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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), in addition to Digital Marketing and Cybersecurity courses. 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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  • Cybersecurity Career Track

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    Penetration Testing, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $2,900
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online
    Your springboard to a cybersecurity career The cybersecurity industry is expected to have 3.5 million high paying unfilled jobs by 2021 (source). If you have experience in related technical fields and are interested in a cybersecurity career, now is the time to get started! In this bootcamp, you will develop your cybersecurity skill set under the guidance of an industry expert who will mentor you 1-on-1 throughout the course. With our online labs, you can advance the technical skills needed to make systems and software more secure as well as prepare for passing the certification exam. All this will culminate in a multi-part capstone project that you can highlight on your resume for prospective employers. You will also get bonus prep materials to help you pass the CISSP certification so you stand out when applying for software security analyst roles. Career transitions are hard, but we’ll support you every step of the way - until you are hired. By the end of the course, you will: - Develop the technical proficiency needed to make software and applications more secure - Gain preparation to help you pass the CISSP security certification - Be able to conduct a full risk and vulnerability assessment for a software application, write a report of your findings and recommend improvements. - Have the skills to get hired for Software/Application Security Analyst roles
    Financing
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Climb Credit available.Deferred Tuition available. Pay when you get a job.
    Tuition Plans
    $2900
    Scholarship
    Women in Tech Veterans
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Data Analytics Career Track

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    Python, SQL, Excel, Data Visualization, Data Analytics
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $5,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online
    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
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    Financing
    Climb financing availableDeferred 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 / Guarantee
    Become a data analyst. Job Guaranteed.
    Scholarship
    $500 scholarship for veterans and women in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    2 years of professional work experience working regularly with office, design or programming tools. Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    Prep Work
    None
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • 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 size
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    Location
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    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
    Deposit
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    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.
    Scholarship
    Women in Tech Veterans
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Comfortable programming and comfortable with statistics.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    No
  • 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 size
    N/A
    Location
    Online
    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
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    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginnger
    Prep Work
    None
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
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  • Digital Marketing Career Track

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    Digital Marketing, Excel, Growth Hacking, SEO
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $3,300
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online
    If you're looking to get a fulfilling digital marketing job, Springboard’s Digital Marketing Career Track is the perfect course for you. The Digital Marketing Career Track is a 200+ hour online course. You’ll learn core digital marketing skills and work 1-on-1 with an expert digital marketer on projects designed to help you showcase your competency in this rapidly evolving field. You’ll also learn how to leverage these skills in the job market through a career-focused curriculum and personalized career coaching. We’ll offer all the support you need to land a digital marketing job successfully, from resume review, mock interviews, to exclusive employer partnerships. You’ll get a foot in the door people usually work years to gain.
    Financing
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Lending partner available: Affirm. Low monthly payments starting at $145 per month.
    Tuition Plans
    $2394, or $499 per month
    Refund / Guarantee
    7-day risk-free rebate period
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • 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 size
    N/A
    Location
    Online
    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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Climb Credit
    Tuition Plans
    $7,940 upfront $1490/month Climb Credit Loan
    Refund / Guarantee
    Job Guarantee. Get a job after 6 months or get your money back.
    Scholarship
    Women In Tech: $750 Veterans: $750
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    N/A
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • UX Career Track

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    Design, User Experience Design, Data Visualization
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $5,400
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online
    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
    Deposit
    N/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 / Guarantee
    Job Guarantee
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Academic or professional experience in user design or development oriented fields.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    No

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

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  • Annapoorani Chockalingam • Graduate
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    I am very happy that I took Data Science Career Track course with springboard. My Mentor Dipanjan was awesome. He helped me a lot in all technical details. He motivated me throughout the program. Career counselors are also very supportive in preparing resume and in job search. I highly recommend this course

  • Review Springboard
    - 11/15/2018
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    I'm very satisfied with Springboard in every aspect. The lessons are well-made, valuable and useful. My mentor, the team and the support were excellent. The things I would improve, that I would optionally make it possible to lengthen the time of the weekly calls. I would give more attention and time to the career development. Overall I'm highly satisfied with the course, I would recommend to any of my friends who are interested to learn UX Design.  

