MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION… 
of UX Designers
16,380 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
Heather 
@heatherwyd 
Fred 
@fred_beecher 
Claire 
@clairevsbailey
design school 
vocational school 
hack(er) school 
apprenticeship 
mentorship 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_...
mentorship 
a relationship supporting 
skill development in others 
through instruction, advice, 
practice, and feedback 
...
doesn’t realize he’s mentoring 
pushes me out of my comfort zone 
tells a lot of stories 
asks for my feedback 
©2014 :: @...
doesn’t realize he’s mentoring 
pushes me out of my comfort zone 
INFORMAL MENTORSHIP 
tells a lot of stories 
asks for my...
i want to be a ux designer 
awareness of roles 
well-defined goals 
timeline 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_b...
i want to be a ux designer 
awareness of roles 
well-defined goals 
timeline 
FORMAL MENTORSHIP 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey ...
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen 
Principal 
Mentor 
Apprentices Large Design Team
Accountability 
Observation 
Assistance 
Mentorship 
Oversight 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxn...
MENTORSHIP FAILS 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
non-constructive 
critique. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
no feedback. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
lack of 
communication. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
limited time. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
! 
low commitment. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
MENTORSHIP WINS 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
show interest. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
understand 
learning styles. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
challenge them. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
trust. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
collaborate. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
You haven’t really 
mastered your craft 
until you’ve taught it. 
- Kim Goodwin 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fre...
listen. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
guide. don’t teach. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
allow failure. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
support. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
confront. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF MENTORSHIP 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
identify & 
communicate. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
r-e-s-p-e-c-t. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
show your passion. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
it’s not personal. 
it’s mentorship. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
be honest & open. 
©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
find a mentor • who’s mentoring you now? 
• who could mentor you? 
• analyze their styles 
reflect • what’s your motivatio...
get out there • who do you know? 
• co-workers 
• instructors 
• friends 
stay relevant • follow UXDs on twitter 
• intera...
MENTORING THE NEXT 
GENERATION OF UX 
DESIGNERS 
Fred Beecher 
UX Apprenticeship Lead 
! 
fbeecher@nerdery.com 
nerdery.co...
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Any company with a user experience design team knows how hard it is to find people to grow that team. A quick search of Indeed.com reveals nearly 17,000 open user experience design related positions in the United States alone. There are many ways to solve this problem, but one of the most accessible is mentorship. Every practicing UX designer is capable of mentoring someone who has the passion and mindset required for UX design into the field.

During the summer and fall of 2013, The Nerdery took eight potential UX designers through an intense 12-week apprenticeship that relied heavily on mentorship. During that time, we learned a lot about mentoring and being mentored. This presentation will share these lessons from the perspective of both mentors and mentees. This presentation provides a comprehensive set of tools for you to use to begin mentoring potential designers today.

Co-presented with Claire Bailey (http://sloozoo.com/) & Heather Wydeven (http://heatherwydeven.com/)

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  1. 1. MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION… of UX Designers
  2. 2. 16,380 ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  3. 3. Heather @heatherwyd Fred @fred_beecher Claire @clairevsbailey
  4. 4. design school vocational school hack(er) school apprenticeship mentorship ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  5. 5. mentorship a relationship supporting skill development in others through instruction, advice, practice, and feedback ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  6. 6. doesn’t realize he’s mentoring pushes me out of my comfort zone tells a lot of stories asks for my feedback ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  7. 7. doesn’t realize he’s mentoring pushes me out of my comfort zone INFORMAL MENTORSHIP tells a lot of stories asks for my feedback ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  8. 8. i want to be a ux designer awareness of roles well-defined goals timeline ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  9. 9. i want to be a ux designer awareness of roles well-defined goals timeline FORMAL MENTORSHIP ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  10. 10. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  11. 11. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen Principal Mentor Apprentices Large Design Team
  12. 12. Accountability Observation Assistance Mentorship Oversight ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  13. 13. MENTORSHIP FAILS ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  14. 14. non-constructive critique. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  15. 15. no feedback. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  16. 16. lack of communication. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  17. 17. limited time. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  18. 18. ! low commitment. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  19. 19. MENTORSHIP WINS ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  20. 20. show interest. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  21. 21. understand learning styles. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  22. 22. challenge them. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  23. 23. trust. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  24. 24. collaborate. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  25. 25. BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  26. 26. You haven’t really mastered your craft until you’ve taught it. - Kim Goodwin ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen “
  27. 27. listen. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  28. 28. guide. don’t teach. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  29. 29. allow failure. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  30. 30. support. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  31. 31. confront. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  32. 32. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF MENTORSHIP ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  33. 33. identify & communicate. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  34. 34. r-e-s-p-e-c-t. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  35. 35. show your passion. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  36. 36. it’s not personal. it’s mentorship. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  37. 37. be honest & open. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  38. 38. find a mentor • who’s mentoring you now? • who could mentor you? • analyze their styles reflect • what’s your motivation? • what can you invest? • how have you been mentored? get involved • IAI mentorship program • uxmentors.com • UXPAMN (fall 2014) ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen mentors
  39. 39. get out there • who do you know? • co-workers • instructors • friends stay relevant • follow UXDs on twitter • interact with UX community on twitter • follow UX blogs get involved • IAI mentorship program • uxmentors.com • UXPAMN (fall 2014) ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen mentees
  40. 40. MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION OF UX DESIGNERS Fred Beecher UX Apprenticeship Lead ! fbeecher@nerdery.com nerdery.com/fb @fred_beecher ! slideshare.net/fred_beecher/ Claire Bailey Associate UX Designer ! cbailey@nerdery.com nerdery.com/cj @clairevsbailey ! Heather Wydeven Associate UX Designer ! hwydeven@nerdery.com nerdery.com/wd @heatherwyd !
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