Having been a junior UX designer myself, I am very familiar with the situation where getting a job is a challenge because you have no experience, and getting any real experience is difficult because you cannot find a job. It is a vicious circle, and something you have to work through yourself.

When I started my UX career, finding a mentor was not that straightforward. Nowadays, it is a lot easier. There are plenty of UX Mentorship Programmes where junior designers can apply, some being paid and some completely free. This does not necessarily mean all of these programmes are good.

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

When the programme started, I realised that there was no plan and that my mentee and I were left on our own. We met weekly, and our one-hour sessions were filled with information and questions. It has been extremely challenging to keep track of everything we have covered so far.

Being a designer, you immediately notice situations like these as opportunities for improvement. Shortly thereafter, I decided to create a different mentorship programme, a programme that will have head and tail.

And this is how UX Tree was born. The idea is that every Mentee would be paired with an expert designer who would be their Mentor, and complete one project writing up a case study about it. Mentees would receive ongoing design feedback from the assigned Mentor and peer support from our community on the Slack channel. Upon finishing the programme, each Mentee will get a certificate to add to their LinkedIn and portfolio page.

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