UnderDogs Into Winners: Jane Zhao
In this mini-series, we highlighted success stories of college students who came from non-target schools who ultimately brought out their A-Game by landing at some of the top tech companies like Cisco, Amazon & Indeed.
As an introvert in high school, she has now grown into a confident professional who has broken into technology while helping other college students find their footing in their own career.
In addition to the episode, we wanted to provide our audience with a little more spotlight on who Jane is as well as what are some of her interests.
1). What is your favorite book of all time? Why?
Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s a great book that provides a great framework of how habits are formed, how to break bad ones, and create new and better ones. My favorite concept that the book explained was the compound effect where the small changes and steps will have a big impact over time.
2). Who has been the biggest mentor in your career?
The biggest mentor in my early career is an old colleague at Postmates, Isha Uttamchandani. One thing I appreciate most about her is that she never holds back from honest feedback. She has a great balance of giving you tough love while being supportive. Everyone needs an Isha in their lives and I’m so grateful for all the talks she has given me up to this point.
3). Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from everyone! Everyone has a unique set of talents and strengths. If I’m weak in one area and another person is strong in another area, I’m able to draw inspiration and learn how to build on the areas I need to work on.
4). What’s next for Jane?
I’ve been networking with people in the tech industry and learning what customer success/account management looks like for different companies. I’m seeing where my curiosities take me and excited to see how I’ll advance in my current role.
5). Ultimately what brings out your A-Game?
What brings out my A-Game is knowing that the world is my oyster, which means that I always have the upper hand in taking the opportunities that life has to offer. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that I have full control over anything I want to achieve in life because I have the opportunity to do so.
To learn more about Jane, tune in to our latest episode on both Spotify & Itunes.