This week, we had a very interesting talk with Mirada’s Support Manager, Raquel, adventure-seeker with an appetite for challenges.
You’ve been working at Mirada for 8 years now, some of which you have spent in our Headquarters here in Madrid but also in Mexico and now Castellon. Tell us a bit about your time in the company.
I joined Mirada after moving to Madrid following an internship in Ireland. I started off as a developer for a number of different projects, before joining our “Demo” department where I was in charge of creating the staging environments required to showcase our solutions at international trade shows. After 4 years at Mirada, I moved to Mexico to manage the integration of our software with one of our biggest clients, izzi! A year and a half later, I returned to Madrid and joined the IT and Support department as I really wanted to be at the core of the business and to keep learning.
6 months ago, I found myself on the move again. This time, it was to open our brand new office in Castellón – the city in which I grew up! During my time at Mirada, I think it’s fair to say I’ve worked on almost every project the company has had, and in return, Mirada has always supported me with any changes I’ve wanted to make in my professional career.
You have to step out of your comfort zone to progress.
How was your experience working on the other side of the Atlantic?
To be honest, I was both excited and terrified, as I was far from pretty much everything and everyone I knew in addition to working (and living!) in a different time zone to most of my fellow colleagues. It was pretty intense in terms of work too, since I went there to start a new position. It was also the first time I had to work directly with a client, which turned out to be a very enriching experience. Now, when I think about it, it definitely marked a tipping point in my career. I learnt so much about myself and my capacities to adapt to different people, cultures and ways of working.
It seems like you never stop. What motivates you in your work life?
I like challenge. I need it! I hate routine and I love doing something different every day. That’s what I love the most about my job. Most of the time, I arrive at the office and I have no idea what awaits me or what I’ll be doing, as most of the time it depends on the client.
For me, changing from one job position to another is just like travelling: you have to step out of your comfort zone to progress.