Mentoring the Next Generation of UX Designers

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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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Mentoring the Next Generation of UX Designers

  1. MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION… of UX Designers
  2. 16,380 ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  3. Heather @heatherwyd Fred @fred_beecher Claire @clairevsbailey
  4. design school vocational school hack(er) school apprenticeship mentorship ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  5. mentorship a relationship supporting skill development in others through instruction, advice, practice, and feedback ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  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. 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. i want to be a ux designer awareness of roles well-defined goals timeline ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  9. i want to be a ux designer awareness of roles well-defined goals timeline FORMAL MENTORSHIP ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  10. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  11. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen Principal Mentor Apprentices Large Design Team
  12. Accountability Observation Assistance Mentorship Oversight ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  13. MENTORSHIP FAILS ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  14. non-constructive critique. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  15. no feedback. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  16. lack of communication. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  17. limited time. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  18. ! low commitment. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  19. MENTORSHIP WINS ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  20. show interest. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  21. understand learning styles. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  22. challenge them. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  23. trust. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  24. collaborate. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  25. BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  26. You haven’t really mastered your craft until you’ve taught it. - Kim Goodwin ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen “
  27. listen. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  28. guide. don’t teach. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  29. allow failure. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  30. support. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  31. confront. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  32. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF MENTORSHIP ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  33. identify & communicate. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  34. r-e-s-p-e-c-t. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  35. show your passion. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  36. it’s not personal. it’s mentorship. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  37. be honest & open. ©2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  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. 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. 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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