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Springboard is an online coding school offering online, flexible, mentor-led courses including the Data Science Career Track, UX Design Career Track, and Machine Learning Career Track (all offer job guarantees). While learning cutting-edge digital skills entirely online, students receive teaching and mentorship from industry experts. Springboard offers a number of self-paced, mentor-led workshops, plus a full Data Science Career Track program. The Data Science Career Track includes a deferred tuition option, so students can enroll for a small deposit and finish paying after starting a job. In all of Springboard’s self-paced courses, students develop job-ready skills that display industry-worthy capstone and portfolio projects. Throughout the entire process, students receive support from their industry mentor, as well as Springboard's resident advisors and the larger student/alumni community. Springboard combines expert-curated curricula with one-on-one mentorship. Springboard has served thousands of students from around the world.

To apply, applicants fill out an online form, take an aptitude test, then talk with a school representative about their background and motivations. For the data science career track a background in statistics and/or programming is required. For the UX career track, students should have academic or professional background in user design or development-oriented fields.

All graduates receive 1:1 career coaching including networking tips, resume and LinkedIn assistance, interview prep, and salary negotiation. Graduates go on to considerable success: those who accepted new jobs reported an average annual salary increase of $19,919. And because of the job guarantee, students who don’t find a job within six months of graduation receive a full refund.

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  • Data Analytics Career Track

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    Python, Data Visualization, SQL, Excel, Data Analytics
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Become a data analyst in six months, job guaranteed! Through this course, developed in partnership with Microsoft, you’ll master the technical and business thinking skills needed to get hired. In addition to learning fundamental business statistics concepts, key tools (like Excel, SQL, Python, Power BI, and Tableau), and advanced analysis techniques, you’ll develop your problem-solving skills—something hiring managers told us most job applicants lack. Two capstone projects will allow you to bring all of your skills together, becoming the center of a powerful portfolio. And you’ll do it all with the guidance of your personal mentor and career coach, plus support from your fellow students and Springboard alumni.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Climb financing available
    Deferred tuition plan: Pay $500 and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$5,500 upfront or $1,100 monthly payments, or deferred tuition plan.
    Refund / GuaranteeBecome a data analyst. Job Guaranteed.
    Scholarship$500 scholarship for veterans and women in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level2 years of professional work experience working regularly with office, design or programming tools. Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Data Science Career Track

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    MySQL, Data Science, Git, Python, SQL, Machine Learning, Spark
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Get a job, or your money back, through Springboard’s mentor-guided online bootcamp. With our job guarantee, if you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition will be refunded. Students will master the data science process, from statistics and data wrangling to advanced topics like machine learning and data storytelling, by working on real projects designed by industry experts. With the guidance of your personal mentor and career coaches, you will graduate with an interview-ready portfolio and a network of data scientists. We won’t stop there. We know that career transitions are hard, and we’ll support you every step of the way—until you get hired.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Climb Credit. 
    Deferred Tuition available: Pay $700 and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$1490/month or $7,500 upfront or deferred tuition plan.
    ScholarshipWomen in Tech Veterans
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelComfortable programming and comfortable with statistics.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewNo
  • Data Science Career Track Prep

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    Data Science, Python, Data Visualization
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week6 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$490
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Need more prep before you begin the Data Science Career Track? In this mentor-led course, you'll spend 4-6 weeks mastering the foundational Python and statistics skills needed to pass the admissions challenge and start your career. This course was designed specifically for go-getters who want to enroll in our Data Science Career Track, but who need an introduction to, or a refresher in, Python programming, statistics, or other core data science concepts. With guidance from your personal mentor, you’ll finish the course having learned how to use Python to complete real-world coding exercises. You’ll also be able to ace our Data Science Career Track admissions challenge and begin your data science journey.
    Financing
    DepositNone
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginnger
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Machine Learning Engineering Career Track

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    Python, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,940
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Fast-track your machine learning career through our mentor-guided, hands-on machine learning engineering course—the first to come with a job guarantee. Our curriculum, designed for people with software engineering experience, is rigorous and deeply technical, teaching the foundations of machine learning and deep learning. But it’s also hands-on. Of the 400 hours of work we estimate it will take to complete this course, 100 hours go toward capstone projects. You’ll build and deploy large-scale AI systems—with guidance from your mentor, an experienced machine learning engineer currently working in the industry.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Climb Credit
    Tuition Plans$7,940 upfront $1490/month Climb Credit Loan
    Refund / GuaranteeJob Guarantee. Get a job after 6 months or get your money back.
    ScholarshipWomen In Tech: $750 Veterans: $750
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Software Engineering Career Track

