Career Resources for Beginner UX Designers

Launching a career in UX can seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. What you need is a plan and no-bs, realistic advice so you know how to proceed and where to invest your time. This potent combination will give you the boost to pursue your goals and tick off all the items on your to-do list:

1. Learning UX design 🧑‍🎓

Are UX bootcamps worth it? ↗

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UX bootcamps are all the rage, but we hear many success stories from self-taught UXers as well. So, is dropping thousands of dollars on a UX bootcamp worth it? In this unbiased article, we lay out the facts, starting from the reputation of UX as a career and answering heavy questions such as:

  • Are UX bootcamps worth it?
  • Are job guarantees legit?
  • Is a bootcamp certificate enough to get a job?
  • Are “Top Bootcamps” lists shady?

2. Building experience 🐣

A Senior Designer’s Guide to UX Internships ↗

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Our Senior Designer, Luca, shares what she learned as UX design intern in San Francisco. Though there are other ways to gain experience, internships are still considered to be the most obvious route. This article considers everything from your financial situation to basic requirements and interview preparations.

2. The cold-hard truth 🤌

An Honest Guide to Landing a Junior UX Designer Job ↗

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Before you’d make the jump into UX, make sure that you know what’s ahead. This is one of the most popular guides on the UXfolio Blog for its brutal honesty and practical advice for all the standard steps of the entire hiring process.

3. Putting together your resume 🤓

17 Brilliant Product Designer Resume Examples and a Guide for Yours ↗

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Putting together a resumé doesn’t have to be a chore. Our experience is that the biggest help in this step is to look at and read great examples. This will give you an idea of what to write about and how a successful resume looks.

4. If they ask for a cover letter 🙄

How to Write a UX Designer Cover Letter? A Step-by-step Guide with Examples ↗

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Cover letters are going out of fashion – finally! – especially, in design fields. After all, a UX portfolio will reveal everything about you as a designer. However, in certain scenarios, like when applying to an internship, you might still be requested to hand in a cover letter. If that’s the case, just check out this step-by-step guide on writing yours! You’ll be done with it in no time.

5. Building your portfolio 👷

How to Create a Product Design Portfolio in 8 Steps ↗

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In this article, Dávid, – our CEO who’s also the leader of a UX design agency – gives you an actionable plan on creating an impressive UX portfolio. You’ll portfolio inspiration as well as sharp insights into:

  • What do the best product design portfolios have in common?
  • What to share in your product design portfolio?
  • How many projects to include and how to choose them
  • How to do all these things quickly?

6. More on case studies 🧑‍🔬

The Ultimate UX Case Study Template ↗

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Master case study writing by following this simple yet effective template. We’ve talked to UX design leads, CEOs, and UX designers to learn what makes an impactful UX case study. You might be surprised by our conclusions.

UX career expert & creative @UXfolio. I've been participating in and writing about UX design for 4 years. In my free time, I read, listen to opera, and work out.

Hit me up at akos@blog.uxfol.io

Founder and CEO of UXfolio and UX studio. Author of the book Product Design, TEDx speaker, one of Forbes 30 under 30. Enthusiastic about self-managing teams, new technologies and human-centered design.

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A typical mistake I see in UX portfolios is lack of content explaining their contribution to the effort, the images are only the final product and not the process to get there.

UX is very much about strategy and if the person is not showing how they got from A to B, they appear to be another UI trying to move into a UX role.

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