Every spring, Kipsu welcomes a new class of Analysts to our Entrepreneurial Leadership Rotation Program (ELRP). Analysts spend 12 months rotating between Kipsu's 3 core teams learning all aspects of our business. At the end of the program, Analysts are placed on a team permanently. The 2019 ELRP class just completed their first rotation, and we spoke with Nate Celeste about his experience on the Engineering Team.
What drew you to Kipsu in the first place?
Which team were you on in this rotation?
What type of projects did you undertake?
What project or accomplishment
are you most proud of from your
What did you find most challenging
about this rotation?
Hand-in-hand with my proudest accomplishment, I think the most challenging part of this rotation was that I had the responsibility of working on critical tasks for Kipsu's core application. I think, at times, the Engineering team had more confidence in me than I had in myself, but the team was nothing but supportive in helping me push through and break those personal barriers.
What was your biggest takeaway
from this rotation?
My biggest takeaway from this rotation is to always be confident in my abilities. As a recent graduate, it can be hard to feel that you know enough to meaningfully contribute, and that can keep you from living up to your potential. This engineering rotation showed me that I can be confident in my abilities, and that I can be confident even if I don't know how to do something yet. It's okay to now know every answer, especially because this team is so supportive.
Which team will you be with next and
what are you most excited about?
My next rotation will be on the Customer Partnerships Team (CPT). As a Software Engineer by training, I'm excited to try something outside of my comfort zone. It's daunting to think about working in a field—sales and marketing—that I have no experience in, but I couldn't be more excited! After having a hand in building out features for Kipsu, I'm excited to learn how we market the product and what users of Kipsu are really looking for.
What advice do you have to those
considering applying for the ELRP?
As I said earlier, be confident in not knowing everything. In my four months here at Kipsu, I've learned almost as much as I did in my four years of college. This is a fast-paced environment and new projects/ideas/tools are always moving through the pipeline. You'll need to be content switching and learning constantly, but that's made easy with how supportive the team at Kipsu is. This is a really exciting place to work!
Applications for the 2020 class are now open. Visit our careers page to learn more!