Women at Mirada
Part VII: Maria
This week, Mirada’s Financial Controller and globetrotter, María, recounts her career story since joining the company.
What do you think is your greatest achievement workwise? And how did you do it?
Three months after I joined Mirada, which was four years ago now, my manager left the company and I was offered her position. At the time, I didn’t feel at all prepared for the job. Technically speaking, there were so many things I had never done, but this promotion also implied that I’d have to manage people for the first time in my career. However, Mirada had bet on me rather than someone from outside the company. After many weekends of studying, some training, day to day experience and help from our CFO, Gonzalo, I can now say that I totally feel in the right place.
What would your advice be to someone facing a similar challenge? What lessons have you learned from this experience?
I must say it was tough for me but the challenge was, and still is, worth it. I’ve learned so much and feel more empowered than ever. If I’ve learned anything from this experience, it is that you shouldn’t give up before you try. With effort, commitment and time, anyone can achieve their goals!
What do you like most about your current job position?
What I like most of all is how I never stop learning. There are always new and challenging projects and real opportunities to grow within the company. I personally feel that despite having worked at Mirada for four years, I still have plenty to learn! I remember when I was a little girl, all I wanted was to be an archeologist. Now with more perspective, I must admit that I couldn’t be a better fit or feel as comfortable in any other field.
How do you balance your work and personal life?
Considering the fact that I can work from home and that I’ve always had the freedom to organise my schedule depending on the professional and personal necessities at any moment, it’s been and still remains relatively easy for me to juggle work and life here. I try to give the same freedom to my team now. Trust is key here and it allows for much greater flexibility at work.