About UX Tree

Let me tell you a story about UX Tree and how everything started.

Being a a junior UX designer once myself, I’m very familiar with the situation where getting a job is a challenge because you’ve no experience. Not to mention that getting any experience is difficult because you cannot find a job. It’s a vicious circle, I know.

When I started my UX career, finding a mentor wasn’t as easy as it is today. Nowadays, there are plenty of UX Mentorship programs junior designers can apply to, both paid and free ones. However, this does not necessarily mean all these programs are good.

Back in winter 2020, I was offered a mentor position. I was thrilled knowing I could help someone with less experience, so I accepted it.

However, when it started, I realised that this program had no plan or structure. My mentee and I were left on our own. We met weekly, and our one-hour sessions were filled with questions and answers. It has been highly challenging to keep track of everything we’ve covered.

Being a UX designer, I immediately noticed this as something I could improve. Shortly after that, I decided to create a different mentorship program with a start and finish. A program with goals and tick boxes because everyone likes them. Or is it just me? 🙂

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UX Tree

And this is how UX Tree was born. My idea was to pair Mentees with an expert designer who would be their Mentor. Each Mentee would have to complete one project, writing a case study where they’d describe all the work they’ve carried out. Mentees would receive ongoing design feedback from the assigned Mentors and peer support from our community on the Slack channel.

At the end of the program, Mentees should be more prosperous for one significant experience. They will have another project to add to their portfolio, which is crucial if they want to get a job interview.
Mentees will also receive ‘real life’ advice from designers already working in the field. This means they will be work-ready, and the onboarding phase in the company they get the job in would be significantly shorter.

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