Get an unfair advantage in your UX career

Has it been weeks months since you’ve made real progress in your UX career?

If you feel stuck in your journey into a UX career, you’re not alone. Making the transition into any new field is hard, and the complex world of UX is no exception. I spent months spinning my wheels trying to figure it out on my own as a business analyst trying to switch into UX.

But I was lucky enough to access the right mentors and job search strategies along the way. All the lessons I learned from switching careers – and teaching thousands of others to do it through UXBeginner.com – are now distilled into a 1-on-1 coaching program.

With my guidance, you’ll learn the strategies that my mentees have used to hack the UX job market. Like how to…

  • Craft a UX portfolio that attracts the attention of UX directors
  • Leverage your previous experience (no matter what job) to transition into UX
  • Know exactly what to say in UX interviews and handle challenging questions
  • Brand yourself to stand apart from every other “UX/UI Designer” in the market
  • Win freelance UX projects that fly under everyone else’s radar

Oz helped me land my first UX job and more than doubled my previous salary. – Jeremy, Los Angeles

How does UX coaching work?

Unlike other UX mentorship programs with minimal support, we’ll do hands-on work with the non-negotiable factors that affect your employability: resume, portfolio development, interview prep and personal branding.

Choose from 3 coaching “tracks” that range from short, intense engagements to deep collaboration: Sprint, Relay and Marathon.

Sprint (3 sessions)

Overcome one major UX career obstacle

Pick one: complete one portfolio case study, 1-on-1 prep for UX interviews, redesign application materials like UX resumes & cover letters

Relay (3 months)

Deep collaboration for complete UX career preparation

Includes allredesign your resume, complete your entire UX portfolio (2-3 projects), use networking strategies to win more job & freelance leads, and elevate your UX interview skills.

Marathon (6 months)

A custom curriculum tailored to your unique needs

Includes everything from Sprint and Relay. Tailor my coaching to your exact needs. This is the only option in which can elect to create 1-2 UX projects from scratch under my guidance.


Why these names? I used to run track & field in high school ;)
Read on for more details about each track…

Sprint

One defined career hurdle

3 sessions

Are you facing a tough roadblock on this career journey and don’t know how to proceed? Inundated with too much information, and need an expert hand in navigating a specific area of your UX career?

Sprint is for the self aware mentee with a defined problem and a desire to handle it within a span of hours, not weeks or months.

How does it work? You come to me with:

a) an existing, outdated asset like resume & portfolio, OR
b) a career inflection point like upcoming UX interviews or transitioning into a new role.

Then, we tackle your problem through a series of in-depth coaching sessions.

You’ll not only get guidance on what to do and what NOT to do, but also understand the reasons behind my tailored advice on portfolios, resumes and interviews.

All strategies and insights discussed during sessions will be documented in a report tailored just for you.

In many cases, mentees finish their one desired output – resume, UX interview prep, portfolio enhancements – by the end of Sprint.

In some cases, people finish their desired output early. The remaining time can be used to work through other aspects of your career. For example, within the 1st two sessions we finish overhauling your UX resume. In the third session, we can cover practice UX interview questions.

Expected results

Sample coaching schedule for Sprint

Note: the pre-session, in-between sessions and post-sessions all take place virtually via email.

  • Pre-session: complete a UX career questionnaire so we establish your baseline. This exercise in itself helps many designers gauge their needs and clarify their problems.
  • 1st session (60 min): get to know you, establish where your current efforts are and what we need to do for our next sessions. Any immediate quick fixes and red flags that come up with be identified and shared with you.
  • In between: Unlimited questions via email. Instructor and mentee will do homework in preparation for the next session.
  • 2nd session (60 min): Live workshop: get a practical framework for tackling your one specific problem.
  • In between: Unlimited questions via email. Instructor and mentee will do homework in preparation for the next session.
  • 3rd session (60 min): Live workshop: continue working on the main output. Receive key insights and finalize the approach.
  • Post session: Receive a brief detailing our work together in Sprint which includes next steps and specific recommendations for improvement, e.g. what skills to practice, additional resources to read.

