MEET Isabel Razquin

What are three words to describe yourself?
Patient, reliable, sarcastic

What are three words to describe Capicua?
Homey, bustling and challenging

When did you join Capicua?
I joined the company in January 2017.
I remember going to work from my summer house and that day was boiling hot.

What were the challenges you faced in your role?
I think the biggest challenge was reinventing myself, twice. I joined Capicua to be part of a project that had more to do with what I had studied, but that project never materialized, so I had to take on another role which I didn't know much about. It was quite demanding because it meant much more responsibility, but it was also really exciting. Years later I changed my position again which was also very challenging, but I was more confident about reinventing myself due to the fact that I always felt supported and encouraged by the company.

How would you describe your time working at Capicua?
Amusing. Capicua was definitely the most fun and welcoming place I ever worked. I honestly felt that I was working surrounded by friends and that was my favorite thing about the company's culture.

How has Capicua helped you in your career development?
The company was key: I always had the freedom to occupy the role that I wanted as long as I worked hard. This gave me the confidence to continue betting on growing as a professional. These almost 5 years in Capicua have undoubtedly been intense. I entered at a time when the company was growing exponentially but the business was not yet mature enough so we all had to adapt and learn to be more competitive. Undoubtedly, what I enjoyed the most was training in ISO standards, reviewing existing processes and adjusting them to ensure the best quality and safety.

I think that having witnessed this part of the growth of the company changed my approach as a professional and what practices and decisions to make when facing a new task or job. Lastly and most importantly, Capicua gave me the opportunity to work with people of different profiles, cultures and ages. This allowed me to learn to connect and empathize more with clients and colleagues and I really got many nice surprises.

What advice would you give to new members of the team?
I would tell them to always think as a team. You are not a group of individuals that happen to work together. It's vital to have a common frame of reference and to share objectives even though you may have different ways of working. Another advice is that holding a grudge never does any good: work on skills that make you feel comfortable enough to provide feedback to your teammates.

What’s your favorite anecdote while working at Capicua?
I don't think I have a specific anecdote, but I do have highlights of working at Capicua such as when we got together to watch the soccer world cup, the everyday junk food smuggling, eating pizza on special occasions, sharing music and funny videos with the team and teasing each other all the time.

What did you want to be when growing up?
A movie actress.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Tough one. I think it would be a bird. I would love to be able to fly and move fast wherever I want. Also, I think I would get to see the most beautiful landscapes.

Which are your next challenges from here?
I went to Barcelona for the first time when I turned 15 and at that moment I knew that I wanted to live and study there for at least a while. 15 years later I signed up for a master's degree in Project Management to make my dream come true. Although it was difficult, I decided to leave the company to really start from scratch in many ways.

I would love to further learn and develop project management skills. I’m focused on gaining as much experience as I can over the next years to eventually manage a team effectively. I am also very intrigued by learning about other work cultures and processes.

How do you define success in life?
It took me a while to figure it out but I think success in life is when you produce something from desire. We should conceive desire as a real and productive force rather than something imaginary and based on luck.

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