Building Experience: Jason’s Career in Software Engineering
My name is Jason Cox, and I'm motivated by a desire to learn and to make the lives of those around me a little bit better.
How does Qualtrics connect with your 'why'?
Qualtrics has provided me with tons of learning opportunities. Every day I'm able to work on real-world software projects and apply what I'm learning in school. I'm also surrounded by intelligent coworkers who teach me valuable technical skills and life lessons.
Qualtrics allows me to be a positive influence in the lives of others. The experience management tools I help build are used to improve experiences all over the world. Most importantly, though, Qualtrics gives me the flexibility I need to be there for my family and involve myself in other meaningful pursuits.
What attracted you to Qualtrics in the first place?
My good friend talked all the time about how great Qualtrics is: flexible schedule, cool people, good pay, free food, etc. I was also excited to find a part-time job that would allow me to work 40 hours a week during the summer and potentially go full-time after graduation.
What is your favorite part of your role as a part-time software engineer?
I love the fact that I'm treated almost exactly like any other engineer at Qualtrics. I do the same work as my full-time coworkers, so it's been a great chance to experience what it will be like to work as a software engineer after graduation.
What surprised you most about working at Qualtrics?
I'm impressed by their interest in my well-being above the company's well-being. My manager made it clear to me from the very start that family and school took precedence over my work, and that I could adjust my schedule as needed to accommodate those priorities. On top of that, he was supportive when I expressed an interest in taking a few months off to pursue an internship opportunity to gain additional perspective before graduating and beginning a full-time career. Obviously, I'm expected to do great work for the company, but Qualtrics also sincerely wants me to have a successful life regardless of where that leads me.
What made you want to get into engineering?
I started coding when I was in middle school, but I explored several other options at college before settling on software engineering. I was excited about the learning opportunities resulting from technology's rapid rate of change, and I love the creativity involved in solving technical problems.
What is your top #LifeHack?
Get enough sleep. It's simple, but it makes a world of difference.
Qualtrics is growing, and if you're ready to find your "why" at a place like this, you can explore our open opportunities at any time by visiting our career page. Looking to discover more reasons "Why Qualtrics"? You can find the whole series here.
|Jason will graduate from Brigham Young University in 2020 with a degree in Computer Science. He enjoys entertaining his two-year-old son, tinkering with computers, and playing sports with friends.|
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