“I say it on a daily basis, getting paid to design things is unreal.”
Justin Goldberg is still in shock that what he does as a UX Designer at TJX is his real-life job.
“Getting to work on products that tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people use regularly is mind blowing,” says Justin.
“I’m confident that this is the career path I’ve been searching for for the past 6+ years, so it’s as much, if not more, than what I was expecting.”
Searching for The Right Career Fit
Shortly after graduating from the University of Vermont, where Justin got a BSBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship, he moved to Seattle. From there, he bounced around from job to job almost yearly, searching for a role that fit nicely.
During this time, Justin held positions in advertising, account management, sales, and marketing. He worked for companies ranging from fitness to video to music — including for the popular music streaming service, Pandora.
“With each role I was trying to find something more creative, collaborative and invigorating to me. I was sick of spreadsheets and analytics” Justin says.
While Justin’s resume may have labeled him as a paid social and analytics guru, he admits to never having actually felt drawn to those roles.
“I really wanted to be more creative, collaborate, solve problems, make an impact in people's lives, and help shape brands and products.”
When Justin first learned about UX design, it just felt right.
“I learned all I could through webinars and networking to really figure out if UX was what I wanted to do. After months of research, I made the plunge and signed up for Designlab’s UX Academy.”