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    HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, React.js, Front End
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week36 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$8,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Launch your career as a software engineer with 1:1 mentorship, career coaching, and a job guarantee. If you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition is refunded. We’ve partnered with legendary coding instructor Colt Steele to develop a cutting-edge curriculum covering everything from Python and SQL to the latest JavaScript frameworks that employers are hiring for, React and Node. As part of the course, you’ll build your own production-ready web apps to showcase to employers. You’ll also be paired with a personal mentor, an experienced software engineer currently working in the industry, who will guide you throughout the course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Climb Credit: Pay $500 upfront. Then make low monthly payments of
    $61-121 during the course, and $346-380 for 33 months after.
    Tuition PlansOne-time Upfront Payment: $8500 Month-to-month: $1,150/month
    Refund / GuaranteeLand a software engineering job in 6 months of graduating or get a full tuition refund.
    ScholarshipWe offer a $750 scholarship for women in tech and veterans.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelPrerequisites: JavaScript fundamentals & programmatic problem solving skills. Recommended: HTML & CSS fundamentals
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI / UX Design Career Track

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    Data Visualization, Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week39 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$8,200
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Want to break into the tech and have a creative impact? Even if you have no previous design or tech experience, you can become a UI or UX designer in 9 months, equipped to own the product design process end-to-end. With our guarantee, if you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition will be refunded. The course curriculum is ideal for those looking to career transition from non-design related backgrounds. You'll learn to apply design tools and concepts in the context of real-life design problems. Receive rigorous training from user research and wireframes to high fidelity mockups and working with developers to implement them. Build your confidence and a stellar portfolio curated from hands-on projects with clients. You have the flexibility to study online whilst working full time. Plus get 1-1 expert mentor support and a dedicated career coach to ensure your success throughout your journey.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner: Climb Financing.
    Deferred Tuition: Pay $700 upfront, and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$1099/month, $8,200 upfront, or deferred tuition
    Refund / GuaranteeJob Guarantee
    Scholarship$750 for women and veterans
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAll backgrounds are welcome as long as you can demonstrate strong visual, creativity, and communication skills.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewNo
  • UX Career Track

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    Data Visualization, Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,400
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Become a UX designer in six months, job guaranteed! The UX Career Track is an intensive user experience course with a full career services component. With our guarantee, if you don’t land a job within six months of graduating, your tuition will be refunded. This self-paced, mentor-guided, online bootcamp is designed for people with adjacent skills from a few specific backgrounds: visual design, coding, marketing, and research. With the fundamentals already in place, you'll master design thinking, develop cross-functional communication skills, and create real-world projects that you can show off in a unique portfolio. After graduation, you’ll continue to enjoy the support of career coaches and access to our employer network so that you can land an entry-level UX job.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Lending partner: Climb Financing.
    Deferred Tuition: Pay $500 upfront, and the rest when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans$1199/month, $5,400 upfront, or deferred tuition
    Refund / GuaranteeJob Guarantee
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAcademic or professional experience in user design or development oriented fields.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewNo

1 Scholarship

  • $500 Springboard Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Springboard scholarship for $500 off tuition!

    Eligibility

    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship. & This scholarship cannot be combined with other offers.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Data Science Career Track (Online)
    • Machine Learning Engineering Career Track (Online)
    • UX Career Track (Online)
    • Data Analytics Career Track (Online)

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  • Highly recommend
    - 3/24/2017
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    Compared to other online data science training programs, the best part of the SpringBoard is the mentor system in which they assigned a prominent Data Scientist working in the industry as your mentor. Using google search, everyone can easily find thousands websites for the data science courses. However, for the people without data science background, like me, it is very hard to know what kind of knowledge and skills for the data science in the real world. This training equipped with both theoretical and practical skills to solve industry problems. With the mentor system, I was assigned a mentor to learn first hand how to think like and solve problems like a data scientist. At the end of the training, I finished a project to solve a data science issue in the real world. The feedback from the expert is extremely important for those people want to find a data science job but have no experience on that. The only one thing to complain is my mentor knows too much, it is hard for me to digest all of them in a short time. Except for the mentor system, I also enjoyed the data science community. In the community, you can post questions or share experience with others. I always learned a lot of update information about data science there even after finished the training program.

