A New Path in Life: How Cloudera Provided Me with the Opportunity for Change

In the spirit of showing thankfulness, I want to share my story of the opportunities given to me by my employer and the gratitude I have for this change of life. 

My humble beginnings

When I was 16 years old, I found myself in my mom’s backyard with a shovel creating a makeshift restroom because the water and electricity had been shut off for three days due to unpaid utility bills. I remember at that moment deciding this was not the future I wanted to create for myself and my future family. 

I have been with Cloudera for three years as a field marketing specialist. This is my story of how Cloudera has helped me change the direction of my life, and put an end to generational poverty. 

Like many women of Native American descent, I was raised somewhere between poverty and lower middle class. I married young, had children young, dropped out of college, and became a stay-at-home mom. Although I seemed to have a picture perfect family, I endured darkness and various forms of abuse for almost 20 years due to not having a way of escape. I had to make a changeI had to find a way for me and my children to survive, and make good on that promise to my 16-year-old self. 

The start of something new

In 2019, I applied for an entry-level position with Cloudera and started as a part-time contractor with an opportunity for full-time employment, training, and career development. For the next two years, the field marketing team taught me how to perform my job responsibilities. I was introduced to tools that I had never been exposed to before, and was on the fast track to gaining valuable and transferable skills and experiences that would give me a competitive edge. In my personal life, I was able to become self-sufficient and started my life over with my children. In 2021, I was offered a full-time position with Cloudera with a further commitment to help me develop my career in the ever changing, fast-paced, B2B marketing world. 

An opportunity to be thankful for

Because of Cloudera’s commitment to providing opportunities to all people, no matter their background or education, I drastically changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of my children. I became a part of an industry that before would have never been reachable for someone with my upbringing and demographics. Today, I watch my children enjoy a safe home environment while they pursue their education and explore opportunities that I never had growing up. 

Cloudera has had a profound impact on my life. I am proud to be among the few who defied the odds. Cloudera helped make that possible. I no longer live in poverty and I live a safe and independent life full of opportunity for me and those close to me. For this, I am grateful. 

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