I have a background in textile conservation and was looking for a career change. I learned about Beginex through a UX Meet Up in NYC and it sounded perfect! Leading up to applying to Beginex, I did a lot of studying and prepped as much as possible (taking free udemy and linkedin learning courses). I didn't have a portfolio, but Beginex assured me that they'd help me get to 3 case studies by the time I finished the course. I was really glad that I had prepped before, as Beginex dives right in and expects a certain level of background knowledge. I was partnered with an amazing group of people and we all became friends instantly! While in the program, I worked with countless mentors and experts and the client we worked with had a really exciting project for us. It was really important to me to work with a real client--which was something not many other bootcamps offer. I enjoyed the weekly meetings and while it wasn't the easiest to balance my full time job and the course load, I was always excited to work on my Beginex work, which made it worth it. The program taught me to think critically and really focus on the user--they also helped me build up my portfolio. After graduation, I received a job offer one month later. I couldn't recommend this program more, but it is important to consider that it is a lot of work and will require a significant amount of time. That being said, I had so much fun completing the program, I couldn't believe it was already time to graduate!