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Enroll in Sprint now for $600 $529

After purchasing, you’ll be directed to an onboarding document, which includes a special link to schedule your first call.

Those of you facing a major hurdle right now and seeking laser-focused guidance should purchase Sprint now. If you seek longer collaboration to complete your entire body of work, keep reading for the Relay and Marathon tracks.

Relay

Complete UX Career Prep

3 months

12 sessions

Most UX graduates feel like they now have the basic knowledge down, but don’t have a path to getting a job with their newfound UX skills.

What if you could skip the process of figuring it all out on your own, and get career guidance from a UX expert?

Relay is the career management program that bridges the gap between your bootcamp (or current job) and your next UX opportunity. You’ll work 1-on-1 with me to craft a complete job application package, from resume to portfolio (and lots more!)

How does Relay work?

Week by week, we’ll collaborate together to complete ALL of your major job application materials, including your UX Resume, UX Portfolio and even cover letters.

Unlike Sprint which is laser-focused on completing one job asset, Relay ensures completion of all necessary components of your job search within 3 months time.

In addition, our collaboration includes:

  • Developing 2 to 3 in-depth case studies from existing projects.
  • Position yourself to gain freelance projects & experience
  • Private workshops to develop your personal brand as a UX Designer

Over the course of 12 sessions (and lots of homework in between), we’ll prioritize your career goals and jump over each hurdle one by one.

Example: One entire month can be dedicated to writing your case studies, the next month polishing everything together in your portfolio, and the last month focused on personal branding & job applications.

Whereas UX Bootcamps teach you the basics of design, Relay is the missing bootcamp to specifically help you land job opportunities and freelance assignments.

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Relay includes everything from Sprint, with the addition of 2 UXBeginner video courses of your choice and unlimited email + chat support.

Expected results

Sample coaching schedule for Relay

Note: the pre-session, in-between sessions and post-sessions all take place virtually via email.

  • Pre-session: complete a UX questionnaire & skill audit so we can establish your career baseline. This exercise in itself helps many designers gauge their needs and clarify their problems.
  • Month 1 (4 sessions): overhaul your resume, cover letter and begin editing portfolio.
  • Month 2 (4 sessions): Edit, rewrite, or develop your case studies from scratch.
  • Month 3 (4 sessions): UX interview prep, personal branding and learn the ropes of freelancing.
  • Post session: Receive a brief detailing our work together in Relay, which includes next steps and specific recommendations for improvement, e.g. what skills to practice, branding considerations to make.

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Enroll in Relay now for $880/month or $2400 for the full 3 months upfront (save $240)

Enroll now

After purchasing, you’ll be directed to an onboarding document, which includes a special link to schedule your first call.

Relay gets you a complete job makeover by the end of 3 months collaboration. Seeking a curriculum customized to your exact needs? Keep reading to find out about Marathon. Those of you facing a shorter, singular hurdle should purchase Sprint instead.

Marathon

Custom UX Curriculum

6 months

24 sessions

Marathon is the all-access, premium coaching track for those seeking a complete UX career makeover. This is the most custom-tailored offering, in which I’ll identify your top problem areas and design a curriculum just for you, from learning UX skills to creating design projects from scratch.

How does it work? In the first session, we’ll…

1. Evaluate your ENTIRE career in the context of past professional experiences, current projects and career interests.

2. Pinpoint your issues and prioritize a list of actions, from easy “low hanging fruit” to long term objectives.

Then we’ll tackle that action list through a series of in-depth coaching sessions and hands-on work.

Here are two example custom UX-focused curriculum I can build for you:

> UX Projects from Scratch
Whereas Sprint and Relay rely on turning existing projects into case studies, Marathon helps you develop those UX projects in the first place. It starts by helping you find good project opportunities, whether it’s pitching to a non-profit you like, approaching a startup or working with a mom & pop shop.

Then, we’ll apply the latest UX design process to create your website, app, or experience from scratch, so that it’s ready to be presented in a portfolio. Depending on the scope of your ideas, our engagement will be limited to 1-2 personal projects.

