Carly Schonberg spent most of her early career as a graphic designer. She was in her most recent role working with a small events company for 6.5 years, where she started as a freelance graphic and web designer and was eventually brought on as a full time employee, shuffling into a product design role as their virtual offerings grew.
Having gotten a taste of all stages of product design at her last job, she found the people-focused aspects of UX design really interesting.
“I was feeling a bit stuck in my design career and wanted to take the next step, but wasn't getting any responses to my job applications. UX Academy fixed that!” says Carly.
Carly’s UX Academy Journey
“I was attracted to Designlab because of the Career Services phase. I had confidence in myself as a designer, and I had a feeling I wasn't getting noticed in my job hunt because my knowledge on promoting myself was outdated and lacking,” says Carly.
“To be honest, I thought I would breeze through the design portion of UX Academy, and I couldn't wait to get through it and on to working with a Career Coach. But I was SO pleasantly surprised by how challenging and fulfilling the entire experience was! I really enjoyed challenging myself with totally different projects, and new design tools that didn't even exist when I started my previous job. I also loved interacting with the community of students, learning from them and sharing my design experience with them. It really helped to shake off the rust and inspire me.”