Jordan, Software Engineer: creating educational engineering opportunities
I love software engineering and technology because I feel that I can make a difference in millions of people's lives. At Qualtrics I know that the code that I write can help brands improve their employees' and customers' experiences.
When did you know you 'had to have the job' at Qualtrics?
The turning point where I knew I had to have the job at Qualtrics was during the interview process. During each interview when I was allowed to ask questions, every interviewer had nothing but good things to say about Qualtrics and I could feel that each sentiment was genuine.
Any tips for someone who is considering a role similar to yours at Qualtrics?
Early in your career, you don't need to learn a bunch of different frameworks and languages to put on your resume. Sure, they may look good on a resume, but a strong foundation goes a long way and a good company like Qualtrics will give you time and support to grow into your career. Something I have been surprised most by working at Qualtrics is how much everyone lives by the TACOS values. There is true transparency here about team decisions and larger company decisions. Everyone I have interacted with is truly “All In” and has the “One Team” mindset to help each other and the company as a whole.
What are your aspirations in your career/life?
Some aspirations I have are to give back to the community I was raised in and create education opportunities for the youth to be introduced to software engineering and computer science. I know most kids where I grew up will not be introduced to this until later on in life, and I'd like to change that. As far as my personal life, I hope to travel the world and go on more hikes and backpacking trips.
How do you feel you've been able to apply what you studied at school to your career?
At Qualtrics, right away I began writing code that was based on data structures and algorithms that made their way to customers. Not only that, but I have been able to expand further and apply the foundation of skills I've learned from school to newer things on the job such as cloud computing and front-end development.
|Jordan is an alumnus of The University of Washington Bothell and started his career at Qualtrics. He has met NBA players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Chris Paul working at the Crawsover pro-am in high school.|