggestions, but far more often than not they ended up improving upon what I had originally built. He was also very quick about getting back to me and offering feedback.

    If you are looking to become a certified pro on Sketch and are even remotely interested in the awesome world of UI, this course is well worth your time. 

  • Anna Costalonga • Junior Full Stack Developer • Graduate
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    I am originally a translator, with a humanities background and a good flair for technology. I had been working as helpdesk support in a wellknown company for years. I never felt realised with this job, though, on the contrary I was feeling stuck in a dead-end.I thought I had to become more technical and I always felt an affinity to web technologies, although I only knew HTML and CSS so far. I got in touch with CareerFoundry almost by chance, I started getting info and reviews about this online school and I found them all positive. Besides, the course fee was still reasonable for my pockets and being an online course, it was ideal for me as a working student. The assistance of my mentor had always been punctual, friendly and motivating. It was not easy at CareerFoundry, especially for someone who, like me, had 0 coding experience. I was not certainly afraid of learning Ruby on Rails, Javascript, Angular, but I found a great support in their international student community. That is awesome, the way CareerFoundry with a simple slack team created a friendly network of aspiring webdevelopers all over the world. With some of them I remained in touch and even developed some projects together. Learning a new profession from scratch when you are already working is not simple, it is hard, it is effort and self-esteem consuming as well, particularly if you're over 40 years old, like I was and am. Finally I had a new professional perspective, and I really need to thank CareerFoundry , if I was able to leave my old job and land my first job as Junior Web Developer with Rails. I have to thank them for their courses, obviously, but also for the motivation network, if I can say so, that they were able to build up through their international students and mentors community.

  • Best decision ever!
    - 10/31/2016
    Marjorie • Graduate
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    I enrolled in Career Foundry for two reasons: 1-It was 100% focused on UX design which is what I wanted to do. 2-It would give me the flexibility to take care of my family and still work on the side.

    It was by far the best decision I ever made! I have learned more than I could have ever imagined in the past 3 1/2 months. The great thing about CF is that you learn by doing. The lessons are brief and then you jump in and do a project. 66 to be exact. Is hard work? Yes. But do I feel prepared? Absolutely! CF prepares you for design challenges you will face in the real world. Not to mention the fact that you will get an awesome tutor and mentor. If you are ready to change your life, CF is the way to go!

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    Today I'm quitting Career Foundry and these are my reasons.

    1) I signed up thinking I could do the course at my own pace. CF shouldn't advertise their courses saying "study online at your own pace", it is a misleading statement. 

    2) When my laptop crashed and I had no computer for 2 weeks, I asked for an extension and was declined on the basis that I wasn't keeping track. If felt like they were saying to me "you're a bad student, and bad students get punished", and this left me stressed. 

    3) Once I became aware of the time limit, I started rushing my assignments, the quality of my work suffered, and I stopped enjoying it. I was doing the course based on my own app idea, so it was really important that I did it properly and took my time.

    4) A lot of people on Course Report have been saying that the course takes 2-3 times longer than the stated 15 hours per week. I don't have a spare 15-30 hours more each week, and I am not willing to pay 2-3 times the amount of money to finish it. 

    In summary, my experience of CF is that you use misleading advertising jargon, don't put your students learning needs at the core of your value proposition, have poor customer service, and care more about money than a good student experience. I think your company culture comes across as defensive. The only thing that gives your company a heart is your course tutors, they bring life to the subject, where your content is lacking in depth.

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
    Title: Blog Editor
    Wednesday, Nov 02 2016
    Dear Beccy

    As you know from our email correspondence, we are disappointed that you have chosen to cancel your CareerFoundry course, despite our repeated efforts to try to resolve this situation. We value all of our students, and it was clear from your work that you were a passionate, ambitious and talented UX designer. We are very sorry to see you go, as is your tutor. 

    I’d like to take the opportunity to address some of the points in your review.  

    Your wrote in your review: “When my laptop crashed and I had no computer for 2 weeks, I asked for an extension and was declined on the basis that I wasn't keeping track. If felt like they were saying to me "you're a bad student, and bad students get punished", and this left me stressed.” 

