Video games inspired many IT professionals to enter the sector. Carlos Julio Tejada Rodriguez, an Engineering Manager at Authority Partners and Dragon Ball Z fan from the sunny Dominican Republic, is no different. Carlos told us more about his beautiful country, his beginnings, interests, what motivated him in the past and what drives him in this Team Story. In addition, he shared with us his vision of a successful team, how he decided to apply for a position at Authority Partners and growth and development opportunities. Let’s meet Carlos!

AP: Carlos, tell us more about yourself.

CT: Hi, I’m Carlos Tejada, a 37-year-old software engineer.  My passion for software development and video games started when I was only 12 years old.  I have been in love with both anime and video games, but more with video games and specifically Dragon Ball.

My first project was a Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) fan site, then my primary motivation for learning software development was to create my own video game, a DBZ RPG like SNES Legend of the Super Saiyan.

AP: How would you summarize all the beauty of your country?

CT: In addition to friendly service and dynamic meeting venues, the Dominican Republic is a country that overflows with fascinating history, museums, cultural experiences, breathtaking beach views, waterfalls, idyllic accommodations and nice mountains for trail-running lovers.

With eight international airports, our country has never been easier to explore. I invite everyone to discover it and create memories that will last a lifetime.

AP: How did you get interested in the IT industry in the first place?

CT: As I mentioned, it started with games many years ago and the excitement about software development continues to this day. The IT industry offers a handful of opportunities for personal growth and the development of the world in which we all live. It is easy to get interested in the industry, but it’s challenging to keep up with all trends because there is something new to learn every day.

AP: What made you apply for the open position at Authority Partners?

CT: More than two years ago, I heard about Authority Partners from a friend of mine. The idea of being part of a global team and working remotely appealed to me, so I decided to apply. My expertise and perks and benefits that Authority Partners offers were a match, so I have been part of the team ever since.

AP: What elements are necessary for a successful team, and do you find them in the AP team?

CT: The success of any team depends on the members’ trust in each other and their ability to communicate effectively. The space for low performance arises when there is a lack of good communication.

AP: How have you forged new contacts and relationships while working in the AP global team?

CT: Whenever possible, I socialize with other team members while doing pair work with them. It’s not just about being productive but also about feeling at home with the team.

AP: Does AP provide enough opportunities for growth and development?

Yes! The opportunity for growth is all around, and there are clearly defined paths to reach the desired goal. Everything necessary for growth is written down. Consultants just need to read, set the pace and provide value to the people they interact with. That’s it!

AP: Are there any quotes or books that inspire you?

CT: There are so many great books and quotes out there, but my main mottos are:

“The limit of your freedom is the limit of someone else’s freedom.”

“Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

AP:  In terms of motivation, what are the things that keep you moving?

CT: My daughters. The thirst for knowledge fueled my initial drive to achieve what I had set out for myself, but since becoming a father, all I have wanted to do is set an example for them on how to live life.

AP: If you could give any advice to aspiring Authority Partners consultants, what would it be?

CT: Create good habits for your day-to-day life. Life is a marathon; it is not a sprint. With good habits, little by little, you will build the future that you envision, and you will build resilience against the challenges life will present you with.

AP: Thank you Carlos!