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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

    Apply
    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, MVC, Agile, REST, SQL
    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

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  • Katarzyna Hasnik  User Photo
    Katarzyna Hasnik • UX/UI Designer + Agile+Scrum Master+DevOps Team Lead+Digital Marketing Executive • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
    Overall Experience:
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    https://hasnik.wixsite.com/mysite/post/career-foundry-why-they-not-others
    You can read more about how much I am grateful, appreciative and why do I recommend Career Foundry to Everyone on The Planet Earth on my website! Honestly speaking I do not give 5 stars often. I am actually often writing less positive feedbacks, super honest about everything and everyone but Career Foundry is beyond measure of 5 stars.
    If I could I would give them 10+ for all categories. That speaks for itself. 😏

    They gave me Wings to Fly HIGH! and below you would read what kind of Wings I got with Career Foundry. If you want extra tips on how to get a dream career with a great salary, please contact me. Have a great ride! You do not need Luck, you need Career Foundry!

    I've just filled the Alumni Job Survey on Career Foundry LinkedIn group (6 months support, coaching even when you get your first career, which School or University does it? None, just Career Foundry) and I decided to share with you what I got from them because without Career Foundry I would not have this awesome career as UX/UI Designer. Let's see how it goes, it is new plus present sci-fi situation but my GUT Feeling, my Intuition is telling me the good stuff are coming even more and I feel so.
    The trust is what we all need, in time of taking the new brave step to a new career path and when we reach pour dream career.

    I was asked on this survey provided by Career Foundry if I am willing to help other students with their career path. Yes, I do. 😊 You can reach me at any time even you the reader of Career Report by connecting with me through my website above and below LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/katarzynahasnik/


    One of my role in my present career UX/UI Designer is also implementing Agile Culture across the DevOps Team based in Ireland and other countries. I am Leader of DevOps, working directly with CEO and CTO, Co-founders, shareholders, clients, Marketing Executive boosting written marketing content, Graphic Designer by revaluating design, logo etc. My role would be updated to Head of Design or Creative Director after initial time as already I was told. Let's see. Just day by day, see how it goes, in this sci-fi, you never know...how the next day would look like, so take it easy and fun😎 I had been called Scrum Master already 😏and running "Clarity of Communication" weekly workshops to implement transparent culture, honest and upfront. I mentor my workmate, Graphic Designer by daily Zoom to field fo UX/UI. Plus I create UX/UI for our software products.

    Just a few more words about the recruiting process.
    When you know you know. It is not about Love only. Let the MAGIC happen! Believe it and let the Gut speak for you. Do not analyse too much. Logical thinking does not work here. Just go with the flow. Hiring managers, CTO, Co-Founder - KNOWS BETTER. 😊 Let go if something takes too long and let Universe do work for you!
    🥳
    There were 2 companies, which contacted me super fast with hiring managers interview phone calls, which went very well but the process of recruiting was slow (big companies). There was also a positive outcome by networking event open for me but due to the present situation was put on hold. In mid-time a very high level of professionalism recruiter found me on LinkedIn, call me immediately with an email with descriptions. All process took 7 working days from phone call to confirmed career offer with my weekend away in mid-time (4 days, why not to take a break from it 😎). Altogether from finishing the Job Preparation course, it took less than 3 weeks in a career search after graduation at a very easy, relaxed phase. I could start earlier but I needed to finish some projects and get into New Chapter, New Begining, go shopping etc 🙂. I and my boss established a date of start together on mutual agreement, New Moon, 24th of March as we both are into those type of stuff, which is even cooler. 😁 I also suggested or more even required to hire Junior Developer as part of the Dublin team. The great guy was chosen who click with us, similar mindset and interests count so much and we all started at New Moon. I am there for 9 days feels like we know each other for months and we did a lot.😊

    More about my amazing recruiter here:
    https://hasnik.wixsite.com/mysite/post/is-recruiting-process-stressful
  • Alberto  User Photo
    Alberto • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently completed my UX design course with Careerfoundry and I would like to share the answer to the 4 critical questions that I was looking for before I enrolled in the course. 

    • Is this course worth such a significant investment of money?
    • How’s the course in practice?
    • How’s the mentor and tutor supporting you?
    • How's Careerfoundry is helping with the job search, and how does the job warranty works?

    Is this course worth such a significant investment of money?

