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Product designer: Aligning career with personal values

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A lot of tech didn't necessarily resonate with me. I think I was getting a little bit jaded. We have so many brilliant people here, but a lot, not a lot, but some of the technology I feel like that's being created wasn't necessarily you know, impactful. We have people designing apps where you can get a pizza in 15 minutes, but we have homeless people starving on the streets. So, I knew I wanted to return to social impact. But that's sort of a niche and I didn't know where to start, so where I started was with my fellowship. I won't to the manager of the fellowship and I was like, hey, you know, do you know of any designers, or design positions in social impact or with any of the companies, nonprofits that you work with, and he was like, "Oh yeah, actually like One Degree "started hiring." I was like, "Okay, cool, I'll check them out. "Yeah, I'll check them out." I was like oh, this is awesome. They're fighting poverty, and that's what I've been doing for most of my career. They've been fighting poverty and also there is such, they seem to be a company that really has it together and they've been able to do so much with so little resources. They're backed by Google, and they're backed by like Y Combinator, so I knew that they had their stuff together, and they were really like being very thoughtful and impactful with their resources. So I applied and actually I didn't expect to get a response, honestly, but the CTO reached out and he was like, "Hey, you know, "I'd like to interview you.", and then over the course of five interviews, got to know each other better, and the more I talked to them, the more I felt like this feels right. We're really aligning here on our values, on what we care about in the world. Their team is incredibly diverse in terms of gender, race and sexual orientation and that matters to me, and also everyone there is there because of the mission, to fight poverty, and they care about issues like this, and they value design. They're really eager to have someone there be a design leader. So, they offered me the job and then now I'm starting in three days! Where I want to move forward is ideally, becoming a designer in social impact, whatever that means. I already am a designer in social impact, but I think really leading that space. 'Cause right now, tech, there's so much design talent in corporate tech, if you will, all these other tech companies, but the social impact design space, and social impact tech space is sort of niche, it's sort of off to the side and it's a little smaller. But I think part of my vision is really expanding that!
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