UX Bootcamp review by real designer & Springboard student Kathryn Porter. This review may include affiliate links, which supports UXBeginner produce free content.
UX Bootcamps are no longer just for coding — there are now lots of options out there for UX. When I decided to transition my career, I scoured the internet in search of a program that would guide me in the right direction. Springboard repeatedly came up in my searches and the testimonials were glowing.
In this article, I’ll cover why I chose Springboard’s UX Design bootcamp over competitors and what the overall experience was like.
Deciding between Springboard’s UX Career Track and UI/UX Design Track
I took the UX Career Track but now Springboard offers a dual UI/UX Design track. This new track seems to incorporate interaction design principles, while the UX career track focuses more on UX concepts and the design process. It’s up to you if you want to spend $2k more for the UI portion.
Well, you will need those skills and when I reflect back on my start, I recall feeling overwhelmed learning new software in a new career. I managed without having to spend money I didn’t have because I was unemployed from a recent layoff.
I’m still learning all the time, but things are less stressful now that the imposter syndrome has worn off. Point is, you don’t have to pay Springboard. You can Google it, watch a lot of free videos, read/ask forums, and or take a cheaper Udemy course if you get stuck.
Pricing and your personal level of commitment play a big factor and there are lots of options out there to fit your needs.
I chose Springboard’s UX Career Track for the following reasons: duration, curriculum rigor, budget options, and level of career support. The class format was also conveniently self-paced and entirely online.
Springboard Pricing & Duration
Compared to other programs, Springboard is one of the more affordable options out there. I paid month to month because I was determined to get it done as soon as possible (and pretty unemployed).
The folks at Springboard said it would take a minimum of 4 months to complete but I was able to finish in 3 (did I mention I was unemployed?) Since I only paid for the months I needed ($1,199 /mo), I ended up paying less than estimated.
Springboard will walk you through everything you need to know, step by step, and yes, it’s a great user experience (as it should be!) The material is easy to digest and it’s updated to stay current. There’s not one textbook or standard for UX, but there’s a lot of material out there to comb through. Springboard makes it easy if you’re not sure where to begin.
Springboard is not wholly unique and anyone can still launch a career in UX without a program or certificate. The convenience of a program, certificate, boot camp, career track – whatever it’s called, is that that they curate the curriculum. If you’re looking to switch careers, chances are, you’re in a vulnerable spot and you need to maximize your time. It can be incredibly daunting, so where do you begin?
Springboard offers a job guarantee and to the jobless, that’s incredibly enticing. Just be aware that job guarantees usually have extensive conditions, including a minimum number of job applications per week, and no turned down job offers. Just keep your expectations realistic.
As you know, nothing can replace on-the-job experience and time in the industry. There’s not a program out there that will do that for you. Boot camps will give you the fundamental toolkit for UX design but you have to do the rest. If you decide to go to a boot camp, be sure to pick one that offers real-world, client experience, which Springboard’s career track offers.
By the end of the career track, you will also have a portfolio for interviews, and that’s far more valuable than the certificate of completion. Hiring managers don’t care that you have a certificate because the tech industry is saturated with people who went to boot camps. If you’re having trouble finding junior positions, you can always start with an internship.
Bottom Line: My Results After Springboard
At this point, you might be wondering if the writer of this article is now gainfully employed and the answer is yes! I heard about a UX internship through a connection at P97 Networks and it turned into full-time employment.
So is a UX bootcamp right for you? My answer is, it depends.
It depends on how you can leverage your past experience and the effort you put into it. Your experience with networking and job opportunities might depend on what’s available to you in your local area. Just remember to be patient and persistent, you will succeed if you commit to the jump (pun intended).