Marina Krutchinsky  Top Mentor

Head of Design @ Amun 21Shares (crypto startup)

5.0 stars
5.0 (12 reviews)

Currently leading a fast-growing multidisciplinary design team at an NYC crypto start-up. Having worked in UX, IxD, IA, SD, CX and BX for over 20 years, including last few at American Express, I have a unique understanding of what is necessary to accelerate your UX training, improve user research skills, build a solid UX portfolio, prepare for UX/Product design job interviews, boost your UX career strategy, and turn your LInkedIn profile into a UX lead magnet. I also mentor and coach UX Academy at DesignLab, and love seeing my students succeed! Many of them are now UXing at Facebook, Spotify, Carnegie Mellon and many other cool places.

As your mentor, I can help you:
- Assess your current UX skillset
- Come up with a personal development plan to expand your skills and advance your UX career
- Build a powerful portfolio that will get you hired
- Work on your storytelling and presentation skills
- Create a results-oriented resume and cover letter
- Prepare you for job interviews, whiteboard challenges and take home assignments
- Devise a job search strategy that will land you your dream job
- and much, much more.

My mentoring style is uplifting, supportive and candid. If you’ve read “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott, this is the style. I will provide you with tons of actionable feedback without excessive sugarcoating. If something is going well, I’ll tell you so. If something needs to be improved, I’ll show you how. You will leave our sessions feeling empowered, energized and knowing exactly what to do next.

We will start with a 30-min introductory call where we’ll discuss your career goals, identify your strengths and areas needing work. Then, we will devise a structured plan tailored to you and your strengths. We will set up a cadence for video calls to ensure your progress. Between video calls, we will have weekly check-ins via chat and email.

If you are thinking about transitioning careers into UX, I will help you quickly identify your transferrable skills and teach you how to play to your strengths.

Add any questions you have for me to your application, and know you’ll have a 7 day free trial as we start working together to make sure the mentorship is the right fit!

Rooting for you and your UX career! 🙌

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What students say

"I would definitely recommend Marina as mentor for anyone who is getting into UX design or deciding related career path. She is very positive and encouraging which was very valuable trait and make you feel at ease and get the best of your sessions. She is also willing to share resources and advice for things that maybe holding you back in your career journey. Thanks Marina!"
Mithun, October 2021
5 stars
"Marina was very knowledgeable about her field. She answered all my questions!"
[email protected], April 2021
5 stars
"Working with Marina has been a great experience! She's helped me recognize and leverage my strengths as a designer. Her candid but uplifting feedback has helped me improve the work that I'm doing."
Kevin, October 2021
5 stars
"Marina helped provide clarity for many of the questions and unknowns that I’d been wrestling with. She did a wonderful job to make more tractable my journey and approach. I’d definitely recommend her."
Matthew, February 2022
5 stars
"Marina is a fantastic mentor. She has deep industry knowledge, innovative ideas, and genuinely cares and motivates you to succeed in your goals. She has an ability to quickly identify strengths and connect them with opportunities. I'm very grateful for my sessions with Marina. Highly recommended. "
Nicholas, August 2021
5 stars
"Marina is awesome. She was able to meet with me very quickly to meet for the first time and get the process going. I walked away with tons of food for thought after our first meeting. She created a development plan with exercises and concrete tasks, helped me identify gaps in my skills/knowledge, and has communicate extremely well with me. I am grateful I get to learn from her!"
A, June 2021
5 stars
"Marina was incredibly helpful, showed expert insight, and was honestly just really fun to work with. I left feeling more confident and more excited about our upcoming mentorship!"
Sylvie, May 2021
5 stars
"It was great! She really helped me talk through things and get a good plan of action. "
[email protected], June 2021
5 stars
"Marina was a pleasure to mentor with! I would recommend her to anyone seeking direction or guidance from an experienced UX Professional. "
Matt, October 2021
5 stars
"Marina's energy as well as expertise are much appreciated."
Margareta, June 2021
5 stars


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