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Mentor program:
«Launching»

Our LAUNCHING Mentor Program is a 1-on-1, mentor-led design program where you’ll work with a mentor and recruiter to finish your portfolio, apply to jobs, and launch your dream career in design! 

About our “Launching” program

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After you’ve designed your first few projects, building them into an amazing portfolio and getting job-ready can feel like an impossible task. We’ll pair you with the perfect mentor (and recruiter team) who will help you:

  • Turn your projects into beautiful case studies
  • Build an amazing and unique portfolio
  • Hone your resume and practice interviewing
  • Apply to jobs and launch your career!

This Program is for you if you…

  • Are 9+ months into learning design
  • Want to polish your portfolio and get it job-ready
  • Want to work with a mentor as you apply to jobs
  • Are ready to launch your career!
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Most students come out of the program with…

Our programs are flexible and designed around your goals, but here’s what you can expect to come out with….

  • Interview-ready portfolio projects
  • A fully-polished portfolio site
  • A refined resume and interview skills
  • Actively applying to design jobs!

Our mentors and programs are for designers of all types, from UX/UI Design and Product Design to UX Research and Visual Design (and more!)

Our approach to helping you launch your career

Tell us about your goals

Tell us where you are in your journey and what kind of design career you want to launch, and we’ll handpick the perfect mentors to help you accomplish your goals

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Mentor selection

You’ll pick your top choice and then meet with your mentor to create a customized action plan based on YOUR goals and your goals alone

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Start your mentorship

Spend 8 weeks working towards your goals with your mentor, meeting every week and getting feedback along the way

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Work towards your goals

Get full access to our portfolio and career prep resources as well as our student community to help you stay on track

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Unlimited support

You’ll work with a recruiter in a small group session and in a 1-on-1 career prep session to review your portfolio and build a personal career plan

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Launch your career!

You’ll finish the program with tangible results and so much closer to launching your career!

We focus on mentorship over curriculum

There are thousands of ways to learn design, but without a mentor to help you set goals, stay accountable, and improve as a designer, the process of building a portfolio and landing a job can feel overwhelming.

Your personalized team

Work with a mentor from our curated community of 100’s of the best designers in the world.

Adam Gong

UX Designer, Pro Unlimited

Patrick McClary

Associate UI/UX Product Director, HackerU

Katie Pang

Product Designer, Nerdwallet

Mathijs Sterrenburg

Creative Director, Velicus

Juliette Weiss

Senior Design Manager, Microsoft

Nick Finck

Founder & Principal Consultant, Craft & Rigor

Hugo Samayoa

UX/UI Designer, Accointing.com

Daniel Schwartz

Director of Product Design, D2iQ

Meet the rest of your team

Your student advisor

There for you, every step of the way.

Your recruiting advisor

Helping you get job-ready, faster.

Student community

Get feedback, feel supported.

Our Mentor Programs

Learning

Mentor Programs Learning
Your Own Private Mentor
1-on live video sessions 4 hours
Weekly project feedback from your mentor
Recruiter sessions -
Peer-to-peer feedback sessions 1 session
Student Advisor
Portfolio and Career Resource Library Lifetime Access
Project Library Lifetime Access
Private Student Community Lifetime Access
Price $899
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Building

Mentor Programs Building
Your Own Private Mentor
1-on live video sessions 5 hours
Weekly project feedback from your mentor
Recruiter sessions 1 portfolio Review Session
Peer-to-peer feedback sessions Unlimited Sessions
Student Advisor
Portfolio and Career Resource Library Lifetime access
Project Library Lifetime access
Private Student Community Lifetime access
Price $999 Best Value!
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Launching

Mentor Programs Launching
Your Own Private Mentor
1-on live video sessions 6 hours
Weekly project feedback from your mentor
Recruiter sessions 1 Portfolio Review Session
1 Private Career Prep Session
Peer-to-peer feedback sessions Unlimited sessions
Student Advisor
Portfolio and Career Resource Library Lifetime access
Project Library Lifetime access
Private Student Community Lifetime access
Price $1199
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Mentor Programs Learning Building Launching
Your Own Private Mentor
1-on live video sessions 4 hours 5 hours 6 hours
Weekly project feedback from your mentor
Recruiter sessions - 1 portfolio Review Session 1 Portfolio Review Session
1 Private Career Prep Session
Peer-to-peer feedback sessions 1 session Unlimited Sessions Unlimited sessions
Student Advisor
Portfolio and Career Resource Library Lifetime Access Lifetime access Lifetime access
Project Library Lifetime Access Lifetime access Lifetime access
Private Student Community Lifetime Access Lifetime access Lifetime access
Price $899 $999 Best Value! $1199
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Join 1000’s of other designers around the world

RookieUp helped me create a wonderful portfolio and as a result, I’m currently working on a passion project right now with a dream client!

