Career Prep Course

Product Design Career Preparation

  • 8 weeks
  • English
  • Certified Course
The next course starts April 17, 2023

~10hrs/wk for 8 weeks

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Get your portfolio reviewed & interview prep tips from your career coach, if you don't land a job we'll give you your money back!

  • Job guarantee
  • Portfolio Review
  • Interview Prep
  • Dedicated Mentorship
  • Hiring Network
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Job guarantee

Land your dream design job or get your money back


Weekly live & interactive sessions with your design mentor

Hiring Company Network

Get your portfolio in front of our vast network of top employers

Course Overview

Get Hired as A Product Designer

Are you a recent graduate looking for your first product design role? Or are you re-entering the job market feeling uncertain? This Product Design Career Preparation course is for you; get paired with an expert career coach to handhold you into the next step in your career.

Joining one of the fastest-growing career tracks comes with a steep learning curve and the Design interview process is just one of many humps to overcome. Having to build and showcase a portfolio is definitely not something which comes natural to many people.

This course teaches students how to handle the process of finding your next position as a Designer. You’ll learn how to approach the job hunting process from defining what type of position is best to you, to choosing which pieces to place in your portfolio, you’ll learn where to find jobs and how to stand out in your application, understand how to ace the interview process, become a pro at negotiating, and how to be successful in the first few months of your job.

The first few steps of your next career move can feel uncertain but it doesn’t have to be. You will finish this course feeling more confident about finding your next position and feeling excited about what’s to come.

Career Prep Benefits

Portfolio Review
Application & CV Guidance
Hiring Network Access
Interview Practice & Preparation
Negotiation Advice
Dedicated Career Mentor

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What you’ll learn

  • Find the best job fit for you and your career through vision boarding & getting clear on the career you want
  • Build and tailor your portfolio to the ideal role you want. Get personal feedback on your portfolio from some of the best designers in the industry
  • Gain confidence in your Design skills - you will present your work in front of a group of people, to help you explain your design decisions & prepare you for the real world
  • Ace the design Interview process and understand how to work through every stage of it. Get invaluable industry insights, and design interview practice
  • Make the right impression in your new role. Learn how to navigate the first three months at your new job to make a lasting positive impression

Dribbble’s Career Prep course job guarantee

As part of Dribbble’s Career prep course you will get access to a personal career coach who will work with you for the full duration of the eight week course. You will meet with your career coach every week to get support and guidance in every aspect of finding and landing a job in Product Design; from identifying the career that is right for you to building your interview ready portfolio, get the interview process support that you need to land you your dream job. We have hand-picked our career coach specialist mentors for their hiring experience and interview process success. We are so confident that you will land a job in Product Design once you graduate, that we offer you your money back if you don’t!

Live sessions with industry leaders

  • Helen Tran
    Portfolio review & group discussion with Helen Tran

    Join your course creator, Helen Tran, for an interactive group portfolio presentation. Come prepared to present your portfolio that you have honed during the course, and get feedback from the best in the industry!

  • Afyia Smith
    Career and portfolio advice from Jessica Ko, former Google hiring manager

    Who better to learn how to build the perfect portfolio and industry interview tips & tricks from than ex-Google hiring manager, Jessica Ko. Jessica will be running a one-hour portfolio prep Q&A sessions with all course students.

  • Joey Banks
    How to land your dream job with Instagram Senior Product Designer, Nina Geometrieva

    Nina Geometrieva is a Senior Product Designer at Instagram (ex-Google). She is based in New York and has hired tons of designers, just like you! Join her for an interactive hour-long session on how to land your dream job - come with your questions!

  • Mina Markham
    Career Prep Q&A with Miro Senior Product Designer, Joël van Bodegraven

    Join Joël van Bodegraven for an interactive career prep Q&A. Joël is a Sr. Product Designer at Miro, an online collaborative whiteboard platform to bring teams together, anytime, anywhere. Besides working, Joël loves doing business and is currently working on a new project.

Got questions? with our support team who is happy to answer any questions about this course you may have!
Meet your mentor

Dedicated mentorship

You’re not in this alone, as part of this course you’ll be matched with a mentor from our network. Mentors are hand-picked and have at least 4 years of product design experience in reputable design forward companies. Learn from the best in the space, create alongside them, and receive weekly live & asynchronous feedback on real-world projects.