  • Landon Barnickle • Consulting Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Springboard's Data Science Intensive is a great blend of self paced study, practical coursework, and mentor led training. As part of my mid-career self improvement, I had begun looking at post graduate data science programs at nearby universities. During my research I came across Springboard which was offering a course of training that covered all the same topics as the university programs with better cost and schedule, and complete with access to a data science mentor currently working in the industry.

    Having completed the program in early 2017, I feel I came out with a solid technical foundation in data science techniques and tools. On top of that, the practical advice from my awesome mentors was highly valuable with insights into day to day responsibilities and expectations. And, while the sense of community may not have been directly integrated into the course, Springboard does provide the infrastructure of slack channels and office hours for support and communication among students. 

  • Andrew • Student • Student
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    Hey everyone, I want to let everyone know that this workshop has changed my life.
    As a student in software engineering... Sticking with the discipline and the kind of learning I went through, it didn't give me a wider range of knowledge i wished to seek.
    There was no design or human interaction involved out of school. There was no vibe of control over the things you want to do. Everything was structured and it just wasn't my taste.
    So, I decided to take UX Design in hope that it would play along side with my Engineering/Programming background and build a more diverse portfolio.

    In the workshop, I finished it in 3 months. Depending on how much time you want to put in it, how fast you want to complete it is all up to you. Obviously the more effort you put into the workshop the more you get out of it. It was very flexible to my time but also intimidating to the point where you're not making use of all your money if you decide to miss a week or even 2 weeks. I honestly could've finished it faster if i put my full focus into the workshop. And that's the point of this program, you work at your own pace and you figure out when you can subsidize it with your daily routine.

    I've learned quite a big chunk of stuff and used it to my advantage for my school courses(depends) as well as outside business work.
    Do you think I recommend this workshop? I definitely do. You will also get a mentor that will guide you through the course and make sure you succeed with satisfaction. Heck, I already miss my mentor :c

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    I signed up for this class to help me make data driven choices in my client experience role and I can say that the desired result was acheived. I loved being able to work at my own pace and focus on aspects of the coursework that were particularly useful to me while still having the accoountability and support provided by weekly mentor calls.

  • Maneesh Janyavula • Software engineer • Applicant
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    I have taken the data science intensive course which is python based and it really helped me gain a proper understanding on how to deal with cleaning data, pre processing data, doing exploratory data analysis and machine learning. The course material is great. It is simple and easy to learn. The 1:1 mentor sessions every week was super helpful combined with an entire community of data scientists helped me engage in several things. The youtube videos on career and interview prep helped me a lot as well. The topics discovered were very much aligned to what they would expect in a data science interview. I even had a couple of mock interviews. In overall, a great experience, definitely recommend it.

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    My experience with the UX Design course at Springboard was incredibly pleasant. The materials gathered and provided to the student are thorough without being overwhelming. Being able to work at my own pace has always been the best way to learn for me and the mentor calls provided insight that you wouldn't be able to receive in a traditional classroom setting. My mentor encouraged and helped me set proper goals for our next calls and in the end I had a great portfolio to use for future positions. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to further their UX knowledge and build a portfolio.

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    I really enjoyed the Springboard UX design program. It's self-paced, so you do have to have some motivation to finish / get work done, but I found the curriculum to be a great overview of all aspects of UX. I thought all the info was relevant and interesting, and confirmed that I want to work in UX for a career!

    As for timeline, I was able to finish the program in one month while also working a part time job. I only felt a little pressed for time at the very end when I was finishing up the final project.

    The mentor calls were particularly helpful, especially for career and portfolio advice. Overall I thought this course was great and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in UX.

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    It was a pleasure and I enjoyed it very much! Upfront I read that former students found Springboard to be so effective because of the mentor calls. That is, for sure, a very important reason. But I want to add that I find the current curricular also very well thought through. I noticed how I was able to put more and more pieces together and create a complete picture of what the course was promising. Well done guys! Thank you very much and all the best to you! I can definitely recommend Springboard!

