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AsKin Questions to Marinellys Figueroa, Senior Technical Consultant

AsKinQuestions Background

Our name is intentional. “Kin” refers to family and “Carta” refers to maps. When together, we’re Kin + Carta — a group of connected makers, builders and creators, who come together everyday to help our clients build experiences and plot a clear path forward in today’s digital world. Carta is what we do, Kin is who we are.

AsKin Questions is a series that brings the day-to-day experiences of working at Kin + Carta to light, all through the eyes of our Kin. And today, it’s Marinellys Figueroa, Senior Technical Consultant, who we asked some questions to.

AsKinQuestions Background

Tell us about your background and a fun fact about you.

I‘m a Full Stack Developer based in Bogotá. I’m originally from Venezuela but I've been living in Colombia for seven years. I just recently received my Colombian citizenship. A fun fact? Well, I like to sing but since I sing so much my family and friends often make jokes by saying that I could be doing it better.

You’re a Senior Technical Consultant, with expertise in Full Stack Development. Can you tell us more about your day-to-day in this role?

Currently, I’m on a project for a client in the banking sector and we’re trying to help them to do everything more efficiently. For example, the client deals with a lot of data and my job is to help them manage it and use it more effectively. This will enable them to improve the service they provide to their customers.

What's the best part of your role?

I really enjoy being able to provide our clients with simple solutions. Quite often they’ll have a repetitive task that takes up a lot of their time and we can automate that process allowing them to focus on other things.

Is there something that has surprised you about your role with Kin + Carta?

What’s been most surprising is how closely I’ve been able to work with people from different countries and cultures. My colleagues and client partners live across the countries of India, the USA and Argentina, as well as those from Colombia. We don't worry about where we’re based, though, because the language of technology is universal. Although we’re in different timezones, there are a few moments in the morning when everyone is available to talk through solutions and find answers.

Tell us about your role as a woman in technology.

This is a subject close to my heart. I have participated in several communities around women in technology and recently had the opportunity to be involved as a mentor at a workshop focused on inspiring women to pursue a career in the technology field. There are still not enough women in this area, but we’ve proven ourselves as being as capable as men in doing the job. All I can say is that at Kin + Carta, me and other women have always been welcomed and there are lots of opportunities and career pathways available.

What has your hybrid working experience been like?

For me, hybrid working is a really good benefit. The traffic in Bogotá is pretty bad and I can save time by staying at home some days rather than commuting into the office. It also means I can spend more of my time with my daughter. When she comes home from school I can be there for her. Before joining Kin + Carta, I had to work every day in the office, which meant I’d often get home really late and she would already be sleeping.

Hybrid work also has meant more time for myself, and I often use this to go to the gym to do exercise. There are a lot of things I can now do while working hybrid that make my days better.

Our mission is to build a world that works better for everyone. How do you contribute to building that better world?

Working at Kin + Carta is awesome because the purpose of building a better world is more than just a motto. It’s something you can feel and breathe all the time. I try to do everything, to the best of my ability, to contribute to that. That means I’m always learning, increasing my knowledge and using my experience to help our clients. I’m also inspired by working in the community. It was something that I used to do before the pandemic and now I can once again help others and also learn from them.

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