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Carolina, Recruiter, “¡échale ganas!”

How has family played a role in your career/professional development?

At a young age, my parents instilled the importance of working hard. As immigrants from Mexico, they wanted to provide my brothers and me with a better life where we would get an education and have a chance at a successful career. As a first-generation college student and now first-generation professional, it was not always easy. Although I am thankful to have the support of my parents, it was difficult to have to navigate new spaces (college applications, financial aid, applying for jobs, etc.) all while explaining the process to my parents and setting an example for my brothers. I am thankful for my mom and dad who have shown me that hard work pays off. 

What does being in tech mean to you as an URM and/or first generation student?

My identity as a first-gen student and professional has played a pivotal role in my career journey. When asked what I wanted to be growing up, my answer was always, “I want to help people.” Younger me thought that meant I had to be a doctor. My early career path led me to higher education where I helped students find jobs and internships. After 6 years of being an educator, I was ready for a new challenge and had my eyes set on pivoting to tech. I loved helping students with their career journey, whether it was finding jobs or reviewing resumes, so pivoting to recruiting made sense as I wanted to continue helping people through meaningful connections. Rejection after rejection, the imposter syndrome kicked in. It was during the times where I wanted to give up that I was reminded of my parents' words “¡échale ganas!” (give it all you’ve got!)! 

What I appreciated about Qualtrics, and what ultimately led me here was how much they believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Nine months into my role, I have learned so much and have grown professionally and personally. I am proud of not giving up and being a Latina in the tech space.

How do you build community or how have you found or built a community at Qualtrics?

Being new to Seattle and the tech space, one of my main goals was to build community, not just professionally but personally as well. I started to get involved with the Latinas In Tech (LiT) Seattle chapter. Attending networking events and programs allowed me to get the opportunity to connect with other Latinas in the field. I am also thankful to have been able to build a community at Qualtrics, not only within the tech recruiting team, but by getting involved with Mosaiq, which led to my involvement in the planning committee for Latinx Heritage Month. I am thankful to have space where I can be my authentic self. 

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