  • Review
    - 12/22/2016
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    This is a review of the Foundations of Data Science course through Springboard. I've found the course to be very thorough and specifically catered to an individual with little to no knowledge of the basic tools of large data compilation, analysis and presentation. Real-life data is messy and the course caters to the basic process of cleaning and compiling data that is then suited for hypothesis driven analysis.

    It is expensive and well worth if only individuals have substantial time allocated in the day to completed both learning of concepts as well as implementation of the code. One can avail of several shortcuts during the course , which would severly handicap the learning experience. Hence the onus lies on the individual to put an honest effort to work through the datasets in conjunction with the instructors to get the best out of the course.

    The self paced learning and the help of the instructor helps busy individuals like me to get a grasp of odd concepts and move through the course. Along with my assigned project I was able to apply concepts to my personal work which is doubly satisfying.

    If I were to repeat this course, I would go through the courses in Datacamp, complete them and then join the Foundations course.

     

  • Ben Northern • Graphic Designer • Student
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    With a wonderfully-planned curriculum, an extremely helpful support staff and continuous guidance from a professional mentor, I have learned so much!  And I actually had fun while learning.  Springboard has cultivated an active community of students and graduates.  I would recommend this course for anyone interested in a UX career or anyone who just wants to add UX Design to their skill set.  Ongoing mini projects help you apply what you have learned, and they add up to form a thorough capstone project.  I would recommend giving this course 2-3 months, so projects have a chance to fully form and are not rushed. Overall, a fantastic experience.

  • Ben I. • Graduate
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    I took the Data Analytics for Business course this Fall, and it was easily the best career decision I've ever made. Nearly one month after the course ended I recieved a job offer to do data analytics at a consulting firm. Here's why I'm prepared for this job:

    First off, my instructor was an analytics expert whose passion and patience is remarkable. All of the feedback I recieved was constructive, positive, and timely. Additionally, his advice on the job application/interview process made all the difference for me. 

    Second, the course material is challenging, applicable to "real world" analytics work, and surprisingly fun. I found myself wanting to do even more case study work when I completed the course material. 

    Finally, the Springboard team is a group of happy professionals who truly, sincerely want to see you succeed. That's awesome.

    I would recommend this course to anyone looking to make a career pivot into analytics, or to those who simply want to add analytics concepts into their current position. 

  • Maria • Senior Designer • Student
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    I discovered Springboard through the Philly design community and it's been a great decision. I've been working as an agency designer for close to 10 years and was at a point in my career where I knew I needed to make some changes to stay relevant with the rapidly evolving industry. Grad school wasn't looking like the best option, due to its expense and timeframe. For these reasons, Springboard is an excellent alternative to a long-term degree. You get a solid understanding of the core principles of UX design, and their curriculum provides you with a good range of articles and videos from top sources. This is especially helpful since, if you just do a search of UX articles without having any real background in it, the sheer amount of information out there can be overwhelming. By curating a collection of content, Springboard makes it easier to navigate learning about UX design. It was exactly the type of program I was looking for, and I'm glad that I'm able to apply what I'm learning in my office. My student advisor, Catherina, is always pleasant, responsive, and helpful, and my student mentor, Emily, is fantastic. Super knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive. It makes a difference speaking directly to someone who knows the ropes and can provide input. So glad I enrolled!

  • Griffin Macaulay • Web Designer and Illustrator • Graduate
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    First, let me say that this isn't an easy course. At least it shouldn't be if you're pushing yourself. It is worth your time and money if it's something you're serious about. If you're not sure, be aware of that before investing.

    With that out of the way, I can say with confidence that this is a very good way to get started and branch out into the world of User Experience Design. You'll complete a couple of projects that will walk you through how to approach problems in order to solve them accurately with the added tutelage of a skilled UX professional at your side. It will teach you to fail quickly and be okay with it. You'll learn to find and interview users within a targeted demographic, synthesize patterns and solutions from the data collected, and create quick, iterative prototypes to quickly check to see if you're solving your specific problem well or not. It's a good class.

    If you're a working professional in the field, consider asking your company to cover or help cover the tuition. What you learn from this course will end up helping them in return. I worked very hard in this course for four months and got a lot out of it, and by completing it you'll retain access to the material (even as it evolves and changes) for life. It's a very solid investment in yourself, you just have to be a good self-motivator in order to make it through to the end.

