We know it’s important for our students to be seen as individuals, and treated as such, as they move through UX Academy.
Different students have different needs when it comes to their education, as well as different ways in which they feel best supported. Students may also have an area of focus that’s more important to them than someone else who’s coming into the program from a different background or walk of life. That’s why we take a number of factors into consideration when we match our students with UX design mentors.
Since mentorship is such a large component of the learning journey with Designlab, we try to ensure that students and mentors are an optimally compatible fit. In this post, we’ll explain our approach to mentorship and what’ve we’ve learned over the years to ensure that students and mentors are a good fit.
A Unique Approach to Mentorship
Since starting Designlab back in 2013, we’ve worked to continually incorporate student feedback into our course curriculum and structure. As a result, we know that mentors are of central importance, and that many of our students select a bootcamp like UX Academy because of the personalized, 1:1 mentorship experience.
We’ve continued to think about mentorship on increasingly deeper levels over the past couple of years in an attempt to understand what aspects, on both the student side and mentor side, go into making a good match. It’s important to us that we approach mentor matching with the same rigor that we tackle other parts of the program, such as writing curriculum, cultivating strong portfolios, and helping our students land a job. Taking such a focused and individualized approach to mentorship is a key part of what makes us different from other UI/UX design course providers, and also means our students have a more enriching and supportive UI/UX design learning journey.
Our research has shown that each of our students has their own needs when it comes to how to best facilitate their learning. Taking on a new skill and making a career change can feel daunting, and mentors serve as a major source of feedback and support for students during this time. That’s why we put ample thought and effort into matching our students with one of our great UI/UX design mentors, to help guide and support them on a personal level through this eventful and life-changing journey.