From Athlete to UX/UI Designer

By BrainStation May 16, 2017

UX Design Alumni in Toronto

Get to know Morgan McNinsh, who joined us for 10 weeks in our full-time UX Design program in Toronto. Learn more about why Morgan enrolled, the bootcamp experience, and how the program impacted her confidence and career.

What were you doing before the course?

Prior to coming to BrainStation, I was just coming back from Hawaii where I competed in Ironman World Championships. Having trained for almost two full years as an athlete, I was lost on what to do next.

What prior experience (if any) did you have in the course material taught?

I knew nothing about the programs I know now. I was ensured by multiple people that this was going to be okay. However, you have to show up with a driven mind set. The course is a bootcamp, and there is no possible way for you to be an expert on lectures alone. Taking time after class and on the weekend to continue learning was critical.

Why did you decide to enroll in the program?

When I started to apply for jobs and had to stretch the truth about my interests and work experience I knew I was setting myself up for failure. I wanted tangible skills and a portfolio to showcase what I can do for a company.

What were your feelings going into the program? Excited? Nervous?

My situation is a little different. I enrolled into the course a week late. I found BrainStation on a Tuesday and by Friday I was given a borrowed laptop and sitting lecture. I was so inspired and excited. I knew BrainStation was the right place for me and everyone around me saw it too.

What job did you land coming out of the program?

I finished school exactly ten days ago. Coming out of the program I have three freelance jobs that I am currently working on. Wire-framing an iOS app for an individual in Toronto, Wire-Framing a Web App for a company in New York, and building a blog for a close friend. I also have two interviews lined up for this week. The end goal for me is to end up in a full-time position as a UX/UI designer. I struggle with patience, but this is one thing I have to take my time with.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Prior to coming to BrainStation, I was really lost on what to do next in life. Having trained for an Ironman for almost 2 years I missed out on saving, getting a job and moving out of my basement. BrainStation was undoubtedly the best thing for my self-esteem and confidence. I met people who let me shine as an intelligent woman, not an athlete. One day, a teacher suggested we write down positive things about one another on a piece of paper. I will never forget this day and the positive things that showed up on my sheet. I started to tear up in class because I never expected to a 10-week course to help me shed an old identity and build a pathway for a new one.

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