GFT Talent Alejandro – “I stepped out of my comfort zone”
Alejandro was transferred to GFT USA at the age of 40 and started a journey of a lifetime in Manhattan. Leaving his family and friends behind was not easy, but it was the start of a new chapter in his life.
After four years, he shared his story with us, so meet Alejandro:
What exactly are you doing at GFT? What does your job involve?
Alejandro: My core role in GFT USA is Account Operations Analyst. It is more or less like the job performed by a Project Management Office. I deal with personnel from different areas on a daily basis such as HR, Sales, Delivery and Finance. I am the go-to person for any matters concerning Kimble. I also act a Deputy Privacy Officer in USA.
Can you tell us a bit more about your experience regarding technologies, projects or skills?
Alejandro: As a bilingual business professional, I am planning to use my passion for data as an incentive to focus my career as a data scientist knowledgeable in Privacy. I think that the convergence of these two areas are quite important in a digital economy.
How does your talent come to shine at GFT and within your job here?
Alejandro: I am super detailed-oriented. Looking for answers through data, I can tell you why the margin has dropped in a project, or why we are missing revenue on month end. I like getting to the bottom of things and find the answer for any possible problem imaginable.
Which of our GFT values – caring, committed, courageous, collaborative and creative – describe you best and why?
Alejandro: Committed… Two years in a row I’ve received the award for being the most committed employee in my organization. I think that says it all!
How would you describe your experience in GFT USA?
Alejandro: I can say it’s been very rewarding. Not only I have been able to meet great people and colleagues from different countries, but I have also been recognized for the effort and good work I have done. Additionally, I have been given the opportunity to grow professionally with new tasks and projects and have learned a lot in midst of continuous changes.
As for my personal experience, it was on my 40th birthday that I stepped out of my comfort zone and left Costa Rica to start a journey of a lifetime here. It has been quite an adventure in many ways and even though it was not all roses at first, with my parents help, I was able to meet trustworthy people in New Jersey and find a place to stay. Then I started travelling across the USA and have so far visited Boston, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Chicago, Maryland and Philadelphia.
What do you expect for the future?
Alejandro: There’s much more to say and much more to learn, but time is gold. The future seems promising and hopeful. I have no regrets about taking this opportunity when presented to me in 2016. I only look forward to what’s ahead!
Thank you for the interview, Alejandro!