RookieUp helped me create a wonderful portfolio and as a result, I’m currently working on a passion project right now with a dream client!

Stephanie Landed new clients

Thank you RookieUp for helping me land a web design job. The resources are great and I learned a lot. Perfectly curated and helpful for anyone trying to launch their design career.

Thank you RookieUp for helping me land a web design job. The resources are great and I learned a lot. Perfectly curated and helpful for anyone trying to launch their design career.

John Landed a Web Design job

RookieUp is exactly what I was looking for to freshen up my skills and move forward into a Product Designer role.

RookieUp is exactly what I was looking for to freshen up my skills and move forward into a Product Designer role.

Jos Got a Product Design role

RookieUp helped me refresh my design skills and gave me the springboard I needed to change direction in my career.

RookieUp helped me refresh my design skills and gave me the springboard I needed to change direction in my career.

Alex Got a job

It helped me enhance my portfolio and land my first intermediate Design role.

It helped me enhance my portfolio and land my first intermediate Design role.

Alina Leveled up!

RookieUp has inspired me be better at my current job and gives me a sense of forward momentum for my future. I can't wait to use these skills to develop my own personal projects.

RookieUp has inspired me be better at my current job and gives me a sense of forward momentum for my future. I can't wait to use these skills to develop my own personal projects.

Robin Leveled up his career

I am so happy I stumbled across RookieUp. It's an amazing, affordable option in growing my career in UX, compared to most other programs which were thousands of dollars.

I am so happy I stumbled across RookieUp. It's an amazing, affordable option in growing my career in UX, compared to most other programs which were thousands of dollars.

Ian Got a job

The RookieUp Mentor Program helped me polish my portfolio and get confident to start a new job.

The RookieUp Mentor Program helped me polish my portfolio and get confident to start a new job.

Louis Landed a job

My mentor who guided me on the best route to switch careers into UX design. I have now been working at my job as UX/UI Designer for 7 months!

My mentor who guided me on the best route to switch careers into UX design. I have now been working at my job as UX/UI Designer for 7 months!

Rohan Got a job

The program helped me create an excellent portfolio. I learned so much from my mentor and RookieUp.

The program helped me create an excellent portfolio. I learned so much from my mentor and RookieUp.

Dave Built his portfolio

The RookieUp Bootcamp helped me go through the recruitment stage and land a job at the company I'm currently working at.

The RookieUp Bootcamp helped me go through the recruitment stage and land a job at the company I'm currently working at.

Luis Landed a job!

RookieUp’s Mentor Program helped me get the confidence to apply for jobs I wouldn't have thought I was qualified for.

RookieUp’s Mentor Program helped me get the confidence to apply for jobs I wouldn't have thought I was qualified for.

Melanie Leveled up her career

The bootcamp helped me polish up my portfolio and land a great design job with a large US company!

The bootcamp helped me polish up my portfolio and land a great design job with a large US company!

George Landed his first design job

What a gem! The Mentor Program has a wonderful collection of resources that helped me fill in my knowledge gaps and build my portfolio.

What a gem! The Mentor Program has a wonderful collection of resources that helped me fill in my knowledge gaps and build my portfolio.

Chris Built his portfolio

It has been essential in my efforts to polish my portfolio and land my dream design job.

It has been essential in my efforts to polish my portfolio and land my dream design job.

Betinho Built a portfolio

RookieUp really did help me build up my portfolio and land a great job.

RookieUp really did help me build up my portfolio and land a great job.

Shaun Got a job

The RookieUp Bootcamp gave me the confidence required to switch role and industry in my 30s.

The RookieUp Bootcamp gave me the confidence required to switch role and industry in my 30s.

Gigi Switched careers!

I landed a position as a UX Designer for a private company! I’m insanely grateful to my mentor for guiding my focus and helping me feel confident about my abilities. His support and advice helped me land my dream role!