The Dribbble mentor network

About the course

Over 8 weeks, you will deep dive into the ins and outs of landing a job in Product Design, from interview prep to salary negotiation. Get video lessons, mentorship sessions, and career advice from some of the design community’s most accomplished design professionals. This flexible learning experience that combines guided video and live virtual sessions, lets you learn on your terms and around your schedule.

Weekly video lessons

Each week you will get hours of high quality, guided, video content taught by ex-Design Lead @ Shopify & Design Entrepreneur, Helen Tran.

Our flexible curriculum structure has been thoughtfully designed, so you don’t need to take time out of your current role to learn your craft and prepare to land your dream job. You can watch these videos and complete practice exercises in your own time, before meeting with your mentor in your live session.

Live mentorship sessions

We know that the interview process and landing a job is a subjective skill that needs hands on guidance and professional advice to master. That’s why our course includes weekly live learning sessions alongside a small group of designers from around the world. Your expert mentor will walk you and your classmates through how to approach the job search and set weekly assignments, for you to get feedback on.

Live mentorship sessions
What’s Included

An immersive and interactive learning experience

Our courses are built with students’ experience in mind - proven learning principles, mentorship, community-based plus a year of Dribbble Pro; unlocking all the tools you need to transform your career.

Expert educators

You’ll learn from the best in the design systems industry; join Joey Banks, Mina Markham & Lenora Porter for live and interactive sessions.

Live mentorship

You’ll join a small group of designers for weekly live & interactive mentorship sessions. All our mentors are hand-picked and work at top design companies.


You will be awarded a signed certificate on completion of your course, and a badge to add to your Dribbble profile.

Job guarantee

Land a job or get your money back! Throughout the course, you are supported by your dedicated career coach mentor.

Access to online community group

Connect, network and share your ideas with designers from all around the world in an exclusive student Slack group.

Permanent access to course material

Gain permanent access to video content, PDF worksheets, templates, and reference material to grow your career.

Connect with hiring companies

Get in front of Dribbble's vast network of hiring managers who work for the most design forward companies out there.

A Dribbble Pro subscription

With your course, you get one full year of Dribbble Pro, which allows you to showcase your work and get hired.

An immersive and interactive learning experience

Land your dream job with our extensive 8 week Design Career Prep course

Start your course & meet your classmates

Introduce yourself in the student Slack, meet your mentor, and get set-up by reviewing course material.

Get career support from your mentor

Build your interview ready portfolio and get feedback in live expert intimate group mentor sessions each week.

Understand the interview process

Hone in on your dream career and start applying for jobs, ace the application process and get learn how to ace your interview!

Graduate & connect with hiring managers

One graduated, connect with Dribbble's vast network of hiring managers who are actively recruiting designers just like you

  • 8 weeks
  • Weekly live 2 hr mentorship
  • ~10 hrs/week time commitment
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  • Week 1

    Learn about how to approach this process with intention and how to think about the job hunting process.

    Finding any role can be easier done than finding the best role for you. Having a clearer idea of what you’re looking for can make the portfolio and interviewing process a lot easier.

    This week, you will think through how to approach the job hunting process more intentionally. This sets you up for success in the later weeks and ensures you improve your hit rate longer-term.

  • Week 2
    Understanding the Hunt

    Understand what types of environments and people you will meet in your career.

    When job hunting, your success rates greatly increase if you know what you’re looking for. In this week you learn what type of environments are available in tech, what other roles influence the design discipline, and what hiring managers are looking for.

    Once you have a handle on that, it’s much easier to figure out how to build the best portfolio to seek your ideal role. This week, you will start the project brief process so you can continue to improve your job hunting skills.

  • Week 3
    Collecting Portfolio Pieces

    Collect or create the content which will make up the bulk of your portfolio.

    When you understand what type of samples you need to put into your portfolio, we’ll deep dive into what type of case studies you may need to provide for each role, how each case study should look and sound like, and what information to provide about your work. You will also review what should be covered in your resume and cover letter.

    To help you do this, we will run through the baseline expectations of specific design roles in the industry, along with what is expected of each role. To prepare you to start building your portfolio, you will design or write the content in preparation for your build.

  • Week 4
    Designing your Portfolio

    Design your portfolio using all the content you created and ensure you’re prepped for interviewing.

    Once we’ve collected or created all the content for your portfolio in the previous week, we will start to look at the various tools you can use and the ways you can get your foot in the door.

    We’ll run over the benefits of a Dribbble playbook, a self-hosted website, and a pitch presentation while defining out content for all three as efficiently as possible. You will be able to watch me design alongside you as you build your own.

