UI/UX Design Bootcamp
Mireya Luna
Before Springboard:
Social media manager
After Springboard:
Student in Springboard's UI/UX Design Bootcamp
"The program seems very rigorous but easy to understand. There are ways to customize it to fit your needs, which I appreciate. I’m really happy with what I’ve seen so far. "
"The program seems very rigorous but easy to understand. There are ways to customize it to fit your needs, which I appreciate. I’m really happy with what I’ve seen so far. "
Meet Mireya Luna, a student in Springboard’s UI/UX Design Bootcamp.

Before Springboard, Mireya Luna led social media marketing for a children’s theater company in Omaha, Nebraska. She created and published weekly posts to promote the theater’s teen programming and wrote research reports to help the theater apply for grants.

After taking time away from the workforce to have some medical procedures done, Mireya began to reevaluate her career path.

She’d always had a creative side—Mireya earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre and dance but yearned for a stable career. Mireya is the third sibling in her family to enroll in Springboard. Her sister, Vianey Luna, graduated from Springboard’s Cyber Security Bootcamp in 2021 and is now a cybersecurity supervision specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Seeing her sister succeed after completing Springboard, despite having no technical background—Vianey was a former Spanish teacher—Mireya decided to enroll in Springboard’s UI/UX Design Bootcamp. Meanwhile, her sister, Nadia, recently completed Springboard’s Software Engineering Bootcamp.

“We all went to the same university, and now we all work in tech,” Mireya mused. “Seeing my sisters take that leap forward gave me the confidence to pursue a career change of my own.”

What led you to Springboard?

After I saw both my sisters go through a Springboard bootcamp, I felt certain this was a legitimate program that offered lots of helpful resources. Before this, I worked as a social media lead at a children’s theater, so I was making a major career change. I wanted a more stable career.

I took Springboard’s career quiz to see which bootcamp resonated with me the most. I chose the UI/UX Design Bootcamp because it fits my interests and the skills I’ve already developed. It felt great to find that there was a place for me in the tech world.

Are you juggling any other responsibilities while studying at Springboard?

No, I’m between jobs, so I’ve had the luxury of focusing only on my studies. But I also have to make sure I create a balance so I don’t get burned out or stress myself out. There’s definitely a learning curve to finding better ways to manage my time and create a sustainable schedule for myself as a student. The Springboard advisors have advocated for me to take breaks and pace myself.

What do you think of the UI/UX Design Bootcamp so far?

I’ve had the chance to jump in with both feet. There’s a lot of material, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming. I feel certain that I’m grasping all of the concepts. I’m looking forward to everything I’m going to learn. I go back and forth with my sisters asking them for advice.

How is your relationship with your mentor?

I’m grateful to have a mentor who’s so experienced in their field and has so much knowledge to offer. It feels like having a safety net, especially when you’re transitioning into a completely new career and haven’t found your footing. It’s great to have someone guide you through the process—someone you ask the nitty gritty questions you don’t get to ask anyone else. It’s a unique opportunity that you don’t get anywhere else.

What do your friends and family think of your career switch?

Our mom’s really proud. She’s happy we’ve all chosen careers in technology. Our family is excited that we’re taking steps forward in our careers and making proactive choices to succeed. Given that we’re all in a similar field, it’s like my sisters and I have a mini-community within our family. Before this, we all had different careers. Now, it feels like we’re more united.

What made you interested in a tech career?

I’ve always been interested in tech but was scared to delve into it. I’m more of a creative person, so I felt it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t have the skills. When I was in college, my older sister told me about Latinitas, a program that mentors Latinas interested in a tech career. When my older sister enrolled in Springboard’s Cyber Security Bootcamp and told me about her career transition, I felt confident that this was the place for me.

You’re still early on in your career switch, but what do you hope to achieve in the future?

I’m still feeling it out. There are so many different UX design specializations, which is exciting. I’m looking for a stable career that will let me practice my new skills and grow. It feels good to set goals for myself, knowing I can meet them. Now I can create things I couldn’t just a few weeks ago, which is wild.

I’m looking forward to defining my career goals. Before, my goals were up in the air. Springboard is helping me define my career goals and plan how to get there.

Your sister, Vianey, completed Springboard’s Cyber Security Bootcamp a few years ago and successfully switched careers. How did her journey influence yours?

Seeing her be so successful inspired me. She’s always been a pioneer in our family who is not afraid to try new things. We all went to the same university and are now all in tech. Seeing her take that leap forward gave me confidence. My sister is successful and I trust her opinion, so I felt safe to make the choice to join Springboard.

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