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/)