    As we mentioned in our email, after considering your case we did extend your course for 2 weeks free of charge after your laptop broke down. We always try to be empathetic when the personal circumstances of our students’ inhibit their ability to keep up with their coursework, and we do make allowances for those who are unable to study due to their personal situations, within reason. 

    In your case, we not only extended your course for 2 weeks free of charge, we also offered you an extra month of the course free of charge, including full mentor access, due to the stress you felt you were under from being behind on your assignments. Altogether we offered you an extra 6 weeks of study time for no extra cost. We were extremely sorry that despite this you chose not to continue studying with us. 

    You wrote in your review: “[you] don't put your students learning needs at the core of your value proposition, have poor customer service, and care more about money than a good student experience. I think your company culture comes across as defensive.” 

    We were saddened to read that this was your experience of the CareerFoundry team and extremely sorry you felt unsupported by us, despite our best efforts. Our Student Advisors work tirelessly on meeting the needs of our students, to ensure they stay on track in their studies, have a great relationship with their mentor or tutor and have their feet firmly on the career ladder of their new industry by the time they have graduated. The student experience is crucial to everything we do, and the reason we all work so hard. 

    If you would like to continue the conversation further, we would be only too happy to hear from you again and see if there is any way we can still resolve this. My email address is below. 

    Best,

    Rosie Allabarton

    rosie@careerfoundry.com
  • Ilse • marketing manager • Graduate
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    I highly recommend Career Foundry's Web development course. I had some background in coding, mostly by learning through Codacademy. However, I was looking for something a bit more substantial. 

    This course is intense, but in the good way. The exercises, topics and skills covered give you a good basic understanding of the webdevelopment spectrum, and leave room for more exploration if you want to dive deeper. Every expersice includes theory, and hands on coding. The results are submitted to your mentor. If something is not working, you will have to fix it. This urges you to learn and think as a coder, where can the bug be?! Sometimes it's frustrating and time consuming, but the eureka (!) moment you 'get it' is very gratifying. By urging you to get it right, Career Foundry also maintains the quality of the curriculum. 

    My mentor was very helpful. He wrote me long emails explaining where I could improve. Or we used video chat over slack when I got really stuck. He always helped me progress and was very encouraging. 

    I'm a college graduate, I'm used to communicating in English and I'm used to study by my self. I took the 'part-time' course. I have a full time job (40+) hours a week. Be prepared to spend two night and a weekend-day, or your whole weekend on coursework. I finished within 6 months, it's doable but you have to commit serious time and effort. 

    Overal, I highly recommend Carreer Foundry

     

     

  • Seyon Wind • Graduate
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    Pros:

    • Self paced
    • Supportive staff
    • Job placement support

    Cons:

    • Curriculum needs work
    • Dependent on mentor
    • Not entirely "job-ready"

    My frustration with the shortcomings of the UX course content was counter-balanced by the friendly, responsive staff at CF. They addressed all of my questions and concerns quickly and to my satisfaction. This included changing mentors after my first one was non-responsive, and ongoing job support even after I graduated.

    After finishing this course I had one end-to-end project piece for my portfolio and a fairly good understanding of the UX design process, but you'll need more than that to get hired as a UX designer, especially if you're coming from an unrelated field.

    Companies want to see client work samples, not just student projects. Cold applying to jobs doesn't get you very far - you'll need connections within the design industry to get much needed personal referrals. Unless you're already in a similar role (graphic design, visual design, product management, front-end development, etc.) plan to go to a lot of meetups, workshops, conferences and/or hackathons to build your network.

  • Great bootcamp!
    - 10/18/2016
    Alexandre Ouellette
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    Before enrolling with CareerFoundry, I had tried to learn to program web applications on my own. It was a struggle to find material that guided you properly and made you feel like you could write apps later.

    CareerFoundry's web development curriculum is great, it guides you just enough and it pushes you to explore interesting concepts on your own. 

