Jinni, Software Engineer, following career aspirations
I work so that I can feel a sense of accomplishment and enjoy my life to the fullest. Along my journey, I hope to inspire others to also reach for their career aspirations. My work at Qualtrics has been able to challenge me career-wise while also allowing me to grow personally.
What was the turning point where you knew you 'had to have the job' at Qualtrics?
I was really hoping to work at Qualtrics after my onsite interviews. I was glad to see that everyone seemed to be open with each other and comfortable with their work. My interviewers were also easy to talk to, even at a super nerve-wracking time.
What does your day look like?
(While working from home)
In the morning, I hop on a quick morning call with my teammates just to say hello and have an opportunity to connect by talking about non-work related things. Then, I typically have some solid chunks of time to focus strictly on work with no distractions. Depending on the day, I may have meetings to discuss features, plan a sprint, or have 1:1s with managers and mentors. Most days, I have a stand-up meeting (we do ours in the afternoon) where we discuss what we accomplished in the day and if we have any blockers.
Talk to us about your move to Seattle. What was it like?
When I moved to Seattle, I had never lived in a high-rise or right in the middle of a city before. It was definitely a welcome change! I love that I can see beautiful nature (lakes, mountains) while also being near everything (people, shops, restaurants). I definitely was not ready for how outdoorsy people are here!
What 3 words would you use to describe Qualtrics to someone?
Exciting, Caring, Receptive
What's a myth about your type of job that you'd like to bust? Or about working at Qualtrics?
One myth that I had in mind before going into software engineering full time was that a lot of people can fall into the trap of becoming a "code monkey." Internships can't always prove this wrong because interns often work on their own siloed projects that are a bit detached from the team, but once I started full time, I realized how much communication and decision making within and between teams there are. I feel like I have a good amount of autonomy in choosing what I'd like to work on and how I would like to go about it.
|Jinni is an alumnus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and started her career at Qualtrics. Jinni once had a sunburn where the tan line from it lasted for over 2 years :(|
September 1, 2021