Lyudmyla, Software Engineer, describes Qualtrics in three words: experience, growth, creativity
For me, personal growth and success is very important – it shapes your character, allows you to explore your strengths, and be better than you were yesterday. One of the most crucial things here is motivation. My motivation comes from the people around me, especially here at Qualtrics. Every day you meet fantastic, creative, and brilliant people and that is a true inspiration for me.
What attracted you to Qualtrics in the first place?
People (from all interviews).
What was the turning point where you knew you 'had to have the job' at Qualtrics?
During interviews. When I was waiting for the second interviewer in the room and looked out the window at the view of the city. I just felt like I needed to work here, definitely :)
What does your day look like?
Every day has new challenges :) but in general, you’re usually just solving problems – starting from naming variables and ending with creating complex designs for new systems.
What is your favorite part of your role?
Challenges. I like that every time you finish learning some topic, there will be another right away. So you study and grow all the time to keep up.
If you are not originally from Krakow, can you tell us your story of moving there?
Originally I am from Ukraine and I moved to Krakow to study at Jagiellonian University. After a while I just loved the city so, after finding a job at Qualtrics, it was clear for me that I wanted to stay here.
Any tips for someone who is looking to get into a career like yours?
Always keep trying. At the beginning I got quite a few “no’s” from various companies and I'm very glad that I just kept trying and worked harder.
What has surprised you most about working at Qualtrics?
How much influence engineers have on the final product. It was surprising for me that, as a developer, you’re not just creating code but you’re part of the discussion of what and why we are going to build.
What made you want to get into software engineering?
My first internship during university studies was the first time when I was contributing to some real project. It was a great feeling to be able to create something, to see how your knowledge and work transform into something that will be used by other people.
What are your aspirations in career/life?
In life, I would like to travel all around the world. In my career, it’s hard to say, but I would like to feel that every day I learn more and more, and get better and better in my skills.
What is your top #LifeHack?
Rest when you feel tired. You will be much more productive if you charge your batteries regularly.
What's a favorite moment of your time at Qualtrics so far?
When I was a buddy for a new hire, I could share all the knowledge I gathered during my time working at Qualtrics. It was a great feeling.
How have you become involved in the community at Qualtrics?
There is a lot of stuff going on all the time – team meetings, Hackathons, TGIT. It is always a great opportunity to meet people or to volunteer. I am also a volunteer for Manara, which is a fantastic opportunity not only to help, but meet new people and learn.
What 3 words would you use to describe Qualtrics to someone?
Experience. Growth. Creativity.
How do you feel you've been able to apply what you studied at school to your career?
For me, studies give you a foundation that allows you to build all other skills you will gather during work.
What's a myth about software engineering that you'd like to bust?
What a typical programmer would look like – after working in IT you see that people here are very different and there is no "specific" type.
|Lyudmyla Zakharchuk is an alumna of Uniwersytet Jagielloński (Jagiellonian University) and started her career here at Qualtrics. She enjoys traveling and has been to ~20 different countries and hopes to visit even more.|
July 28, 2022