Are you a student, new graduate or someone who wants to transition into UX? Are you struggling to find an internship or full-time job in UX/design? Do you need someone to give you advice and tips on your resume, portfolio and UX career? Or are you the only UX designer in a company and need someone to be your sounding board?

Do you want to gain international work/life experience but don’t know where to start? Do you want practical tips and strategies on how to start working remotely?

If that's YOU, I would like to help you, as your UX mentor for the next three months!

Why mentorship?

Many designers out there just need slight guidance and they can land the job of their dreams. When I started my design career in 2011, I didn’t have a mentor, until I asked for one during my internship at IBM.

As I grew in my career, the topic and benefits of mentorship came up lots of times. Every one of my peers wanted a mentor, but no one knew how to find one, neither did I. I basically got to where I am today through TONS of trial and error. Having a mentor could have saved me from going down the wrong paths and making bad decisions many times.

6 years later as a more experienced designer now, I thought perhaps my experience in UX design, freelancing and remote working could be valuable to others. I volunteered in the Out of Office Hours initiative, and surprisingly, close to 40 people chose me for design career advice!

After this success, I decided to take mentees under my own name, to help people who resonate with my story and who come to me specifically for advice. I want to help newcomers in their journey to become better UX designers. I want to support my mentees, inspire them with my wins and tell them about the crazily bad decisions I made in my career and what I learned (these are horrid enough I can’t tell everyone).

If that sounds exciting to you, I’d love to have you as a mentee!

About me

Work Experience
  • Independent UX UI Designer
  • Senior UX & Product Designer at Toptal
  • Former Interaction Designer at TravelBird
  • Former UX/UI Design Lead at Gimmie
  • Former Co-founder at Swiip

Learn more about me

Mentorship Experience
  • UX Mentor at Travel to the Cloud Hackathon, 2017
  • Mentor at Out of Office Hours, 2016
  • SFU Campus Ambassador at IBM, 2010-2011
  • Design Mentor, TechBytes, SFU, 2008-2009
  • Web Design Mentor, North Surrey High School, 2006

What you’ll get

  • Video call once a month (1 hour)
  • Private Slack group with other mentees
  • International UX UI work opportunities
  • Curated UX UI resources, news and events
  • Accountability partner within the mentee group
  • 2h of office hours a week

How to apply

Applications for Fall 2017 are now open!. Fill in the application form before the deadline. Selected mentees will be notified between September 28 and September 30.

Applications open: September 18th
Application deadline: September 27th 23:59 (UTC+2)

Fee and Schedule

Fall 2017 period: 3 months, from October 1st to December 31st. The fee is $150 USD per month. Once a mentee is selected to enroll in the program, full payment for the period is required.

Jenny’s mentorship played a huge part in helping me kickstart my career in UX, as well as providing guidance as a UXer daily while on the job.

My favourite parts about the mentorship is how she gives relevant advice by sharing her personal experiences with me. She is a great listener and is very quick to understand the root question being asked. Being able to laser focus on the crux of an issue means that our 1-on-1 sessions are very productive.

Apart from professional advice, Jenny also gave invaluable support to me on a personal level. Striking out as a freelancer has had its challenges and I was glad to have been able to count on Jenny to understand my situation no matter what it could be. To have such a sincere, reliable and knowledgeable mentor, was definitely not something I thought I’d find when I started my UX career!

Dionne — Mentee of Spring-Summer 2017

Freelance UX Designer, Graduate of General Assembly 2017

In the beginning of my project, I encountered difficulty conducting user research. Because these problems are closely related to my project, any books, online courses and even Google couldn’t solve my problems. But Jenny was able to understand the project situation and gave me clear advice from her own experience. After following Jenny’s advice, the problem was solved.

Jenny also helped me prepare the pitch of my startup and she shared her own pitching experience. With Jenny's pitching and presentation advice, our team received the highest score in the class for both midterm and final presentations.

Skyle — Mentee of Spring 2017

IT student at National Tsing Hua University of Taiwan, Founder of NTHU Stage

Frequently Asked Questions

I took on 39 mentees during my Christmas/New Year break for the Out of Office Hours initiative, all for free. 12 out of 39 (~30%) were no-show while I blocked time off work and waited for them to show up on Skype. Simply put, people don’t value something if they can get it for free.

Charging a small fee means:

  • I get compensated for the care, time, energy and dedication I put towards my mentees. (That sounds fair, if you ask me)
  • It filters out people that are not serious.
  • A security for you that this mentorship program won’t disappear and be put on hold when I get busy with client work.

Yes, working individuals and new grads who want to transition into UX can apply.

My business and clients are my priorities at the moment, plus, I’m only one person with 24 hours in a day. By mentoring a small group, I can give every mentee quality feedback and personal attention.

You can sign up here to be notified when the application for Summer 2017 opens.

Rather than making this first-come-first-served, I would like to give my time towards the most committed and proactive mentees.

If after the first month, you feel that you’re not getting anything out of the mentorship program, just let me know and I’ll issue you a full refund for the rest of the period. But, if you were a no show in our video call in the first month, I do not offer any refund thereafter.

Please email me. Be quick, applications close soon!