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Three Questions with SailPoint Sr. Implementation Engineer Ishim Mañón

Traveling the world for your job doesn’t sound like a bad gig (pre-pandemic, of course). But before the world shut down, Senior Implementation Engineer Ishim Mañón worked in Spain, Belgium, and now in Austin. 

She started by getting her bachelor of engineering in Mexico City. Her first official job was as a java developer for a bank. Still, she moved to Spain to pursue another role in the financial sector and then off to Belgium to work as a programmer for the European Commission. 

After five years abroad, she decided to move back home to Mexico City and take a role as an implementation engineer for SailPoint. A few years later, she is now in our Austin office and enjoying her team. Here are three questions with Ishim Mañón. 

If you could learn any skill by snapping your fingers, what would it be and why? 

To run at the speed of light or the technology to make that happen. To be able to travel to new worlds and new galaxies would be otherworldly. Or maybe even travel through time, but I would not go back in time and change anything, I think life is as it’s supposed to be, and I’m grateful for that. It is just that the universe and its origins intrigue me so much, and having the ability to go back and see how it all started would be the most beautiful thing—so a combo of the speed of light and time travel. Elon Musk, watch out!

What goals have you set for yourself for 2021? 

My first goal is not only for next year but also a life goal: to be a better mom and a better person. My second goal is more career oriented—to become a solution architect at SailPoint. And finally, to become more disciplined. If you want to achieve anything, you need to become disciplined. Oh, and always getting in shape and reading more are also other resolutions on my list. I think the discipline resolution will help me achieve those—stop blaming the time or the pandemic. I used to read more than ten books a year, and now I’m always putting it off. And I’m still open to book recommendations! 

What advice would you give to new women professionals going into the new year? 

Always trust your instincts. We all have great instincts, but we are not always used to listen to it. Be open to new challenges and opportunities; great opportunities won’t be presented to you twice, and here’s where your instincts will come in handy: trust them! Don’t be what others expect you to be, be who you want to be, and be loyal to yourself. Finally, take a break and ask for help if you feel like you need it; you won’t fail if you ask for help.

Ishim Mañón, Sr. Implementation Engineer