Writer: Blanca Estrada
2 min read June 2022 — Elizabeth, content manager at Capital Analytics Associates, discusses how she originally came into the position of Content Manager and her favorite things about the job. Moreover, Elizabeth talks about the people who motivate her to become the best version of herself, as well as where she sees herself in the next five to 10 years.
How did you get the position of Content Manager at Capital Analytics?
I graduated in May 2021, and I worked as a substitute teacher for the rest of 2021. While teaching, I knew I loved talking to people and learning more about them. Due to this, I was interested in writing jobs, especially on the journalism side. I found this position on LinkedIn, and Jimena was great throughout the process. I loved how she answered my questions, and I loved getting to meet the team. In this job, I’m getting to use my journalism degree.
What’s your favorite thing about being a Content Manager?
My favorite thing about the job is that there’s always something to do. I also love having the ability to sit down and interview people, especially speaking on issues around the world. Whether we are speaking about labor issues, supply chain issues or interest rates, everyone always has something to say, however, everyone has a different response. It’s fun to see the way people think and how they react to what’s happening around them.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your free time?
I like to read because the workday is news and content heavy. I try not to take in the news outside of the workday. I learned this in journalism school. I would take 15 to 20 minutes to check the news, and I would stop checking for the rest of the day. I’ve also been going home a lot to be with my nephew and siblings. There are a lot of graduations and events that have occurred recently.
Concerning what I love to do in Chicago, my boyfriend and I love to hop on a train and go to a new neighborhood. I live right next to Boystown, and it’s a lot of fun to be close to there. There’s a bar that plays Taylor Swift albums from start to finish without any skips that we frequent. Also, I live right next to Lake Michigan, so I love going for walks before or after work.
Who is the person that motivates you to become the best version of yourself?
It’s a tie between my grandma and Princess Mia from the Princess Diaries. My grandma had a rough go of it; however, she was always positive and kind. She didn’t let anyone walk all over her, but, at the same time, she was also gentle and caring. Concerning Princess Mia, she gets it. Whenever I feel like I need to come back down to earth, that’s one of the movies I like to watch. It reminds me that everyone is going through something. Whether you think you can do it, that’s your only limitation.
You were a substitute teacher for nine months. What was your favorite thing about it?
It was probably one of the most fun jobs I’ve had. Similar to this job, I loved how every day was different. Kids are unpredictable and hilarious. It was the school that I grew up in, and they were hurting for substitute teachers. It was during COVID-19, so substitute teachers were at a higher risk since they are typically older. It was nice to be able to return to my old school and give back to them. I learned a lot about myself during that time.
If you weren’t content manager at Capital Analytics, where do you think you would be right now?
I think I would be doing graduate school full-time. I was close to being a teacher since there was a teacher shortage. At the school I was substituting at, they wanted me to teach sixth grade English, but then I received this position with Capital Analytics and decided upon this instead.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?
It’s a great question. I ask myself that every day. When I’m making my vision board, I want to be in a management position. I see myself working for something editorial and/or a nonprofit. Regardless, I would love to volunteer for one. My focus has always been on storytelling and giving people the platform to tell their stories. I see myself staying on the creative side of things. I don’t know where I will be in the next five to 10 years; however, I know the vibe I’m going for.