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    This was a great start to my foray into Data Science. I got acquainted with the tools and methods of the trade, and completed interesting assignments and projects. I took the course to see if Data Science was something that I wanted to pursue further, and now I'm enrolled in a Masters program. The mentorship was especially helpful, and I think Springboard was well worth the time and money.

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    I am currently a student of the Foundation of Data Science course. I must say, the course is excelllent! The mentor I have is an awesome person.

    This is an great experience for me. I definitely recommend the course for those who are interested in becoming a data scientist. I await the job assistance is the reason for low rating at the moment. However, I am absolutely confident Springboard will place me on my dream job as a data scientist. 

     

  • Carmen Martínez • Data analyst at GeoPhy • Graduate
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    The course was great. I learnt all the tools needed to be a good data scientist. Having a supervisor and a project to work on, makes the entire learning experience enriching and exciting. 

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    - 12/20/2016
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    I really like the online course. It use multi-media which is very clear. My mentor is so nice and patient. He is very smart to guide me throng the whole design process. I also like the interaction in the student community, which allowed us to learn from each other. 

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    i am currently enrolled and definitely think this a great course for UX! From the curriculum that helps you learn the basics of UX to the mentor calls with someone working in UX, to the weekly office hours I have learned a lot about the UX field! It seems to be preparing me well for the UX field because I am finding that the course contact has prepared me for the UX networking that I have done so far! I am confident after I get through the course I will have a good portfolio and base for getting into the field! I would definitely recommend the course to anyone looking to see if UX is the field for them and to develop a portfolio and basic UX knowledge!

  • Great Course
    - 12/20/2016
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    One of the best Online courses I have attended. Program structure is very good... Mentor are knowledgable, responsive. Datacamp team is very helpful through out the course. Overall a greap experience 

  • Brenden Martin • Director Of Marketing and Technology • Graduate
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    At my job, we noticed a big need for someone with UX Design experience to fully vet out projects and ideas prior to pushing them into development. I was granted the ability to take the UX Design course through Springboard and instantly loved the setup. I was able to log on whenever, have tons of curriculum to go through. Lessons were easy to follow along and the project I did was extremely useful in my own life. Each week I met with Dave Hawkins who is a very talented mentor and made complex items very easy to understand. I have seen an improvement in my work, my clients happiness and am able to attack problems better after completing the course. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a career in UX design. 

  • Worked immediately!
    - 12/19/2016
    Justin Calingasan • Product Designer • Graduate
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    The course was very relevant for my job and I was applying learnings to my work as I went with the units in the course. I think that as a test for usability, it doesn't get more usable than that.

  • Mike • Student
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    The Data Science Intensive course at Springboard turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.  It brings together a good collection of content and exercises to allow students to adapt a technical background to current data science skills and tools. 

    When I applied, I didn't appreciate how beneficial the mentoring structure is in building both knowledge and confidence.  Besides being very helpful with the technical curriculum when I get stuck, we also spend time talking about the data science industry as a whole to help prepare for my job search once I get through the rest of the course. 

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    The Data Analytics for Business course had :-

    1)Great content- the case submission every alternate week kept me on the track. Being an analytical thinker,I read the material and jumped straight to the case assignment due.

    During the weekly mentor call, I discussed my problem solutions and approach with my Mentor who was very helpful.She gave me great feedback and examples from her job which I inculcated in my final submission.

    2)The weekly mentor calls kept me accountable to always be working on the course content. That is the best part about this course.

    Great experience. Would highly recommend this course!

     

  • Dario • Volume Sales Coordinator • Graduate
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    You might be wondering how someone with no background in tech decided to enroll in a UX design course. I was an Area Manager with Costco for 5 years, 9 years with them in total, and I just started to get desperate; looking for a way out. One of my close friends has been successful in his career, and he is now a Talent Coordinator (or something like that. it doesn't even sound like a real job). We were hanging out and I was venting about my dislike for my career choice, then he suggested that I look into UX design. We went to college together, and we both have a degree in visual arts, so he knew I had creativity in me. He even recommended Springboard. 

