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Growing up in Argentina, Julieta Caceres had a lot of passions—including writing—so when she told her parents that she wanted to study coding in college, they were skeptical. To ensure that this wasn't going to be a short-term interest that burned out, they decided that she needed a computer, and some actual experience working with code. So they scrimped and saved, and bought her a computer so that she could try out her latest passion before embarking on it as a career.
Julieta's excitement didn't die out, even after she went to college. And, ultimately, it led to a career in software engineering. Today, she helps other women find their passions—and careers—in coding, both through mentoring other women in her field and through teaching Python classes.
What does success look like for you?
I think success is when you strive to succeed in what you're doing – your goals – and also when you can improve your environment by helping others. For example, when I think about my recent promotion, I think it was not just my success, but a success for my whole team. Because of the work I do with them, it raises the whole team.
It's not only about promotions though. It's a balance of the work you've done and the work you can achieve. And when you can see the change to your environment, you can be proud of what you've done.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My mother. She was young when she had me, so I grew up watching her study and go to the university. I saw her being a mother and doing all the things women need to do in addition, she was a great example for me as a small child. She showed me through her example how we can be better in this life, and to be grateful, and to be kind to people. My mom has always tried to give me the opportunity to learn and figure out what was best for me. She's supported me a lot.
What do you consider the most valuable piece of advice you've ever received, and where did it come from?
I had a mentor at work who told me I always needed to recognize my own efforts and accomplishments because you'll always have people who aren't in a position to see your efforts. You are always your own cheerleader. She told me change always starts with me, and I should be proud of what I'm doing and push to meet my goals and dreams and not be my own enemy in reaching them.
What is the biggest obstacle you've overcome in life?
I think it's Impostor Syndrome, when you feel like you don't deserve something or you're lacking in skills. It's something I'm always trying to work on. At my work, there's a community of women trying to help you, to recognize your efforts. I think the support I've received at JPMorgan Chase has been the most valuable thing, because while I have this obstacle, I also have the support and the community of women to support me.
If you could talk to your younger self about working with JPMorgan Chase, what would you tell yourself?
Take this opportunity, because it's an amazing place! You will meet very nice people, who are very important in your life. Your manager will always support you, which for me is very important. They will give you the support you need all throughout your life. And you will have opportunities regarding your career that will be amazing.