P.S. A savvy entrepreneur has cleverly used Marathon to do all the UX research and design for his new app ;)

> Learn UX from the ground up
Feel like you need an actionable plan to learn UI design, the UX process, or even how to write blog posts to get the attention of employers? I can build a custom curriculum for you to hone in on these skills, with built in homework + weekly accountability to ensure you’re making real progress.

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Ready to build your UX Career from the ground up? Marathon includes everything from Sprint and Relay, as well as lifetime access to all UX Beginner courses and automatic entry into the Design Writing Apprenticeship.

Expected results

Sample coaching schedule for Marathon

Note: the pre-session, in-between sessions and post-sessions are virtually conducted via email.

  • Pre-session: complete a UX questionnaire & skill audit so we can establish your career baseline. This exercise in itself helps many designers gauge their needs and clarify their problems.
  • Month 1 (4 sessions): create a prioritized career action list, revise your resume and existing portfolio pieces
  • Month 2 (4 sessions): leverage personal network & businesses for UX projects, begin UX project development
  • Month 3 (4 sessions): continue developing UX project from research to wireframe to user testing
  • Month 4 (4 sessions): polish case studies into online portfolio, with guidance on web hosting and design
  • Month 5 (4 sessions): one month curriculum dedicated to UI design 
  • Month 6 (4 sessions): UX interview prep, personal branding and learn the ropes of freelancing.
  • Post session: Receive a brief detailing our work together in Relay, which includes next steps and specific recommendations for improvement, e.g. what skills to practice, branding considerations to make.

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Enroll in Marathon for $900/month or $5000 for the full 6 months upfront (save $400)

Enroll now

After purchasing, you’ll be directed to an onboarding document, which includes a special link to schedule your first call.

Marathon is only for serious mentees who want to build a brand and body of work from scratch. If you only seek to finish existing job application materials, Relay may be better suited for you. If you want laser-focused guidance to overcome one career roadblock, check out Sprint instead.

Real results from students

Alla Gringaus

Director of UX @ The American Kennel Society

After working with Oz, I got 3 amazing job offers, making my potential employers impatient and eager to work with me. Oz is a truly fantastic UX career coach.

Ran Liu

Sr UX Designer @ Amplitude Analytics

With Oz’s help, I got multiple interviews and secured a job offer with a 20% salary increase within a month!

Matthew Womack

Freelance UX Consultant

I’ve made more progress in 1 week of coaching than in the past several months working alone on my portfolio, Oz’s mentorship and structure helped me tons!

Oz Chen
Founder of UXBeginner
UX designer & consultant

Learn from a trusted authority.

After founding UXBeginner.com in 2013, I’ve helped thousands of beginners transition into UX through my writing and courses like UNBOX: The Wireframing Course and Master the UX Interview. My Udemy class The Ultimate UX Portfolio Course has an average 4.5 stars across 1100+ students internationally.


Make real progress in your UX career today

Sprint quick & laser focused

$529

one time fee
  • 3 sessions
  • Finish one portfolio piece
  • Revise job app materials (resume, cover letter)
  • Interview coaching
  • Unlimited email access

Marathon deepest collaboration

6 months

monthly or flat fee*
  • includes Everything in Relay
  • Create up to 2 UX projects from scratch
  • Recorded audio of coaching sessions (optional & private)
  • Automatic entry into the Design Writing Apprenticeship
  • Custom Curriculum
  • Lifetime access to all current + future UXBeginner courses

Enroll now

*Relay and Marathon participants get hundreds of dollars off when paying upfront versus monthly.