  • Diego Encarnacion • UX Designer • Graduate
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    Springboard's course on User Experience (UX) Design profoundly changed my career path. Only three years ago,  I was a philosophy major at Vassar College. While I was a tech-enthusiast, I always believed that my non-coding background limited my ability to enter this field once I graduated. However, by sheer luck, I stumbled upon Springboard's online UX course and signed up. At the time, I hardly had any little knowledge of what UX was at all. Now, as a UX Designer at IBM, I cannot stress how pivotal this course in enabling me to jumpstart my career.

    Springboard uses an intuitive website to guide students through the various stages of designing a mobile application or website (which may conveniently enough be used as a portfolio piece). Utilizing a mixture of articles, interactive courses, and videos, I was able to gain a firm understanding of the different design research methodologies popular in the field. This was important on two fronts. Firstly,  these techniques helped me design better applications, since tools like card sorts, interviews, and wireframings genuinely help you design better experiences and can be applied virtually anywhere. Secondly, the techniques I learnt served as buzzwords to those I interviewed with for UX Design roles that demonstrated my knowledge in the field.

    On top of this, there were two aspects that made this course truly successful. The first was the weekly Skype calls with a design mentor. At the start of the course, I was assigned a mentor who was a professional in the field. Once a week I could consult her with any questions about the coursework, or any career-related questions I had. Cultivating this relationship humanized the course for me, and transformed it from a collection of videos and literature to a full-fledged course. The second aspects that stood out to me was the price. At 400 dollars a month, you really can't complain given the material you're given. I was able to go on to develop 4 portfolio pieces with other clients after the course to build my name- other popular alternatives such as General Assembly will run you thousands of dollars more.

    Overall, would definitely recommend this course! 

  • Good experience
    - 11/12/2018
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    I acquired important and new skills for data scientist position. I appreciated the projects because I could work with different data set and also the Data Camp lessons.

  • Yisroel Lazerson • Sr. Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I come from a software engineering background.  I have been developing data-centric applications for over a decade but have never did any data science.

    I always wanted to take it to the next level by learning data science/machine learning, but I always found it too difficult to do on my own. There's just too much knowledge/learning-paths/etc. out there that I kept getting confused on which way to proceed.

    Thankfully, I found Springboard. They have been an absolute lifesaver. The best thing about the course is that it lays out a clear path on how to get from A to Z. No more constant confusion. The mentors there really helped guide me and keep me focused on what really mattered and not get lost down a rabbit hole etc.

    The course takes a lot of work. But by the end of the course I was already able to implement data science solutions for my employer. 

    'Tis been an amazing experience - I highly recommend Springboard! 

  • Rafael Moura • Graduate
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    From start to finish I was very pleased with this program. It does require you to stay focused and self motivated but as long as you can keep a good work ethic I don't see why someone should succeed in this program. It was very informative and the courses were quite thorough. 10 out 10 would recommend this program to anyone who desires to pursue a career in UX design.

  • Noel Hernandez • Support Lead • Graduate
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    I had a wonderful experience with Springboard, my mentor really helped learn a lot from this course. The combination of online classes with a human touch of a mentor is fantastic. Also, the fact that you are working with real companies/business projects that help you think from a different perspective. Overall, I recommend this course to business analytics beginners and pro's since the course help you understand each tool from the beginning to the end. I have used my learnings in my current job and in my personal business projects. 

  • Zhenfeng Liu • Data Scientist • Graduate
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    I attended the Springboard Data Science Career Track program for ~5 months. I did some research before entering. I had some coding and data analysis experience before entering. This one suits me the best among other data science courses, because (1) It's online, so I don't have to quit my job. (2) It's mentor supported, very few if any online program offer that (3) It has a job guarantee. Overall, the experience was fantastic.

    The curriculum, while not perfect, is well curated and organized and covers not just technical subjects, but also career support. I get 30 minutes with a mentor every week to review my assignments, answer my questions, etc. My mentor had similar background as I do and had gone through the academia to industry transition before, so he was able to offer valuable advices in addition to technical guidance. At the end of the course, I was required to pass 4 mock interviews and complete two capstone projects which prepared me a lot for the job hunting. I landed interviews from many companies, from start-up to large companies like Amazon, near the end of my study. Though, I have to say, the course alone won't be enough for interviews at the likes of Amazon and Google, it should be sufficient to help you land you positions at mid-tier companies.

