Xpress Technologies consists of inspiring individuals who graduated from universities all over the map. We checked in with Bari Mueller, a Carrier Sales Representative, to learn about her journey from the University of Arizona to Xpress Technologies and hear her advice about life outside of graduation.
Where did you go to school, and what did you study?
I attended the University of Arizona and earned my Bachelor of Arts in General Studies in August of 2020.
What kind of culture did you look for while you were on the job hunt?
While on the job hunt, I focused on companies that had a culture of innovation, inclusivity, collaboration, career advancement, and recognition.
What do you like most about working for a tech company?
Technology is dynamic and is constantly evolving while creating tremendous opportunities and efficiencies.
Who is your role model? Why?
My role model is my 8th-grade teacher Miss Cruz. She was a motivator and told me I could do anything I wanted if I had the passion and worked hard. Find what I like, and I will be great doing it.
Has anything surprised you in life after graduation?
Covid hit after I graduated which made it hard at first to find a job so that was a surprise. I also never imagined working from home or being part of such a dynamic and essential industry that literally impacts every part of our daily lives.
Tell us your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of being in carrier sales is building relationships with the carriers I work with. My carrier partners need to trust me and know I am looking out for their best long-term interest. Which means matching our needs with theirs to create a win-win. I also like knowing my hard work is being recognized and I am rewarded for my collaborative efforts.
Has anything/anyone significantly impacted the beginning of your career?
My dad has been in the logistics industry for over thirty years. During that time, he has seen extreme swings in the economy, which impacts our business from a supply and demand perspective. He is always giving me a big-picture perspective on what is going on globally, which helps me better understand this crazy market.
If you could hop intoa time machine today, what advice would you give yourself before entering the workforce?
I would tell myself to be open-minded and curious as the world changes, and I have to adapt accordingly.
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