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
  • 16,380 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  • Heather @heatherwyd Fred @fred_beecher Claire @clairevsbailey
  • mentorship design school 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen vocational school hack(er) school apprenticeship
  • mentorship 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen a relationship supporting skill development in others through instruction, advice, practice, and feedback
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen doesnt realize hes mentoring pushes me out of my comfort zone tells a lot of stories asks for my feedback
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen doesnt realize hes mentoring pushes me out of my comfort zone tells a lot of stories asks for my feedback INFORMAL MENTORSHIP
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen i want to be a ux designer awareness of roles well-dened goals timeline
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen i want to be a ux designer awareness of roles well-dened goals timeline FORMAL MENTORSHIP
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen Principal Mentor Apprentices Large Design Team
  • Accountability 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen Observation Assistance Mentorship Oversight
  • MENTORSHIP FAILS 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  • 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.
  • MENTORSHIP WINS 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  • 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.
  • BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  • - Kim Goodwin 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen You havent really mastered your craft until youve taught it.
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen listen.
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen guide. dont teach.
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen allow failure.
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen support.
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen confront.
  • GETTING THE MOST OUT OF MENTORSHIP 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen
  • 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 its not personal. its mentorship.
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen be honest & open.
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen nd a mentor whos mentoring you now? who could mentor you? analyze their styles get involved IAI mentorship program uxmentors.com UXPAMN (fall 2014) reect whats your motivation? what can you invest? how have you been mentored? mentors
  • 2014 :: @clairevsbailey @heatherwyd @fred_beecher :: #uxnextgen get out there who do you know? co-workers instructors friends get involved IAI mentorship program uxmentors.com UXPAMN (fall 2014) stay relevant follow UXDs on twitter interact with UX community on twitter follow UX blogs mentees
  • 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 !