Kelly decided to change her career path and found her calling in Cloud Engineering.
Tell us about your Allstate story:
I joined Allstate in January of 2006 as a Communications Consultant in New York with the primary responsibility of establishing agencies in their local communities. From there, I assumed a variety of other roles including media relations, corporate social responsibility and product communications. After a while, I decided to take a step back and rethink my future career path. I took some self-assessments to evaluate my skills and interests, which led me to explore positions in technology. I found a Cloud Engineering Talent Share opportunity, where I spent eight weeks working on the Cloud Engineering team and developed a broad understanding of the team, business practices and day-to-day responsibilities. After the talent share ended, I transitioned full-time to the team in May. I’m currently working with my team on enabling Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services internally and launching Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) products in a marketplace.
What made you decide to join the company?
After working in the public sector for seven years in the local government, I felt it was time to transition to a corporation with communications being in my background. Someone I had worked with started at Allstate and told me about a communications opening that was local to home. They explained the growth opportunities that Allstate offered so I decided to apply.
What’s different about Allstate?
The leadership truly believes in helping people grow and encourages employees to develop themselves. They understand that the world is changing fast and people need to adapt and learn new skills.
What work are you most proud of?
The fact that after working in communications for 20 years I switched paths to engineering. I had the biggest learning curve out of anyone in my talent share and was still able to land a position.
What are your favorite parts about your team?
Everyone is flexible including the leaders, which means it is easy to reach out to someone and get help. I can work with people from various places with different backgrounds. Everyone is growing together and we all have support from leadership.
Any advice for someone who is considering working at Allstate?
Be open minded because once you are at Allstate, the opportunities are endless. You can move up in your current team or completely transition to a different department. You need to have the passion to continuously better yourself to keep up with any changes.
Outside of work you can be found doing?
I mostly spend time with my kids and attend their sports activities. We also travel to New York to visit family and friends.
Fun fact: I enjoy taking walks with my family and our dog, Reese. Some of our best conversations happen then.
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