Farhat meets NIA:
How long have you worked at NIA?
I’ve worked at NIA for 3 years.
What did you do before that?
Before joining NIA, I was a gallery assistant for a nonprofit art gallery, and before that I was a graphic designer at a family owned printing company.
How did you come to work at NIA? What interested you?
I had moved to Santa Cruz and got connected with a local recruiter that knew of NIA. My goal was to find an organization with a great mission and a place where I could help others — which I found here at NIA.
How did your job interview go?
I was a bit nervous since it was my first virtual interview and I had zero knowledge about the insurance industry, but it went well!
My interviewers were very friendly, and I could see how they genuinely loved working at NIA.
Are your ideas heard and acted on? Can you provide a short example/story?
Yes, my input in projects or day to day tasks is always welcome.
I was recently part of a project for one of our new programs. I helped with testing, documenting issues, and proposing solutions, which were implemented by the project’s software development team.
It was awesome seeing all the building blocks get put together for a digital space that my team uses every day, and eventually the rest of the company will use, too.
Have you taken advantage of any of the continuing education opportunities that NIA offers?
Not at the moment, but I would love to explore this in the future!
How is working here different from other jobs you’ve had?
I feel that I can make a bigger impact working here than I could have at my previous jobs, which were mainly at for-profit companies.
I love that helping others is part of our company’s values and I can see this reflected in the company’s decisions and actions from our Senior Leadership team all the way to the individual employees.
It makes me feel empowered to support the company’s mission in helping nonprofits to the best of my ability.
What is your favorite thing about working at NIA?
The fact that we help nonprofits! It’s so interesting to see all the different organizations that come our way. I love that we try to help as many people as we can.