    Overall, I find what I learned very useful, the experience with my mentor pleasant, and the cost reasonable. If you are someone who is considering transition to data science, but cannot quit your job for dedicated bootcamps, I definitely recommend this program from Springboard.

  • Ian Farrell • Jr. Product Designer • Graduate
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    I went into Springboard not really knowing very much about uxer experience besides the random articles I parsed over, but I was looking for a career change in a field that still had a lot of design aspects. I chose Springboard mostly for budgeting reasons, but found out that I was liking the program once I started. I liked that I could go at my own pace and that my mentor was able to guide me through what I should more be focusing on with the strengths I already had. I really enjoyed doing my final project and was super proud of it, plus I feel like I've been growing ever since in my design chops. Overall, I'm pretty grateful towards the program, and glad I decided to do it, I don't think I'd be in my current position without it. 

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    - 11/9/2018
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    The course was great for beginner, very well structured and organised. You learn by doing and accomplishing tasks one by one. My drawback was not knowing much of the Design software to make graphics look more polished and professional. You learn the process of the UX design and what it entails. It is great for beginner level and as a pre cursor to more expensive options out there.

  • Michael Olheiser • Info Security Analyst • Student
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    Having a B.S. in Math reduced the learning curve for me to complete the content in the Introduction to Data Science course but the real challenge and fun came from the projects and interaction with my mentor and the community. Learning and research is not a solo effort and Springboard has designed their program around that. The weekly meetings with my mentor who was very knowledgeable and motivating pushed me to keep progressing on with my project and try new things that I never thought about in my previous education. Overall the course made me appreciate the lengthy and challenging in a Data Science project and how much you really need to work with other people to accomplish tasks. 

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    My overall experience with Springboard was great. The most powerful part is the weekly mentor calls and career coach service. When I got stuck in my project, my mentor showed me how to overcome the problem and what companies are looking for in real-life situations. He also provided great feenbacks on my projects and my questions on real data science life. The career coach sevice was excellent and of great help on strategies in expanding networks, improving resumes/cover letters...

  • Binlin Xia • Graduate
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    I really like the structure of the course and the assignments. You get to work on your own project so you are very passionate about this topic so you would put more work into it. I also enjoy the mentorship since you get feedback and you are expected to complete certain works each and every week. This is a very good medium between extremely hands-off approach where you don't have anyone to lead you and Bootcamp where you need to put 24/7 effort into it. I just only feel that the time allotted to be able to talk to the mentor each week is a little limited. But overall a good experience! I am just trying to be very self-motivated!

  • Melanie • Illustrator and Designer • Student
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    I decided take the Springboard UX design course over three months and I learned so much! It's definitely a starting off point, as you complete one project during the course and most UX careers will inquire more experience and material in your portfolio. But I feel like I know enough now to dive into creating my own case studies and build my portfolio. During the course, I was able to keep up with the projects and curriculum while I was juggling other work related projects, which was a huge plus for me. Also, being paired with a mentor was a game changer. It helped me talk about what I was learning so I could better understand why and how the material would be applicable in a real world context. I also really appreciated being able to get one on one feedback on my projects so I could be sure I was headed in the right direction. Some projects and reading materials took longer to get through than I had expected, but that might have been just me as I took a lot of notes! I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who is interested in learning UX! 

  • UX Design
    - 11/8/2018
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    The Springboard UX Design was a great experience.  My mentor was very helpful and worked with me on improving my capstone project.  The capstone projects are unique to the students.  They also have a pause option if you need  break. I would take another course from Springboard. 

  • Lissette • Senior Graphic Designer • Graduate
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    Springboard has been great since day one, I still feel like part of the Springboard family even after graduating. Thanks to Springboard I was able to land a new job even before graduating just by putting it in my resume that I am soon to graduate. 

  • James • Visual Designer • Graduate
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    To start, I had no experience in UX design. My background was video (production/editing) and graphic design. I wanted to expand my skillset but not break the bank on those other courses so I chose Springboard.

