As a big data developer, Pablo digs deep into the company systems, mapping how all of its applications work together. It’s a process of trial and error, requiring plenty of patience and persistence. Pablo helps impart those same skills to youth through his work as a mentor in the Optum Mentors program. “We just try to keep it fun to show them that with some basic logic you can get things up and running pretty quickly,” he explains. He’s passionate about mentoring and more than anything else, he loves showing people how things work and keeping them excited about learning.
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
My job is similar to creating a map of all the applications in the company; showing all the steps we take to get from point A to point B.
What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?
One of the greatest challenges is understanding everything that happens within the company and being able to communicate with your team. We’re all very dependent on everyone else in the company.
When you’re facing that challenge, what are some of your personal strengths and abilities that come into play?
First, I’m passionate about programming. And second, I don’t give up easily. Anyone who does this job has to be comfortable with the unknown, because a lot of what we do has never been done within the company, so it’s a lot of trial and error.
What interests or passions do you have outside of work?
My biggest passion is helping other people learn about technology; it’s one of the reasons I started the Optum Mentors Program with a few of my co-workers. We just wanted to help student and adults learn about technology and that they can do it.
How do some of the elements or traits you possess for those passions and interests show up when you are at work?
By mentoring people outside of work, I’ve discovered that I like seeing that “Aha” moment in someone. So, I’m bringing that into work now and helping my teammates and other people in the company further their own skills.
What’s the most important thing someone should know before joining our company?
If you’re passionate about something, you can do it here.
If you weren’t working at UnitedHealth Group or doing what you do today, what would you be doing?
If I hadn’t found computer programming, I would probably be trying to make movies.
What do few people know about you that they would be surprised to learn?
I make music on my computer.