I landed a position as a UX Designer for a private company! I’m insanely grateful to my mentor for guiding my focus and helping me feel confident about my abilities. His support and advice helped me land my dream role!

Dennis Got a job

Thanks to RookieUp, I was able to create a better portfolio and find a great job.

Thanks to RookieUp, I was able to create a better portfolio and find a great job.

Aleksandra Get her first UI job

RookieUp helped me improve my design skills and build a portfolio that helped me get a job as a UX/UI Designer.

RookieUp helped me improve my design skills and build a portfolio that helped me get a job as a UX/UI Designer.

Deepti First UX/UI Job

I landed my first interview a month after using RookieUp and my first full time job a few months later!

I landed my first interview a month after using RookieUp and my first full time job a few months later!

Ellisandra Got her first design job.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of design do the programs cover?

The beauty of our Mentor Programs is that they are perfect for every type of aspiring designer! Since we don’t focus on structured curriculum, you’ll tell us what type of design you’re interested in and we’ll handpick the perfect mentors to help you achieve your design goals, whatever they are! From UX/UI Design to UX Research to Visual Design and more, we’ve got 100’s of mentors around the world ready to help you achieve your creative dreams!

I'm not sure what type of design job I want. Should I still enroll?

Absolutely! One of the best parts about working with a mentor is that they’ve been working in the design field for a while and know all about the different types of roles (and the best personality types for each of them), so they can help guide you based on your interests, personality, and style.

How is this different from a normal bootcamp?

Our Mentor Programs are built around the concept that there are a lot of great design courses out there that teach you design fundamentals, but leave you all alone for the hardest part — building a portfolio and actually landing a job. The same is true for normal bootcamps, which assume every student is at the same skill level and therefore require you to go through the same structured curriculum and projects as everyone else, even if you have already started learning design or just want to work with a mentor to achieve something specific to your goals! Our Mentor Programs take the best part of bootcamps (the mentorship) and separate them from the curriculum, so you can spend 100% of your time in the program working with your mentor on projects that match your goals and your goals alone!

Is this for total beginners?

We recommend that you have at least 1-2 months of studying design on your own before enrolling. While you’re welcome to enroll as a total beginner and work with your mentor to put together a learning action plan, you’ll probably get the most out of the program if you already have a basic understanding of the design process and have played around with design tools like Figma and Sketch a bit on your own. On the other hand, if all you want is a mentor as you start learning design, then you should definitely still consider enrolling!

I'm already pretty experienced in Design. Do I really need this?

While we can’t answer for everyone, most RookieUp students are 3-12 months into studying Design and realize that they want to work with a mentor to help them get over some sort of blocker or challenge. This could be getting projects portfolio-ready, finding the right jobs, or even interviewing. You’ll get paired with the perfect mentor no matter how far along you are.

I prefer learning design on my own. Why do I need a mentor?

There are a ton of great design courses online, and most people prefer self-study over a classroom format. But 1-on-1 mentorship is proven to help you achieve your career goals faster (it’s why $15k+ bootcamps focus on it so much), so combining your own self-study with a mentor who is there to help anything you get stuck or want feedback is the best possible career-prep combo!

I like structure. Is this the right program for me in that case?

Our programs are designed to be flexible and customized to your goals. As such, there’s no mandatory curriculum or rigid tasks. You can use the time with your mentor however you want to. However, we know that many people like structure, so we also provide optional week-by-week frameworks that show our recommendations for get the most out of the program that you can use if you want a bit more structure

Will I get a job after finishing a Mentor Program?

While we can’t guarantee a job (did you know that even $15k bootcamps don’t guarantee jobs after graduating!?), we can say that many of our students find internships or jobs within a few months of finishing the program. Working with a mentor is a surefire way to progress much more quickly than you will on your own and get the insight of an experienced designer to help you build a portfolio that will wow employers. And if you’re enrolling in our Building or Launching programs, you’ll also get time with a dedicated recruiter to create your career action plan!

What if I'm not satisfied with the Mentor Program?

While our programs are much cheaper than most bootcamps out there, we still want you to be able to give them a shot without feeling like you’re taking a huge risk. We’re confident you’ll love your Mentor Program, so we created the RookieUp Guarantee — if you’re not happy with the program in the first 2 weeks, you can get a 100% refund! No risk, all reward :-).

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