  • Week 5
    Finding Jobs

    Understand the many ways you can find a position at the beginning of your career, from the conventional to unconventional.

    Finding directories of job listings is one way to look for a job and one that nearly everyone uses. This week we’ll consider other ways of finding your first roles to increase your chances of success.

    Job hunting is a full-time job, and you should treat it as such. The more outreach you can do, the better your chances of success.

  • Week 6
    Interview Prep

    Get ready with your new portfolio to present yourself in the best light during the interview process.

    After you have made it into the interview funnel, you will find that every company is interviewing in a completely different way! To calm your nerves, we’ll prepare for the interview process.

    This week we’ll go over the stages of the interview process, what you should be looking for, what to do during craft interviews, and how to handle negotiation conversations. You will practice with your mentor and receive feedback on how you conducted yourself. This feedback will help you smooth over any rough edges and give you an opportunity to build confidence before you start hunting yourself.

  • Week 7
    Portfolio Presentations

    Practice your portfolio presentations–the most daunting of all the interview stages!

    After all that prep, it wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t practice as much as possible with as many different types of people as possible. There’s no hiding this week!

    Using the portfolios you built in the previous weeks, you will present your portfolio to yourself, your peers, and your mentor to ensure you can collect as much feedback as possible before you’re in the interview process yourself. You will have an opportunity to identify low-hanging fruits and set goals to improve on in the future.

  • Week 8
    First Few Months

    Set yourself up for success by laying out a growth plan which works for you.

    Starting a new role can be very exciting and nerve-wrecking! While you may be assigned a new manager immediately, and hopefully a very good one, it’s good practice for you to define your own goals when you join a company and set yourself up for success.

    We’ll talk about what to expect in your first month and walk you through a goal-setting template to help you ramp up quickly.

Meet your instructor

Learn from the most qualified design instructors
in the industry.

Meet your instructor

Helen Tran

Ex Design Lead @ Shopify & Design Entrepreneur

Helen Tran has been a designer for over fourteen years, working on projects spanning all areas of design from print to product, specializing in “zero-to-one” type projects. She has designed, managed, taught design, and consulted product teams over the span of her career about everything from design to building UX organizations. She was recently focused on her start-up, which raised Dr. Evil level of money (kind of). When she’s not working, she’s still probably trying to work in some way and claiming it’s a hobby. She lives around the world with her lizard Omelette.

Jeffrey Bauer
Jeffrey Bauer
from New York, NY

“This is a great opportunity to work online and in-depth with your design heroes. The instructors are world-class, the community is amazing, and we’re inspired to add to our portfolios every week. It was amazing to see the level of feedback our mentors provided... definitely gaining value from this class!”

Vasek Otrisal
Vasek Otrisal
from Prague, Czech Republic

“Live-learning/online interactive courses are the best! Dribbble picks inspiring and really helpful people to share their thoughts, experiences, and advice. If I didn’t know the speaker before the course, I usually realize that they’re someone I should know.”

Karla Muller
Karla Muller
from Brisbane, Australia

“I found that the hands-on mentorship provides transferrable skills, relevant advice, advanced knowledge, and practical experience. This course has been a valuable experience for my career. My favorite part is the small class size, exercises at the end of each lesson, and the feedback I receive from my mentor.”

Peter Rasmussen
Peter Rasmussen
from Sydney, Australia

“Dribbble courses are always incredibly informative for me. It was fascinating to hear from industry experts and gain insight into their experience. I particularly enjoy the live classes; I love how involved and accessible they are. I find it a near-perfect balance of independence and instruction.”


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Registration closes on April 11

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Got a question about this course?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Ask us anything about the curriculum, course projects or post-graduate life.

Why Dribbble?

Biggest design community

Dribbble is where designers gain inspiration, feedback, community, and jobs and is your best resource to discover and connect with designers worldwide.

Dribbble Pro benefits

Every student will get a year of Dribbble Pro for free, allowing students access to all the tools they need to succeed in their design career, including an instant portfolio

Vast network of hiring managers

We make sure to bring your portfolio directly to our established network of active managers, making it easy for them to set up interviews and launch your career.

Frequently asked questions

When does the course start?

Dribbble’s Product Design Career Prep course runs quarterly, with the next course slated to start April 17, 2023.

How does the course work?

Dribbble’s Product Design Career Prep is for individuals with a portfolio of design work who are in need of a boost preparing a portfolio that is industry-ready and want some insights from industry experts on the job search.

Bring your design skills to the course, a compilation of design work and get mentored on interviews, networking, CV/Resume development, and more.

