Living with purpose: Rosalyn, Office Manager, shares her why
I believe each and every one of us was created on purpose for a purpose. We're each blessed with unique gifts, talents, and abilities - and it's our privilege to figure out what those are and live them out with integrity and grace. Every morning I get up and do what I do because I can; because my faith teaches me each new day is a gift not to be wasted.
What attracted you to Qualtrics in the first place?
I still remember the day I got a message on LinkedIn from one of Qualtrics’ recruiters. It was a snowy day, and I was at home - because in Washington, D.C. they’re afraid of snow. I remember opening the message and finding a couple of articles the recruiter had attached to highlight the Dallas office. Since I started working in corporate America, I always had jobs in stuffy office buildings. Seeing the open concept of the Qualtrics space was kind of unbelievable. The idea that there might be a job out there for me at a company that would let me wear a t-shirt to work every day seemed too good to be true. As unrealistic as I thought my chances were, I responded to the message thinking I had nothing to lose. I had a job, but a job where I could wear a t-shirt to the office would be better. Little did I know, not only did I have nothing to lose, but there was a whole lot to gain - including what now seems like a never-ending supply of Qualtrics t-shirts.
What was the turning point where you knew you "had to have the job" at Qualtrics?
Not going to lie, the interview process was grueling in that it felt never-ending. I was used to getting hired after one or two interviews. After my fourth interview with Qualtrics, I was confused about whether or not my chances were good or bad. I’d gone from keeping my expectations low after a LinkedIn message to really wanting the job after my second or third interview. The job they described to me was right in my wheelhouse, but it was the growth potential that had me sticking around for interviews five and six. Essentially, it felt like if I got the job, it would be a “choose your own adventure” situation. My opportunities to grow from within the company would be endless if I chased after them. I’d never had that before - especially not in an admin-type role. Even though I’m a millennial, and our generation has a reputation for job-hopping every couple of years, I’m not that type of gal. I was drawn to the idea of being able to find a professional home somewhere; a home full of people who wanted me to succeed and not become stagnant.
So, we know you moved to Dallas. Tell us about it!
So, after a month of interviews, the job offer finally came, and I was ecstatic. I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, I’d been given a gift from above. I was going to get to work for what sounded like a great company, I was going to get to wear a t-shirt every day, and they were going to move me across the country to do it. See, part of the appeal to the job was its location. I’d been living in Virginia and commuting into D.C. for work for almost five years. My commute was 20 hours a week. I called it my part-time job. After a while, I didn’t want to do it anymore.
Qualtrics was great, and the local team had a list of housing options for me to check out before I moved. They flew me out for a long weekend, I got to see the office, and before I left town - I’d signed a lease at an apartment complex within walking distance of our building. My commute went from two hours one way to 20 minutes a day...on foot. Needless to say, relocating for Qualtrics changed my life completely.
What has surprised you most about working at Qualtrics?
I like to think of myself as someone with a good amount of integrity. When I get hired to do a job, I endeavor to do it well. This was my goal walking into my role at Qualtrics. What I didn’t expect was that I’d end up being as invested in my job and my team as I am. My day-job has always been just that - the job I do during the day. I have a side hustle wherein lies one of my greatest passions. My job enables me to pursue my true passion; for that reason, I’m always so grateful for my day-job.
However, at Qualtrics it’s more than that. The culture that was sold to me during my interview process - the one-team, all-in value system the company boasts of - isn’t just a nice concept. It’s a real thing. I work with people that help create an environment I really enjoy being a part of; so much so, I’m all in and part of this one-team. I am truly invested in such a way that I’ve worked harder and taken on more responsibility than I thought I would, and it’s been really rewarding. From the people I’ve gotten to work with to the places I’ve been able to travel - it’s all been more than I expected.
What are your aspirations in your career/life?
I aspire to be a full-time author. I love to write. I can’t imagine my life without storytelling. One day, I hope to be able to sustain myself with my words alone. Until that day, I’m grateful for my job at Qualtrics and the experiences and relationships that come along with it. Reflecting on my “why” has renewed my appreciation for my decision to say yes to that LinkedIn message. Qualtrics is a big part of my story. And I’ve got the t-shirts to prove it.
|Rosalyn is an alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado and started her career at Bank of the West. Rosalyn loves baking bread!|
September 1, 2021