Meet Ironhack Barcelona alumna, Clémence de Robert, and learn how she built her freelance design career after her UX/UI bootcamp
A French and Canadian national, Clémence is an ironhacker who is passionate about the world of design and the way of working as a freelancer. After completing the UX/UI design bootcamp at the Ironhack Barcelona campus in 2020, Clémence began to manage her network of contacts throughout Europe and found a niche within the freelance world. Learn about her story in this interview!
Studying at Ironhack changed my life at every level. I chose Ironhack as a school because the it was more advanced, so it's very high and demanding. I was looking for an immersive experience that could level up my designing skills. And it exceeded all my expectations.
I applied for a scholarship from Canada and chose to study at the Barcelona campus, and I fell in love with the city. Now, after a year, I am still here.
I originally studied Systems Engineering. During my first 3 years of career, I became passionate about work methodologies and tried different roles in technology such as Scrum Master and Product Owner, and in the end, UX design. I was able to gain design experience through this work and then switched to freelancing. So I was working as a freelance UX designer before doing the bootcamp! The bootcamp helped me deepen and solidify my skills.
Sure! Since I started my career in Canada, I have been primarily exposed to the North American culture of working. This means that in the world where I grew up, entrepreneurship and autonomy were highly valued. It was a world where I felt like I had the freedom and support to grow in the direction I wanted. That allowed me to change careers several times and launch myself into freelancing without fear.
Also, the fact thar I speak 3 languages gives me many job opportunities. For example, I have a project with an American company where I have to do User Research with people in Spain and France!
Actually, I was already working as a freelancer in Canada, before the course started. So when the course ended and all the students were applying for positions here in Spain, I was doing a lot of networking all over Europe to create my network of contacts from scratch. And now I have job opportunities in different cities in Europe and I have the privilege of being able to choose my favorite projects.
Being a freelancer allows me to have flexibility in my day-to-day life. I work 3-4 days a week from where I want to, and I collaborate with several people in different companies throughout Europe, which allows me to continue growing and learning in a very open context.
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This was one of the reasons why I chose Ironhack! Since I finished the bootcamp, I go to work from campus almost every day! I use a lot of space. Even people think I work for Ironhack 😜 But also, I love the idea of being able to visit the other campuses because I move around a lot in various cities, and that allows me to have access to a workspace and a local community! For example, I went to visit the campus and the team in Berlin, and that gave me opportunities to do events and collaborate with companies in Germany!
Of course! I love talking about my Ironhack experience and all the positive things it has brought into my life. I highly recommend the school for people who want to dedicate themselves to changing careers, and who are looking for a very dense and practical type of education. But I also know that it is a big decision, so it is important that each one think carefully about the best form and the best time to change careers. Just doing a bootcamp is not enough to become a UX designer, but the course is the beginning of a great adventure 🚀
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