In this new blog series, we’re celebrating some of the talented, passionate employees who drive Rulesware.
This month, we’re profiling Karen Mejia, who works in Quality Assurance. What makes Karen so extraordinary is not only that she works extremely hard and is effective in her work, but that – at the same time – she has completed both her CSA and CPM certifications AND received her Master’s Degree in Finance from the Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado, where she wrote her thesis on BPM in the insurance industry. We have much to learn from Karen.
Congratulations — and thank you, Karen!
Karen, where did you grow up?
I grew up in San Salvador, El Salvador.
What did you study in school, and why?
I decided to study Systems Engineering because I like to work with computers and systems, transforming concepts into system designs. You also have the opportunity to develop skills in different fields.
My goal was always to get a Master’s Degree once I started my career, and I have just accomplished that. I now have a Master’s Degree in Finance. I chose that field because understanding finance, I feel, is becoming an essential skill for professionals.
Tell us how you first found out about Rulesware, and why you decided to join.
I was looking for a new job when a friend told me about a post from Rulesware on one of the job portals here in El Salvador. I liked the nature of the business immediately, as well as Rulesware’s company vision.
What was your first impression of Rulesware?
Rulesware seemed like an innovative company oriented to a little-known technology here in this country, so I saw growth opportunities and a chance to gain more knowledge.
Was there anything that surprised you about working here?
The friendliness of the people. I had a feeling from the beginning that Rulesware offered a good working environment, and I’m still feeling that, which is wonderful! A good working environment is key to doing your work effectively, and to overcoming the challenges everyone faces from time to time.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
This year has been a little bit more challenging for me because I needed to learn–in a brief time–the business of the project I’m currently involved with. Along with that challenge, I was completing my Masters Degree university studies, as well as a Project Management course, and completing my CSA and CPM certifications–all without putting aside my commitment to the team and the project itself.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
My work being recognized.
Tell us about some of the people you’ve met while working at Rulesware.
I had the opportunity of being part of a hiring wave that included really good people. They were like my first family here in Rulesware along with my trainer Andres. I’ve met really nice people throughout the company: in each one of the projects I’ve been involved; in the company football team; in the new hires; in Austin when I had the chance to travel there; and in each one of the events Rulesware has organized over the past two years.
What do you do (in your spare time) when you’re not working with Rulesware?
I like to hang out with friends and my cousins (who are like my friends), I enjoy listening music and reading books (mostly classic, adventure and romantic genres), and I enjoy watching movies and getting some exercise. I also love watching the company football team play.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I want to fly a paraglider. And someday I’d like to try skydiving.