    Many people have been asking me why I did not do a free or much cheaper online course. I probably could do it, and I believe that it is possible to start a successful career in UX design also with that type of course. However, I felt that the advantage of having a mentor and a tutor to support me, the warranty of an updated and quality proved curriculum, and the job warranty, have been fundamental in giving me the awareness that I was working in the right direction and, therefore, to keep me motivated until the end of my course. The fear that the course I would be doing may not have been enough to get in the UX job market, alongside the feeling that I could have wasted my time studying a course without many warranties, would most likely have stopped me in the process.

    How is the course in practice? 

    The three different parts of the course are divided into achievements, where each achievement includes an average of 10 tasks to be completed. The fundamental course includes just one achievement, the immersion 6 achievements, and the UI specializations 2 achievements. Each task is estimated to require an average of 4/5 hours in total to be completed, but a few of them need more time. Each task usually consists of an initial reading that generally requires from 30 to 50 minutes. In support of each reading, you typically receive plenty of additional suggested resources if you wish to get deeper into the topic. After the reading, you have a straightforward quiz that needs to be done. Usually, it requires less than 5 minutes. Finally, you have to do your task for the topic. This can be anything from doing some user research, wireframing, or some exercise to help you understand the fundamentals of UX design. You will also get access to see three of the best tasks submitted by other students as an example, so you will have a more precise understanding of what is required to do in that specific task. Most of the tasks you will be doing will be part of the final project that you will include in your portfolio. Overall, you complete at least one different project for each of these phases. At the end you will come up with at least 3 projects on your final portfolio, (see my projects I did during the course) which is what matters at the end when it is time to apply for jobs.

    How’s the mentor and tutor supporting you?

    The tutors are usually UX/UI designers with at least a couple of years of experience in the field, while the mentors are typically senior UX designers with plenty of experience. The tutor is the one who will approve all of your tasks and will be ready to assist you in any problem you may face while working on your assignments. This will be done through chat only, where they are usually replying to all of your questions in a few hours.With the mentor, however, the interactions are through video-chat. You have unlimited calls with the mentor, but I don’t think you will need more than once per week. I found myself also going through the course for two or three weeks without needing any call. The mentor will be the one that will approve the final task of each achievement and the one that should help you to orientate in the world of the UX design industry, sharing tips and advice for being successful in this field. Other than the tutor and mentor, I found the Slack community created by Careerfoundry to be another great source of support. That is the ideal place to get connected with other students that perhaps are working on the same tasks as you. It is very helpful, especially when you may need feedback or collaborations with other people to complete the tasks.

    How Careerfoundry is helping with the job search, and how the job warranty works?

    One of the most fantastic things about this course is the job warranty. Honestly, this has been one of the critical elements in enabling me to decide to go for it. Careerfoundry promises to refund you the total amount of money you paid for the course if you won’t find an occupation within the next 6 months after finishing the course. This gives you the confidence that if they are ready to bet such an amount of money on you, it means you will definitely acquire the skills you need to get a job in UX. This is also something that has kept me more motivated until the end of the course! However, I would invite everyone to carefully read the terms and conditions of the job warranty, as there are requirements that need to be met for this to happen. Also, let’s make something clear; Careerfoundry is not going to find you a job; they will just support you in the job hunting process. This starts with the job preparation course that you can begin once you are about half of the UX design program. The earlier you will start and complete the job preparation course, the sooner you will be able to begin to apply for jobs, so possibly even before you complete the UX design program. During this job preparation course, with the support of a career advisor, I have been learning exciting and helpful things such as how to identify a career strategy, processes of work and skills, how to create a professional cover letter and resume, how to create a network, and how to prepare for interviews. I felt this had helped me to build more confidence in myself, especially regarding the interview process, which is something I was at first quite scared about. So, overall I found this job preparation course, which is compulsory just to keep the job warranty valid, to be helpful and essential for anyone new in the field and in need to build self-confidence to get a new job.

    Pros

    • Job warranty
    • Support from great tutor and mentor
    • Easy to connect with other students on Slack community
    • Final portfolio with 3 projects
    • Flexibility to study part-time or full time

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Studying from home can feel alienating and lonely sometimes.
    • You may get a refund from the job warranty but still not have a job

    If you think you want to study with Careerfoundry click here to get a 5% discount to any of their courses.