Frequently asked questions

All sessions are 100% virtual, face-to-face via Skype. Marathon mentees can elect to get sessions recorded on audio.
Mentees get access to my Calendly link to schedule 1 hour coaching sessions. Sprint mentees can schedule more a-la-carte, whereas there will be a more formalized cadence & structure (e.g. weekly) for Relay and Marathon mentees. Participants are encouraged to book 1 week in advance of meeting, with meeting dates within a month’s timeframe (if it’s December, don’t book all the way out in March).
Absolutely. We end each session with a detailed list of action items to complete by the next session. All coaching participants should fully expect to bring their A-game and put in the work. I need your full participation to make the magic of accountability + career design work for you.
Sprint mentees pay for the package in full upfront. Relay and Marathon mentees can elect to pay month-to-month. Paying in full for these two packages results in a sizeable 10% pricing discount over the month-to-month plan. Payments are processed through the industry standard Paypal.
That’s the point! It’s not unusual for Relay and Marathon participants to get the career results during our work together. For example, let’s say that by month 2 out of 3 of our coaching program, you get a full-time offer. At this point, you may elect to keep getting coaching (I’ll help you prepare for success at your new role) or stop coaching altogether.

If you’re on the monthly payment plan for Relay or Marathon, you can elect to stop payment for any remaining months left. Those who pay the flat fee up front (with its associated savings) will not be able to request this refund.

Does joining my coaching program guarantee that you get hired?

No, there are no such guarantees because getting a job depends uniquely on a mentee’s external (job market & location) and internal (skill level, experience) factors. The early part of my coaching program is to help you identify these factors.

A critical piece of getting UX coaching is learning the meta-skills of finding a job. This is a skill you’ll use for every new job in the future. Picking up specialized knowledge like how to network, finding a new job and negotiating your salary will have a lasting impact on the rest of your career.

I only take on mentees who are ready to meet the challenge of a rigorous, hands-on program. This program is not designed for…

  • Those who expect others to do the work and get a UX job for them. This program requires your energy, focus and hustle.
  • Students who’ve had zero exposure to UX – meaning you haven’t taken a course, nor read a UX book yet
  • You have a lot of debt or have trouble paying bills. Take care of yourself first :)

My goal with every mentee is to return a net positive in your investment by focusing on the pillars that help you get hired as a UX professional: finish your portfolio, interviewing better, landing a job, and winning more freelance work.

My job coaching program is not for those looking for a quick fix without work, nor those who don’t see coaching as a direct investment in their career. No hard feelings – I’m not for everyone, nor should it be.

Well, I’ll be damned. I’ve designed these 3 tracks based off of several months of research and intense collaboration with UX mentees.

If you truly just need 1 hour for a portfolio review or interview practice, I’m available at $200/hr. Inquire at uxbeginner@gmail.com with the subject line “1 hr UX career help”.

Isn’t it time to stop second-guessing yourself?

I’ve hired coaches to help me improve aspects of my life from business to public speaking. And the results were always many times the investment – not only because I reached my goals faster, but because a good coach relieved the pain of second guessing myself.

If you’re feeling lost in your UX career, you recognize that there’s a real cost to constantly switching tasks… especially when it comes to putting together your portfolio, job hunting and growing your personal brand. That’s why you should leverage the experience of an expert, so that you avoid pitfalls and save yourself from making costly decisions.

My mentees find that most of the value from our coaching comes from a sense of structure & clarity on what to do. I’ll firmly guide you away from time-wasting activities, and help you double down on your strengths and identify the opportunities worth chasing.

How do I as a coach give you this clarity? Your intuition probably tells you that what actually gets you results is combining knowledge with action. That’s why I’ve built direction and accountability into my UX coaching program:

  • Direction

There’s too much information and differing points of view on the internet. Cut through the noise with a custom-tailored career roadmap. Leverage the experience of a mentor who reviews hundreds of UX resumes and portfolios.

  • Accountability

Doing work on yourself can be aimless when there’s no clear deadline, no real consequences. That’s why it takes forever to complete personal portfolios and solo projects. With a coach, you get built-in accountability that helps you translate information into action.


So does coaching make sense for you? If you’re willing to bear the cost of figuring things out by yourself (like I did), respect. I advise all potential mentees to do their research, and consider free resources like UXBeginner.com and Huddle: The Mini UX Interview Course. I also offer lower-cost courses like UNBOX: The Wireframing Course or The Ultimate UX Portfolio Course.

But if it’s been months since you’ve made real progress in your UX career, coaching can be the best investment you make this year.

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