You’ll watch video content by Helen Tran, serial design entrepreneur, and learn what hiring managers are looking for in Designers. Each week, you’ll also attend a 2-hour expert mentor session where you’ll go over your progress in improving your portfolio, and what you can do to get hired by top companies!

Dribbble’s Product Design Career prep course will get you hired or your money back! We include a job guarantee for this course and if you complete all course requirements illustrated in the course, we’ll refund your tuition. You’ll also receive a digitally-signed certificate, and a Dribbble profile badge certifying completion and showing that you’ve connected with industry experts bringing value to your new position! You can share your certificate and badge on your social media, like LinkedIn or your personal website.

How is this different from other courses on the market?

You’ll bring your personal portfolio to the course and be mentored by industry experts to get the individualized feedback for improved quality and job-search coaching to land your next design job. You’ll meet with your mentor and classmates each week for 2 hours to learn about the Design industry.

In addition to this, you’ll be part of Dribbble’s Network with access to expert facilitator sessions from Product Designers working for top companies, like Instagram and Miro! They’ll give you the insider tips on landing these jobs and what to prepare in your next design job.

What is the course format?

The Product Design Career Prep course is a mix of on-demand and live learning! You’ll have access to digestible tutorial videos and attend your mentor sessions prepared with any questions, and to learn more on the topics!

You’ll be matched with an expert mentor from a top design company! You’ll choose your session based on your timezone and schedule. We will give you a mentor for the time you need to make you proficient.

You’ll complete assignments that are designed to push your job search skills and technique to get you a job!

What skill level is required to get started?

The Product Design Career Prep course requires you to have the basics of Product Design, be knowledgeable of Figma, and come to the course with project pieces. We recommend entering the course with at least three started portfolio pieces to get the most out of the course and be eligible for the Job Guarantee. You will be building your portfolio during the course, so you of course will need to have on hand the pieces you would like to build your portfolio from.

What are the peer/group learning opportunities in the course?

What you’ll learn in the Product Design Career Prep Course:

  • Find the best job fit for you and your career through vision boarding & getting clear on the career you want
  • Build and tailor your portfolio to the ideal role you want. Get personal feedback on your portfolio from some of the best designers in the industry
  • Gain confidence in your Design skills - you will present your work in front of a group of people, to help you explain your design decisions & prepare you for the real world
  • Ace the design Interview process and understand how to work through every stage of it. Get invaluable industry insights, and design interview practice
  • Make the right impression in your new role. Learn how to navigate the first three months at your new job to make a lasting positive impression
How can I pay for the course?

For the Product Design Career Preparation course, we have the option of 1 upfront payment of $699. (subject to change for any active discounts listed at checkout!).

How do I get my company to pay for me?

Would you like to take the course but need help asking your manager? Here are four talking points to help get your boss on board:

  1. The course will inspire and re-energize you for your work.
  2. You’ll make meaningful connections with industry experts and peers
  3. Discover new ideas for your product, best practices for your design team, and other valuable takeaways
  4. Prepare to fill a hiring need or take on a new role internally through upskilling.
  5. Implement a Design System at scale that can help connect Designers, Developers, Stakeholders with clear and concise communication.
What is the refund policy if I change my mind?

Up to 2 weeks before the start of the course, you’ll get a full refund. A prorated refund may be available once the course starts. If you have to cancel for any reason, you can submit a refund request here.

You can be assured that we obsess over the quality of our learning material, and we test it all beforehand to ensure that it’s useful. Take a look at our testimonials if you need some reassurance!

What form of payment do you accept?

Dribbble accepts most major credit cards for all of our Education courses. We cannot accept ACH bank transfers, money wires, or any other payment method for our Education courses.

How does the Job Guarantee work?


As part of Dribbble’s 8 week Product Design Career Preparation course, you may be entitled to get your tuition reimbursed if you do not receive a qualifying job offer up to 6 months after graduating the course. Qualifying offers along with all the Tuition Reimbursement requirements you need to hit are defined below. We do not make exceptions to our Job Guarantee policy.

By registering for the Product Design Career Prep course, you understand and agree that the tuition reimbursement is at the discretion of Dribbble.

Even if you are not eligible for the Job Guarantee; you are not applying for roles in product Design or building a Product Design portfolio, you will still get a lot of value from this course, and we encourage you to join!

Qualifying Job Offer:

The qualifying job offer is any job offer you receive for Product Design jobs and related positions which use both UX design and UI design skills.

