FRANCOIS DANGOTTE

Freelance UX Designer

What were you doing before you joined the Uprise program?

I was lost before the program, I had quit my job as a UX Designer for an agency in Luxembourg to start a business but I didn't have a direction or think I was strong enough or had the mindset to do it. That's why I found Nomad Academy.

How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?

I am now a freelance UX Designer creating my own company and working with new clients. I also met someone on the program who I will work with to create our own agency together at some point in the future.

What was the most surprising thing about your experience with Uprise Academy?

The most interesting and amazing part of the program was the people and the way that we could connect. This really pushed us throughout the program to be ourselves, share and learn about everything, it was honestly a relief. I felt freedom. I thought the Program Directors created an amazing environment for us. I arrived with no expectations which allowed me to be really in the moment. Personally, I now understand that I can be myself with anyone, and true honesty scares me but can really change everything. That's with myself and with others. Professionally, I found a way to work by myself, to understand how I can work productively on my project. The structure of the course helped me define what I wanted. The coaching was definitely so useful to me, having the talks to discuss what was going well, what wasn't, it was a way to know what direction I was heading in. How I feel now is so different to before! I believe in myself and I have some direction now.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the program?

Take the leap if you feel like something is missing in your life but you don't know the path to take. I think that 3 months outside of your normal place is something that pushes you to connect with people and discover yourself. But you have to feel like you really want that change. If you do - this will be the best experience.