My Winding Road to Product Design

I started my journey into the creative industries mid way through my Bachelors Degree at Queen’s University while studying International Relations. I experienced break down after break down as I started to realize this path I had embarked on when I was 17 was not leading to a career I wanted to pursue. I knew at that point that I wanted to be doing something creative and design oriented, I just didn’t know where to start. To cope, I began to reconcile these feelings with internships in film, events, and fashion. After university I decided to pursue events. I was excited to be creating experiences for people, and loved that I could get my hands dirty in a variety of industries.

Over the past three years I have worked in event management in North America and Europe. I had some wonderful experiences, but the industry just wasn’t the creative outlet I was hoping it would be. I was first exposed to the vibrant world of product design during my time at BrainStation, a digital education company in Toronto where I worked as a Campus Coordinator. On campus, I was surrounded and inspired by the stories, work, and creativity of our impassioned community and my fascination with this industry continued to grow. After about a year of teetering with the idea of making a career change and struggling with the feeling that it might be too late to do so, in September of 2018 I decided to jump back into education to study UX and UI design.

Over the course of my intensive UX and UI programs I quickly felt a passion for what I was learning and creating. I was excited to go to class and upon finishing the courses with a working prototype I felt a sense of accomplishment that I had never experienced in school or work before.

While my path to product design has been full of twists and turns, I wouldn’t change it for the world. As I reflect on my past experiences I’m grateful for my events background, as it taught me to work collaboratively, attack a problem creatively, and remain cool as a cucumber under pressure. Which are all things that I can take with me into my future as a product designer.

I am eager to continue to learn and immerse myself in this world, and I’m seeking an opportunity to be mentored and a chance to grow with a product team. So, if you’re looking for a dedicated learner, team player, and designer to join your company I’d love to chat.

And if you’re just an onlooker, stay tuned as I will be keeping this blog up to date with my musings and thoughts during this interesting juncture in my life.


Creatively yours,
Tabs