Katarina has recently completed our Beginner UX Design Course at UX Academy. Learn more about his experience and what it’s like to study with us.
Hi, my name is Katarina and I will tell you about my experience with being a student at UX Academy and graduating from their 8-week Beginner UX Design course. I decided on this course because I would like to make a career switch and become a UX designer. I needed a course that will give me basic knowledge and fundamentals of UX design and which will equip me with the skills to start a UX design career and build my portfolio. In this course, I was able to do all of the above and more. I enjoyed the structure of this course, that it was in the evening, so it didn’t interfere with my job. Also, mentorship sessions were helpful, once per week for 30 minutes, which was just the right amount of time to get feedback from the mentor on the progress of our project and the next steps.
What was your favorite part of the course?
I enjoyed working with my team on the client project. It was four of us in the team and we had meetings outside of the course and mentoring sessions regularly to work together to finish the project. The whole process from initial user interviews to wireframing and building a prototype, to performing usability testing and performing design iteration based on the insights from the user testing. With this project, we have focused on the e-commerce part of the website and have worked on improving the shopping experience for first-time buyers. By the end of the course, we were able to accomplish our goal and create a simple and easy journey for end users which reduced the number of clicks between a landing page and checkout.
Which part of the client project did you find the most interesting?
After creating our first prototype we conducted usability testing in order to uncover design problems and opportunities with the involvement of end users in regards to the checkout process. I enjoyed this part of the project the most because its user testing allowed us to uncover problems in the design we developed, we were able to discover opportunities to improve the design and we were able to learn about users’ behaviors and preferences.
We prepared a script which supported us during the entire session from the introduction to the task explanation and follow-up questions.
Which part of the client project did you find the most challenging?
Prototyping in Figma was the most challenging for me because I never used this tool before and getting comfortable with using it was a process. It took some time to figure out how to use it properly, but course instructors and a mentor were there to help us every step of the way.
How was the support from the UX Academy mentor during your studies?
Mentorship sessions were helpful, once per week for 30 minutes, which was just the right amount of time to get feedback from the mentor on the progress of our project and the next steps.
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