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Portfolio Development & Job Preparation

Charbel Zeaiter February 9, 2024

Learning Objectives

Master UX documentation to showcase your skills in a professional portfolio. Develop your personal brand and find opportunities. Prepare for job interviews and networking to propel your career.

  • Document UX projects effectively for professional portfolios
  • Develop personal brand and identify relevant job opportunities
  • Prepare for UX job interviews and networking

Part 1: Theory (Morning Session)

1. Introduction (15 minutes)

– Recap previous week

– Overview of goals for Week 11

2. Reflecting on Your Experience (30 minutes)

– The value of reflection in UX design

– Techniques for effective reflection

– Connecting reflection to learning outcomes

3. Break (15 minutes)

4. Documenting Your Project (30 minutes)

– Importance of UX portfolios

– Elements of strong UX project documentation

– Tips for portfolio presentation 

5. Preparing for the Job Market (30 minutes)

– Developing your personal brand as a UX designer

– Identifying relevant job opportunities

– Interview preparation and tips

Part 2: Hands-On Activities (Afternoon Session)

1. Reflection Activity (30 minutes)

– Guided self-assessment and reflection on course learnings

2. Break (15 minutes)

3. Portfolio Development (60 minutes)

– Documenting UX project into portfolio

– Tailoring portfolio for job opportunities

– Receive guidance on portfolio best practices

4. Job Market Preparation (30 minutes) 

– Review opportunities suited to students’ interests

– Practise interview questions and personal pitches

5. Toolkit: Portfolio Templates and Job Resources (15 minutes)

– Portfolio templates 

– Job search tips and resources

– UX interview preparation guides

6. Wrap Up & Next Steps (15 minutes)

– Recap learnings and insights

– Overview of Week 12 topics

Documenting Your Project for Your Portfolio (15 minutes)

  1. The importance of a UX design portfolio
    • Showcasing your skills and experience
    • Telling your design story
    • Networking and job opportunities
  2. Elements of a strong UX project documentation
    • Clear problem statement
    • Design process overview
    • Research findings and insights
    • Design iterations and solutions
    • Visual assets (sketches, wireframes, prototypes, etc.)
    • Reflection and lessons learned
  3. Tips for effective portfolio presentation
    • Tailoring your portfolio for different audiences
    • Storytelling and narrative techniques
    • Visual design and layout considerations

Hands-On Activity: Documenting Your Project (50 minutes)

  • Participants work on documenting their UX project for their portfolio, using the guidelines and tips provided in the lecture
  • Facilitators provide support and feedback as needed

Downloadable Toolkit: UX Portfolio Templates and Tips for Success (10 minutes)

  • Introduction to the downloadable toolkit
  • Overview of included resources:
    • UX portfolio templates
    • Tips for success in building and maintaining a portfolio
    • Additional resources and readings
  • Encourage participants to explore the toolkit and use it as a guide for their ongoing portfolio development

Wrap-Up and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Recap of the session
  • Encourage participants to continue reflecting on their experiences and working on their portfolios
  • Remind participants about upcoming course events and resources available for support