Boost Your Skill-Set with a Design Bootcamp

Disclaimer: This is a guest blog. The views expressed in the blog post are those of the author and may not express the views of GMR Web Team.  [caption id="attachment_4229" align="aligncenter" width="708"]Boost Your Skill-Set with a Design Bootcamp Design Bootcamps can give you the tools and knowledge to allow complete work freedom and flexibility when you are out on your own freelancing.[/caption] If you aspire to be at the top of your web design or web development game, there's no better way to separate yourself from the rest of the bunch than by enrolling in a design bootcamp.

What is a design bootcamp?

A bootcamp is a fast-paced program the provides students with a high-intensity experience that immerses students in a creative, collaborative environment in order to produce extraordinary results in a relatively short timeframe. Dedicating weeks to your own personal growth will prime you for full-time design work in almost any environment. Here are some of the ways this hardcore approach can contribute to making you a better designer.

Failure is Your Friend

It's called a bootcamp for a reason. You're not there to be babied. You're there to dominate your craft. One of the more undervalued benefits of ux/ui bootcamp is its emphasis on learning from your mistakes. Working at a fast pace with a steep learning curve will help you realize your true potential as a designer. The more mistakes you make, the better off you'll be.

Branch Out Your Network

Networking is hard and for some- can be emotionally or mentally difficult. So, why not let a design bootcamp do the grunt work for you? Here you will be exposed to designer peers and potential employers who may share a lifetime bond with you. Not to mention, signing up for a designer bootcamp with a favorable placement rate will all but lock up your future career prospects as many of these programs are recruiting vessels to the top design shops in town.

Full-Stack Training

You already have a good eye for design, now hone it. Art schools don't account for designing in realistic settings like design bootcamps do. From the front-end to the back-end, these bootcamps will arm you with the knowledge necessary to perform in virtually any UX/UI work setting. And a designer that can succeed in full-stack is a very desirable employee to hire due to the multiple skill sets acquired and overall awareness of the design/development space.

Real-World Collaboration

Sure, design is a creative art. But it's also a business. Your skills may have gotten you this far, but how you work with others and your ability to solve difficult or complex problems will help you rise to your full potential.
  • Can you put your ego aside and work with a team?
  • Will you be open to making compromises when faced with short deadlines?
In the real-world, the realities of design are not as idyllic as we'd like them to be. Being able to perform well under pressure with a tight-knit group towards a completed goal will put another feather in your hat as you interview with creative directors and art directors.

Will you be open to making compromises when faced with short deadlines?

In the real-world, the realities of design are not as idyllic as we'd like them to be. Being able to perform well under pressure with a tight-knit group towards a completed goal will put another feather in your hat as you interview with creative directors and art directors.

About the author:

Aaron Fazulak is the CEO of Designation, and previously was an experienced business operations consultant through his years as an entrepreneur and public accountant at Ernst & Young.