Becoming a Kipsu Engineer: The Cara Christiansen Story
I graduated from Gustavus with a degree in Computer Science in 2017 -- while at Gustavus, I played basketball, jazz trumpet, worked in tech services, and ate my fair share of "frost-your-own" cookies (the best cookies one could ever frost on your own). After graduation, I wandered around the pacific northwest for a week and change, and shortly thereafter, I started at Kipsu!
I love listening to and playing jazz music, playing basketball, hiking/walking/wandering, jigsaw puzzles, cooking things without a recipe, eating things baked by other people, exploring new places in the area, and being mesmerized by my houseplants -- those that thrive and those that don't haha.
The people! Additionally, the opportunity to join the rotation program to explore different roles, responsibilities, and perspectives of a company.
Folks at Kipsu are very "human". What I mean by that is I could tell early on that while we were working towards business objectives, we were also solving problems and living the work-day life together. I found that when graduating from college, the focus was often on getting a job that aligns with your major / skills / interests, etc, and that is definitely valuable! But equally if not more important is finding a company with strong culture and people that you enjoy working with. To be frank, you'll be living a lot of time with those people -- it helps to like them! But more tangibly, you'll be solving problems, encountering challenges, and achieving accomplishments with them, too. The people you work with truly matter, and I learned that fast when joining Kipsu.
So much to do, not enough time! This leads to the challenge of figuring out how to focus on solving specific problems / opportunities while balancing the tug and pull of others. Additionally, internationalization of digital messaging -- we are learning so much about how digital communication varies across the world, and adapting to serving those needs.
Go Beyond Together -- it's the one the resonates the most to me in terms of people-focused, gritty team collaboration. We tackle the good, bad, and ugly together.
Steph Curry and his coach, Steve Kerr-- Curry is arguably the greatest 3-point basketball shooter and Kerr is a solid basketball coach -- I am a big fan of both. I once walked passed Curry in the downtown skyways and thought I was going crazy since no one else seemed to notice him. So I didn't say anything. Turns out, it was definitely him... it was the ultimate missed opportunity for a shameless fan selfie, haha. I also like eating Indian curry cuisine so we'd eat that, talk basketball, and have a tasty meal!
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