  • Laughable Program
    - 12/1/2020
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    Jonathan Trosclair • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    There’s a reason CareerFoundy is so much cheaper than other coding bootcamps and that’s because frankly it’s a clown shoes operation. There are two major problems. First: from my own experience and speaking with other students enrolled in the course, a number of the mentors did a very poor job of being available and respecting students’ time. Mine was constantly late to video calls, often rescheduling last minute, or flat out not answering questions for weeks at a time. Maybe you’ll get a good one. Maybe you won’t. You can request a new one and roll the dice again. Most of them are working CF as a second job so it’s clearly not their priority. However the second, and bigger problem came later. Just under halfway through the course, I had to exit the program due to a major life change and, despite being told I would see a partial refund of $4000 in two weeks time MAX (this time period is also explicitly stated in their Terms and Conditions), it took nearly two months and many emails to multiple “support” personnel for it to actually go through. While still making payments on the full amount of the loan, I requested a full refund from them for breaking their own terms and conditions to which I was informed I would be reimbursed for “late fees.” Finally I received the originally quoted refund. When I asked what portion of the refund was allocated for their delay (the “late fees”), I was referred to another person who told me they were contacting the loan service to get a transcript that would be in my inbox in a few days. Which apparently they never got, because I never got it either. I again requested to see a breakdown of exactly how much was my due refund and what I was given for their two month delay. Without answering the question, they told me I was going to be refunded an additional $500 by the end of the week (which I take to mean they never actually gave me any money as compensation for their delay). It’s since been two MORE weeks and I haven’t received the $500 OR a simple breakdown of how much they refunded me. Honestly the support of this program is laughable. Throughout the course you will constantly receive formulaic emails about how “concerned” and “supportive” they are about your learning journey, but the moment I needed them to actually do something helpful (refund the money to which I was entitled during a very difficult time in my life) the communication became indirect, delayed, and unhelpful. If you’re trying to learn to code, either A, save the money and teach yourself for free with something like the Odin Project or B. spend a little more for what will hopefully be a much, much better bootcamp. 

    Response From: Madina of CareerFoundry
    Title: Program Advisor
    Tuesday, Dec 01 2020

    Hi Jonathan,

    thank you for sharing your feedback.

    We are sorry that your experience did not match your expectations, and we are always open to feedback in order to improve the product we offer.

    Since you were referring to your loan situation, it is not excluded that payout delays took place, as this process goes through the loan institution in the first place.

    We would very much like the opportunity to investigate your case further. 

    Could you please contact us at:
    feedback@careerfoundry.com

    We look forward to hearing from you and addressing the points raised.