Portfolio Requirements:

You must have a minimum of three portfolio pieces by the end of the course that display both UX and UI Design skills.

Request Reimbursement To request reimbursement, you should write into within the defined tuition reimbursement request period as indicated in course material and communication. If you write in after the final deadline to make this request, your reimbursement request will not be considered. During the course, you'll receive a deadline to submit your request for reimbursement. You must provide evidence that you have hit the tuition reimbursement requirements, which are tracked in our Job Board CRM. All of the below requirements must be completed before requesting the reimbursement.

Tuition Reimbursement requirements

Staying on Track:
  • Students must complete and submit assignments by the deadline set by the mentor each week. If any of your assignments are handed in late, you will not qualify for the tuition rebate.
  • The assignments must meet a good or above standard, assessed by the mentor in the assignment rubric. If your work is unsatisfactory, you will not qualify for the tuition rebate.
  • You must complete all weekly tasks by the deadline.
  • You must complete all weekly design challenges and post them in Slack.
  • If ill, medical documentation is required for exceptions.
  • Other extraordinary situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with official documentation, dates, and details provided in a formal written statement by the student.
Mentor Sessions
  • Students must attend and participate in all live weekly 2 hour mentor sessions
  • Students must attend and participate in all live expert facilitator Q&A sessions
  • Students must be active and engaged in Slack, sharing your designs with your mentor group, sharing articles & resources you find helpful, answering mentors' design prompts and completing Design tasks posted in Slack.
  • Students must be over 21 at the time of enrollment
  • The job offer must be in the city the student identified as their home city
  • Any job offer over 20 hours a week is considered a qualifying offer
  • Any job offer over 3 weeks qualifies as a successful job offer
  • The qualifying job offer can be freelance or full-time
  • A qualifying job offer can be paid or unpaid
  • You must participate in marketing drives and course testimonial collection
  • Respond to all Mentor and Dribbble Education staff communications within 2 business days
  • The tuition rebate cannot be granted to people who have a criminal record or a background check due to a criminal offense
  • All job interviews must be attended or it will not count toward the minimum of three job interviews you must attend per month after graduation.
Eligible cities:
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN
  • New York, NY
  • Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington DC
Canadian cities
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
European cities
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, UK
*reach out to if you do not see your city listed and want to confirm if a job offer in your city qualifies for our reimbursement program
Graduation Requirements
  1. 28-week course
    • a. If entering this course as part of our 28 week course, you need to join the Career Prep course with a minimum of 4 projects in your portfolio. Their mentors assessed them as "job-ready" on the rubric on each portfolio project.
      i. You must have a minimum of 3 final portfolio Case Studies at the end of the Product Design Career Prep course assessed as “job-ready” by a panel of mentors.
  2. Career Prep
    • a. Students must have completed all assignments and tasks to a good or above standard.
    • b. Students must submit their final portfolio by the deadline communicated at the start of the course.
    • c. In addition to completing all your weekly assignments & tasks to the deadlines, your finished portfolio must be accepted and approved by our Portfolio Review panel & all iterations completed one week after graduation.
    • d. You must have a minimum of 3 final portfolio Case Studies that show both UI & UX skills at the end of the Product Design Career Prep course assessed as “job-ready” by a panel of course mentors.
    • e. You can of course join the course and get a lot out of it, even if you are not applying for Product Design roles, or if you do not have 3 pieces that display both UI & UX design skills.
Job Tracking Requirements
  • You must set up your Huntr job board CRM within the fourth week of the course and keep it updated until you land a job or 6 months after graduation
  • Details on how to set up Huntr will be communicated in week one of the course
  • You must keep Huntr updated and apply to 5 jobs per week, starting in week four of the course and extending until you get a job or 6 months after graduation
  • The jobs you apply for, must be in a country you have a working Visa for and within 50 kilometers of the city you're a resident of
  • The jobs you apply for must be generalist Product Design titles e.g Product Designer, UI/UX Designer, Product Designer (not specialist titles like UX writer)
  • You must attend at least one in person networking event per month until you land a job or until 6 months after graduation.
  • You must attend three interviews per month after graduation. All job interviews you’re invited to must be attended.

Landing a job

  • If you have hit all the requirements above and don't land a job in Product Design, after taking Dribbble’s course, you should write into with the subject line ‘Career Prep course — tuition reimbursement request’

Money back guarantee

  • You will be eligible to receive the amount you paid for the Career Prep course back if you have hit all the above requirements.

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