    Pros:
    - My mentor, Sarah, was amazing. Her background in UX was mind blowing and gave great inputs on my projects and great advice on everything. 
    - The Capstone project was really cool to do, it pretty much built my portfolio and the mentor helps you along every step of the way.
    - The smaller assignments were great tools to learn about UX design and it really helps grasp some concepts.
    - You can work at your pace, finish quicker if you wanted, or finish at a later date than expected.

    Cons:
    - I don't think the course material is all that great. It's just articles and videos online curated by the staff and I honestly didn't feel I was "learning" much from them.
    - The course I took was online, so if you don't put in time and work, you won't get anywhere and waste $$.

    Overall:
    I think with the Springboard UX Design course, you get what you put in. If you are determined to build a great portfolio and get things done on your own, this will help you grasp the concepts and push something out so you can interview. If you need someone to babysit you and teach you things page by page, this is not for you. Don't take this course expecting them to set you up with a job or anything. Luckily for me, around the time I finished my project, I applied to a position that was looking for someone with my background + UX Design and they were impressed with my portfolio so I didn't need the job counseling that my mentor initially offered. 

  • Awesome!!!!!
    - 11/8/2018
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    Great cirriculum, amazing mentor....love love love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deirdre • UX designer • Student
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    I just completed the UX course on Springboard. I found the content excellent. There’s so much relevant material from Mobile UX to lean. All the projects I submitted were used for my capstone project for my portfolio. The community are so helpful and you can see other students work if you’re not sure how to go about a project. My mentor was a fantastic help. It’s such a privilege to get a call every week from an expert in the industry. My mentor Brent was very positive and has so much experience. Any question I had he answered. Really enjoyed the course and so happy with my portfolio! 

  • Great experience!
    - 11/7/2018
    Sonya Y • Student
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    I made sure to do my homework before investing any of my time or money into a program. Off the bat, Springboard made me feel like a college freshman again - a little excited, a little scared but overall getting you excited to learn again. Other programs made me feel like I was some sort of sales lead or money bag rather than a prospective student. 

    The program itself is very laid back - so you get what you make of it. If you put your whole heart into every section, you will get a lot of information. I also opted for Springboard because it was online and I wouldn't have to quit my job in order to do a career change. It was difficult to balance work, studying and my social life - but their mentor program really does help to push you along if you need the help. The mentor program and community are great! I think without my mentor I wouldn't have been able to push myself as hard. There was an emphasize that she was going to push me, but not micro-manage me. We were both adults so we were able to have a really well balanced relationship. 

    I would recommend this program to anyone looking to have some flexibility while doing a career change.

  • Amanda Starling • Creative Product Analyst • Student
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    The perfect course on User Experience. Springboard is the perfecet balance of introduction to UX and enhanced experience for intermediate learners. As a professional who has worked in the field for about three years, Springboard provided me the skills and experience I wanted to enhance our UX at my workplace.

    The course is centered on a capstone project with a series of lessons centered on adding to and enhancing a presentable portfolio. Springboard matches students with some of the top tier professionals in the industry to coach and provide feedback on the project. My mentor not only provided in-depth feedback, but treated me from the beginning as a professional in a real world setting. I was treated as a UX consultant and professional, as if I were designing for a real client and project manager.

    Springboard provided the most detailed and immersive UX course I've found and experienced, and I recommend it to people of all levels, from beginner entry level to experienced professional.

  • Carmen Preston
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    I just completed the UX Design course. I am so glad I chose Springboard... I learned so much. Having a mentor guiding me, providing feedback and encouraging me was my favorite part. Also, the program is organized and made a lot of sense. They offer different ways of learning the content either by reading an article, watching a video or practicing with easy to follow assignments. I would definitely recommend this program!

  • Rachel • UX Designer • Graduate
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    Springboard's UX course really held a ton of value for me. I started the course working towards a promotion to UX Designer at my company. I'd been doing the work, but was just missing the foundations. This course was exactly what I needed. I learned everything I needed to know to build a solid foundation to help me continue to learn and ask the right questions. My one on one mentor was the best mentor I've ever had! It is truly worth it if you are newish to the feild and need a solid base to pair with your experience.

  • UX Design
    - 9/12/2018
    Elizabeth Carlyle • Graduate
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    Just turned in my capstone project to complete the UX Design Course. The course was worth every penny! You get paired with an established UX design professional who helps guide you through the course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to get their foot in the door and learn about UX design.

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