    Best regards,

    Your CareerFoundry Team
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    CareerFoundry is great. The mentors are so helpful and the tutors are always there to help you. My tutor responds within the hour most times which is great when I have a questions or need help. 
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    I am so glad I ended up taking this course through CareerFoundry! I was thinking about getting into UX Design by completing a Bootcamp for a couple of months prior to COVID-19 hitting. Once everything shut down, I thought it was the perfect time to start working on my career change. This course is 100% online and super flexible. I highly recommend CareerFoundry to anyone who asks. I've already learned a ton about UX throughout the program and I'm excited to continue to learn. You'll have access to a tutor and mentor to help you through, which is such a good perk for me so I can get professional feedback on my project. 
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    I will start off by saying that I was skeptical of deciding to enroll in CareerFoundry’s UX Design program. I did a ton of research online about whether or not to take a Bootcamp-style course that could potentially change my career. Let me just say, I am SO glad I decided to take that leap and enroll! Within the past few months, I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge regarding everything UX (and then some!). Every Exercise has been so thorough, yet easy to understand. But what I value most is the guidance I have been receiving. Student Advisors are always so quick to help with any technical problems, and my Tutor gives me great constructive feedback on my assignments. Most of all, I am very grateful for my Mentor. She’s critical, but in a good way. She pushes me to be the very best I can in order to succeed in this competitive industry. Plus, she has given me so much advice on job searching, interviewing, portfolio creation, and networking. Overall, if you’re thinking about changing your career to UX Design or gaining new skills, I would highly recommend CareerFoundry. It has given me so much hope in finding a career that I will love and excel in! 
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    To be honest with you guys. I scrolled down Instagram one day and saw this short little video from CareerFoundry that was a sponsored post and it went a little like: are you unemployed in Germany? And do you want to become a UI Designer? Little did I know that this is actually possible. The whole program really teaches you the knowledge and skills you need to learn the job. I never imagined I could do this from the comfort of my own home. Of course, this was also great timing, because I was able to do this during the lockdown situation in Germany. So my workday luckily wasn't affected by the pandemic. I should also mention that I used to work as a store manager. So I had no previous experience in the field. I am really happy I was brave enough to ask the Agentur für Arbeit to sponsor this course with the Bildungsgutschein. I am excited to see what my future career looks like. For now, I can already say that the work as a UI Designer feels much more fulfilling.  If you think about trying it yourself, I think you should :)
  • Best decision!
    - 10/28/2020
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    Torge Bergmann • UX Designer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    It was the best decision I made in a very long time. First I was sceptic about how applicable the content would be and how professional my Tutors and Mentors will be, but after the first week, there were no doubts left. I am an established designer already and it worked perfectly for me. I received great professional support and the challenges were both perfect for beginners but also for established professionals. I would do it again! 
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    I took the UI Course with CF as I wanted to get into this field. While I had some prior knowledge in graphic design (from learning in private) I wouldn't say I had an advantage. The course was demanding but so well structured and guided that I had no trouble at all. The only thing about the curriculum that I would improve is the guidance in regard to the portfolio. I personally had no problems with it because I have some skills from before that came in handy here but I know I would have been a bit lost if I wouldn't have had these. What I especially loved were the connection to the tutor and mentor which helped immensely.
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    I don't have any prior knowledge about HTML, CSS or JavaScript. I am a UI design graduate from CareerFoundry back in 2018. I had a very positive experience with CareerFoundry that is why I chose to take this course with them to gain an understanding of Frontend dev. skills. The course is for 2 months with access to 1 mentor that supports and guides you through the whole process. The course is well structured, has many examples and resources. It provides the basics and you end up with creating a portfolio-website from scratch using the above skills. The content is well written in a simple language that is clear to everyone. One thing I would have liked to see is an active Slack community. Currently, there isn't one but you have the support of your mentor if you get stuck with anything. I hope they can build a community where the students can share their thoughts, issues and also recruit participants for user testing purposes. I fully recommend CareerFoundry for your next learning venture. 
  • UI Design
    - 10/8/2020
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    I'm just over half way through the UI design program and can highly recommend it if you're looking to get into UI design as a career change. There's a lot of support from your tutors, mentors, career specialists and course advisors! Throughout the course you have a chance to build up a portfolio while developing your skills, which was a really important factor when deciding which school to go with. 
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    I am currently in more than half of a UI full time career.  I had a very kind, super nice Tutor who always sends me more and more information.  In each task I feel that I learn many things and that I am slowly building my career.  They always give us extra material to read.  My mentor is also very kind and our conversations are always enriching.  I also started the work course, the teacher seemed very nice and "down to earth/ with the feets on the ground".  I definitely recommend this course.  Before starting it, I had read the comments of the people here, so now I am happy to leave one myself.
  • Samin Emrani  User Photo
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    Less than a year, I was looking for a new opportunity to change my job for months. I was disappointed about all those years that I did design projects and wasn't satisfied with what I had as a job. I'm over 30 and a "very conservative person" to make new decisions and change things in my life. The first time that a friend suggested me to look for UX courses, I started exploring and ask some friends in Toronto, New York and Berlin to give me a suggestion, where to study and what to do. That was impressive that none of them knew each other, but all suggested to start with CareerFoundry. 

    I booked three calls and asked many questions. After the second call, they even recorded a video and explained all my questions in it. That time I felt the big difference in how they care about people. 

    One of the excellent options was I could pay in ten months, and that wasn't that much pressure for me. Still, I wasn't sure if I can finish it and was worried if I drop this course like several times that I dropped my design university courses. 

    I said to my student advisors, tutor and mentor about my most significant problem, "lack of self-confidence". And I could improve this feeling in the first month, and I resigned my job to focus/ practise more on what I learn. 

    That was impressive that usually during a day for several times, I asked many questions from my tutor (Moritz Oesterlau from Germany) and he answered all of them one by one or corrected my assignments with examples, different online sources, videos, etc. For several times he even created a video while reviewing my project to show how should I do the task. 

    Beside Moritz, I also had a fabulous mentor (Piet Alberts from South Africa) that helped a lot and showed me how to invest my time in the right way to have a professional result. It was awesome that all students could book 100 times their mentor for an hour video call. 

    I had to study 15 hours a week, but day by day, I feel greater about how I learn and have this much progress; After a while, I spent 10-12 a day to study, reading UX books or watching tutorials. 

    My third mentor (Marion Sénéchal from Switzerland) joined the team in the middle of course. Job guarantee wasn't only a word to get more students. I almost made "all the materials" for my CV, Linkedin and website from zero. (during all these times, I had great supports from three student advisors who asked me every week if I feel good or bad about course.

    The last point I want to mention is after you finish all courses (job course too), every two weeks you have a video call with your job mentor and explained what you could do for getting job offers for six months. During this time if you get an interview before your next appointment, you contact the school, and they "immediately" book a special time for you (with your mentor or if it's not possible, with another mentor) and you work on the essential skills that are needed during the interview.
    As a conservative person that is 30+, I highly recommend  CareerFoundry to change your life and have your "new career", not "a job". 

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