    My mentor was very nice and available relatively quickly to answer my questions. They would always be able to get me out of a jam. I was enrolled in the program before the tutor/mentor change was made, and I think that having someone to help you prepare for jobs is very important.

    What I found to be the best part of the bootcamp is the community of students and staff. Students are encouraged to work together, help each other with issues. The placement staff is also very helpful, they help you setup a good online presence and have many tips and leads regarding finding your next job.

    Overall, I was very satisfied with CareerFoundry and can't recommend it enough.

  • UI Designer
    - 10/18/2016
    Ansh Deb
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    The best UI Designer Course I have taken so far. I have tried a few other smaller courses, over time but nothing compares to Careerfoundry. The mentors, the helpful slack group, the instant customer support, everything is TOP NOTCH !!

    Moreover, at times I felt overwhelmed at the tasks and how much they expected, but eventually as I reached the end of the course, I realised how thorough those rigorous tasks made me with my work.

    Great Experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • UI Designer
    - 10/17/2016
    Norman Dubois • UI Designer • Student
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    I'm currently doing an apprenticeship as a media designer and wanted to learn more about UI/UX Design. I browsed through the internet and found careerfoundry, so I decided to took this class.
    I started in august, so I'm doing this course for 2 months now, and I already learned so much cool things.
    The practically oriented exercises are so much fun and you can really learn a lot from them. If you stuck there's always a great community around you which will help you! The conversations in the slack channel and my fellow students are awesome and it makes a lot of fun to help and support each other! :) 
    You'll have a mentor all over the course who will help you doing your exercises and designing your apps. My mentor is amazing and has an answer to all of my questions. Not only is he answering them, he's only giving me some further information, etc... He normaly replies faster than 24h after I asked him something, which is really cool. The feedback I' getting from him is also very helpful and you can learn so much from it! I can't recommend the mentor based approach enough. It's just amazing!

    All in all I'm so happy that I took this class, because I already learned so much new and interesting stuff. If you're interested in UI design I can only recommend you taking this class! I'm really enjoying it!

  • Terri Rodriguez-Hong • Graduate
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    Once upon a time.... I was sitting in my first real interview and it was good feeling to be with "the big cheeses" I did not get the job, but the UX Director gave me some really great advice. Terri, you have a solid background, but I think you need more UX, so I recommend you take a class. So that is where my story starts. I took his advice and I look, hunted, look, turn over rocks, check out bootcamps... Wholly crap! Talk about expensive. I would have to sell my left leg to get into a class like that. Fast forwarding now... I came across Careerfoundry... email them some questions they got back to me less then 24 hours. The price was right not too expensive plus I could make payments if I wanted to (paid in full). So I broke down and did the UX course. The UX course was a lot fun and yes some of was dry, not going to lie, but it was something that you had to do and understand what you are learning. They go over surveys, personas, wireframes, design, your resume to your portfolio. The best thing that Careerfoundry has going is the class comes with the mentor. I have to honestly say it is the mentor and the slack community makes a huge differences. The mentor is the key... gonna be honest not all mentors are the same but in my book if you don't gel with your mentor you can get another one. You just have to be proactive about it and let Careerfoundry know or even better tell your mentor what your want and what your needs are. They are there to help you. If you don't say anything nothing will happen they can not read your mind. I realize most students want out of their crappy jobs... trust me been there. There is a process you have to go through.. I know this part sucks you want to take the class and get out of your crappy job. Take your time with the class and learn.. if you can push it then you can... I would recommend Careerfoundry... actually I finish the UX course and yes worked off my tail. I was able to get a UI/UX visual designer job. I almost double my salary, but along the way I had tons of phone interviews some I bomb and some I did good. I had face to face yes some bomb and some was good and the more you have. The more you will be able to hone in your style of interviewing. So don't give up and keep moving forward. I love the UX class so much that I am taking the UI course now with my new gig. So if I can do it then you can do it as well. Don't waste months thinking about it like it... Dive in and click that button. I am glad I did.

Thanks!