The first interview of our new series “Women at Mirada” stars María José, our QA Director. She is QAmazing! Quality is in her genes and she is utterly obsessed with improving both our products and our company. Benevolent and always happy to help, we immediately thought of her to begin this initiative.
What do you like about being a female executive at Mirada?
I’ve never felt judged because of my gender and I’ve always been treated like a professional – with its advantages and drawbacks. I constantly feel respected, supported and recognised for my work by all of my colleagues, regardless of their department, role or gender. In fact, sometimes I forget that this is not the case for all women in their careers. As a manager, one of my biggest satisfactions is that each and every person working with me feels just like me, leading by example.
I’d never imitate traditional masculine
behaviour just to find my place
What do you like about working in the tech industry? And being a female in the tech world?
Technology thrills me, people fascinate me and quality is part of me. I feel and see quality in everything I do and everywhere I go. That’s why I enjoy being a QA tech manager so much as it gives me the opportunity to guide people for technological purposes within the Quality environment. Being a woman in this field provides me with the chance to eliminate the barriers and preconceived ideas that other women (and men) can have in our industry, to boost their self-esteem and to help improve their employability.
Who is your role model for getting where you are today?
I’ve never had a role model, but I have always had one thing clear: to always be myself and to never forget who I want to be and why. To give you an example, I’d never imitate traditional masculine behaviour just to find my place among my male colleagues or to reach a specific position, as I can achieve that by myself because I have what is necessary in my own way. I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Sofia, Mirada’s corporate English teacher, she will know why…