Amy, Web Developer, on loving her job
It's not often when you find something you really enjoy doing that happens to be your job and just so happens to be what you studied for. I get to do something that I love every day when I come to work. For me, the 'why' is to be a role model for someone, even if it's just my younger self.
You’ve been at Qualtrics for a while now, so why is it still Qualtrics for you? How has Qualtrics lived up to your expectations? How has it been different?
After being in the college environment for 4 years Qualtrics seemed like the right choice with its start-up mentality. After an acquisition here and an IPO there we have maintained that mentality. The work is fast-paced, especially in marketing. Qualtrics has surpassed the expectation I had when I was hired. I've been able to travel (when it was allowed) for training and different events. I've learned so much in these 3+ years of being here and I can't wait to learn some more!
What was the turning point where you knew you 'had to have the job' at Qualtrics?
Once I had my first in-person interview in the Dublin office with my hiring manager I knew I had to join Qualtrics. I was to have two incredible women as my first and second-line managers.
What does your day look like?
As I'm the only web developer outside of Provo I'm usually on call from when I start my day to when I finish, so the first thing I do is check vitals and make sure the website is still doing its thing. Then I can crack on with the tickets I've been assigned to, some examples of things I work on are; website localisation, web page calculators, bugs, and some larger tickets for events. I have my stand-up with my team in EMEA in the mornings and my Provo colleges in the afternoon.
Any tips for someone who is considering a role at Qualtrics? Or advice for someone looking to get into a career like yours? Tips for someone in general?
Well if you're wanting to join Qualtrics then reading this blog would have been my first suggestion! Don't be afraid to ask questions, to the recruiter or anyone you're connected with that is in Qualtrics (I swear we don't bite!).
What is your top #LifeHack?
Don't throw out your pasta water, add a little bit to whatever sauce you're making if it gets too thick.
What's a favorite moment/memory of your time at Qualtrics so far? Or an impactful moment?
I've so many it's really hard to choose! with Qualtrics I've been able to travel to the US and different cities in Europe for events and I've seen some really amazing speakers. It's not very often you get to meet world-famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes in London one day and go to a kick-ass office opening party in Krakow the next!
How have you become involved in community at Qualtrics? What has that meant to you?
I've been involved in QPride EMEA since I joined Qualtrics and I've had a blast the entire time. The group is so friendly, engaging, and incredibly hard-working. I've walked in Dublin Pride twice now with this group and I can't wait to get back out there once Covid is a thing of the past!
How do you feel you've been able to apply what you studied at school to your career?
I've been able to apply so much of what I studied in my current position. Even being a member of my college's drama society has prepared me for things such as stakeholder management and presentations.
|Amy Meagher is an alumnus of Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design + Technology (IADT) and started her career SquareDot. Amy has lived in Hawaii for 3 months with her sister and she's a LOOΠΔ Stan|