Although Castro was passionate about her work at a youth-focused nonprofit, she felt exhausted by the long hours and low pay. After her brother told her about user experience (UX) design, she was sold. “I was shocked because a lot of what a UX designer does is what I had been doing at my job, except for the design software,” she says.
After UXDI, Castro secured a role helping nonprofits with fundraising and community engagement. After so many years in the nonprofit sector, the impact she’s making is especially rewarding: “We’re constantly saving small organizations time and resources to advance their missions,” she says. “That’s the most gratifying experience — to know I’m designing better solutions to help nonprofits every day.”
Learn more about Castro’s delve into design here.