    The more I read about UX, the more I felt like I was already doing it, in a way. I worked in an area where I was consistently redisigning the customer's shopping experience... physically. The concept came very naturally to me, and I felt confident that I could apply it to mobile and web design, so I enrolled. 

    It seems that the staff at Springboard are very open and very helpful. I never had an email that went unanswered. My mentor was very positive, encouraging and understanding. Through the first half of the course, I was very motivated. I didn't fully understand the first project, a harvard design challenge, which was to "redesign the gift-giving experience." I thought to myself, "Aren't gifts supposed to be a surprise? Why would I interview someone about the gift they want?" It wasn't until I forced myself through the project that I got a clearer understanding of what to do. When I moved on to my own project idea is when the wheels started to really turn. 

    There are a lot of articles to read and a lot of videos to watch; all with important information, most are very boring and monotone. I suppose it's tough to find highly skilled UX designers with a lot of charisma... Anyway, I always had questions, and I always emailed my mentor about them. He always replied with an answer, but sometimes it was better to discuss on our weekly video chat. 

    The process of UX was new to me, so even though I really didn't like it, I was excited about it. There were so many new terms and unfamiliar ideas, so it was a challenge. At some points, I felt like many aspects of UX were a bit pretentious or unnecessary, but that's coming from me; a person who is new to this world. 

    I've never been fully motivated to do research, conduct interviews or gather data. I have done these things in the past, but only because they were part of the job. In UX, that IS the job. Still, I went ahead and spoke with family, friends, co-workers and even posted in the Springboard Community on Google+ for help. It turned out that I enjoyed creating surveys and gathering data. I just don't like talking to people (haha). Even in the Springboard Community I felt somewhat uncomfortable because it seemed like all the members where overwhelmingly positive. It was either that, or they were faking it, and both ideas were a turn-off to me. However, I can't complain too much because many of them did participate in my surveys and things and even provided feedback. So, if I ever didn't thank you, then just let me do it now. 

    My favorite part of this course was the actual designing. I enjoy sketching, and it turns out that I love the Sketch program (I paid $100 for it, one time payment, worth it). I've never used it before, but I picked it up really quick. My mentor was legitimately impressed with my first round of wireframes. This part of the course is where I put the most effort in, where I spent the most time, and somehow where I started to lose motivation. The work became very tedious and repetitive, but I suppose that is the case with most things. Again, I pushed through. I eventually had a testable wireframe flow that I uploaded to InVision. Once I started to get feedback from that, my motivation went back up. I guess it's nice to see some sort of result after putting in a lot of work. 

    I designed two flows for my mobile app project, my mentor approved them, and then I moved on to create a presentation. You can view my Capstone Project here

    Where am I now?

    Well, just before I started the course I had demoted myself from my management position. I was headed that direction regardless, because I was unhappy/unfulfilled, but it would've been really tough to work a 10-hour day, come home exhausted, and focus even harder on my course work. So now I was in a position with much less stress and more energy to dedicate to the course.

    Things just seemed to fall into place. In my last week with Springboard, I was brought into a new position. It wasn't exactly a promotion, but it was new and I enjoyed the work. It was an undiscovered territory for Costco, so it was up to me to figure out what the position entailed. It turns out that my newfound UX knowledge played a big part in my new position. I was creating spreadsheets, gathering data, talking to members about their needs and just doing a lot of brainstorming in general. I've been in this positions for 3 months so far, and I'm actually enjoying it. 

    I was the Merchandising Manager in my warehouse, which is senior level. My annual salary was $68,500, my shift started at 2:00am, and I my days off were Wednesday and Sunday. I am now the Volume Sales Coordinator, I make $24/hour with a bi-annual bonus of $2,500, and I work Monday-Friday starting at 5:00am. I make less money, but I'm much happier.

    In the end, I am glad I took this course, and I'm glad I have this experience under my belt. However, I don't see myself applying for jobs in UX. I just don't think I can be a functional part of that type of work environment. Although, I think this course would be exponentially better if it helped to get you actual experience in the field; even an unpaid part-time internship. My idea of the work environment is a total assumption. I, and most students, would benefit greatly from a real-world experience in the field without a full committment on the student's part, as well as the employer's. Regardless, the experience that I gained here is something that I hope to use if/when one of my creative endeavors come to fruition.  

     

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