We’ve all had the first-day jitters or a bout of nerves before a big presentation.
But imposter syndrome is a different beast. It’s that constant nagging feeling that you’re not good enough to hold your position or a lingering uncertainty following every move you make.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But for QuotaPath software engineer Zoe Wolfe, it was pretty straightforward.
“Having a workplace and team around me that helps build me up and encourages me has been huge,” Wolfe said. “Building that confidence itself has led to a lot of other professional skills too, such as being able to communicate more effectively and bringing more ideas to the table on how to approach different problems.”
QuotaPath is a commission tracking tool and compensation management tool for salespeople. Wolfe joined the three-year-old startup in April 2019 as part of a Drexel University co-op program and has helped support the company during its rapid growth. Last month, QuotaPath announced a $21.3 million Series A and plans to double the size of its team by the end of 2021.
Still a student at Drexel, Wolfe was QuotaPath’s first intern. She worked at the company part-time until she graduated in June 2020 and received a full-time offer. She said the company’s strong and positive culture encouraged her to choose QuotaPath as the starting point of her professional career.
“Something that’s always stood out to me about QuotaPath is the company’s values of empathy, trust, curiosity, inclusivity, and being data-driven,” Wolfe said. “I feel that the company and the people at it do really try to embody these values, and it shows.”
What’s a key strength of QuotaPath’s team?
Something I really value is that if an issue comes up, everyone is willing to hop on a call to hash out the details and to make sure we’re all on the same page. We all have different strengths and weaknesses as engineers, which balance each other out really well, and there’s no shame in asking someone else for help on something or for early feedback.
I’m also close with non-engineers in the company, which I think is important for keeping myself from getting siloed into one way of thinking, and something that I love about working for a smaller company.
What’s one of your favorite projects you’ve worked on?
MyPath. It’s a part of our app that’s used by individual sales reps. It has various widgets, such as a to-do list, a personal goal tracker, a calendar that can be pulled in from Google, and even a tracker that says whether or not Mercury is in retrograde.
It was a really fun project to work on, and one where I was able to learn so much. I worked on the project full-stack, and it was some of my first feature work on the back-end, which was something I was really excited to start doing.
What have you learned at QuotaPath?
Perhaps the most important skill I’ve worked on is learning just how important it is to be open to learning. It’s important in software engineering, and especially in a startup, to know that things will constantly be shifting, both in the company and the industry, and you have to be open to new things.
What do you hope for your future at QuotaPath?
I’d love to lead a team of engineers and maintain the close collaboration we currently have between engineering, product and design.
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