Why Qualtrics – Kirstine Forrester – Account Executive – Sydney, Australia
I haven't always been fortunate enough to call the amazing city of Sydney my home. Having been here for 6+ years now, I wanted to be part of a business that could support my developing career and give me the opportunity to grow as I will be in Australia for the long haul.
What attracted you to Qualtrics in the first place?
I hadn't heard of Qualtrics before Matt in the recruitment team got in touch with me. Once I started to do some research and became aware of the brand I started to see the logo everywhere and realised how much Qualtrics had already achieved. I wanted to be part of what is still to come.
What was the turning point where you 'had to have the job'?
Every step of the interview process I met people who seemed genuinely excited about where they work and where Qualtrics was going. I could see myself being part of this growth journey and wanted in!
What is your favorite part of your role?
Working with customers and providing a solution that will truly improve their business and give a stronger voice to their employees.
So you moved to Australia, right? Tell us a little about the move.
I left Bonnie Scotland for a short trip to Australia over 6 years ago. If you have ever visited, you will know why I stayed.
Any tips for someone who is considering a role at Qualtrics?
Be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Everyone is part of one team and works together towards a common goal, but you have to drive your own results.
What surprised you most about working at Qualtrics?
I had never worked for a tech company before, so I had no idea what to expect. I think the sense of camaraderie really struck me as everyone is willing to help out a colleague to deliver the best results for our customers.
What made you want to get into sales?
I missed working in a meritocratic environment where my hard work would be recognised and I had a clear path for development. I chose Qualtrics because I also have to believe in what I'm selling and I found that with Qualtrics. I see the value behind the EX platform, love that it can impact how an organisation operates for the better and will be a key differentiator for success.
What are your aspirations in career/life?
To make my family proud. Anything else is a bonus.
Qualtrics is growing, and if you're ready to find your "why" at a place like this, you can explore all our open opportunities - including our Qualtrics Sydney Careers - at any time by visiting our career page. Looking to discover more reasons "Why Qualtrics"? You can find the whole series here.
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|Kirstine is an alumnus of Glasgow Caledonian University and started her career at Chase and Holland. She once won an Australia-wide radio rap competition by performing on live radio despite her rap skills not being radio-worthy (the prize was worth the risk!).|