Delaney, Software Engineer, shares her Qualtrics story
I chose to major in Computer Science on a whim. Crazy, right? A family friend encouraged me to do so and said the opportunities are endless and the field needs more women. I've always been up for a challenge and went all in on this one. I want to empower girls and other women to go after what they want, take risks, know they can do anything they set their minds to, and most importantly redefine the norm. I hope to see equal representation of women in software engineering become the new "norm".
Qualtrics has been the most amazing place to work, especially as a woman in engineering. Between my internship here and now my 1 year as a full-time employee, I've always felt heard and that my ideas are important. The 'One Team' principle couldn't be more true and this makes it easy to continue to grow and develop with the whole company rooting for you. Qualtrics is working hard on diversity and inclusion and helping to redefine the norm.
What attracted you to Qualtrics in the first place?
The people. Hands down the best people I have ever worked with! I was excited to intern at Qualtrics because of the opportunity to gain experience working for a fast-growing company, but the people made me come back.
What is your favorite part of your role?
My favorite part of being a Software Engineer in Engineering Services is the autonomy I have. I get to drive projects, listen to customer needs and design a solution to fit their needs, and work on so many different things. I'm always learning, so it is never boring and I get to solve unique customer problems!
Any tips for someone who is considering a role at Qualtrics?
If you want to be challenged and work with amazing people, don't think twice. Qualtrics provides so many opportunities to grow and learn, so if that's what you're looking for, I can't think of a better place.
What are your aspirations in career/life?
While I'm an engineer now, I don't think I want to be forever. I think one day I might want to go into product management, but for now I'm enjoying the ride as an engineer and will see where this takes me.
What is your top #LifeHack?
My top #LifeHack is making lists. I make lists for everything - grocery lists (duh), packing lists, to-do lists, priority lists, etc. I've found lists are a great way to hold yourself accountable, prioritize, and most importantly not forget anything. It also feels good to cross things off lists and see yourself get closer and closer to a goal.
|Delaney is an alumnus of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and started her career here at Qualtrics.|
March 21, 2022