Welcome Clara: A Q&A with Our New On-Site Program Administrator!
If you’ve been by our on-site office at Nintendo, you may have spotted a new face! Meet Clara Evans, your Program Administrator for our On-Site Program at Nintendo of America. Not only new to the area – Clara is new to the States! Clara joins us from Ireland after working for a few years at Amazon UK. We were lucky enough to snag a few minutes with her for a brief Q&A about her hobbies, her new position, and her advice on how to become a Nintendo Associate.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A shopkeeper. My aunt has a sweetshop in a small town in the southwest of Ireland. Growing up there was nothing more exciting as the responsibility of “minding the shop”. To this day she has banned any kind of calculator or electronic till, all calculations are made on pen and paper.
If you could only eat one food for every meal- what would you pick?
My emergency rations include: coffee, cheese, and wine.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Travel, and read. Reading while travelling is especially good! Seattle is blessed with an incredible library which I’ve been making great use out of but I’ve also been building up my own library.
What are some things you miss about Ireland?
Taytos (they’re a type of crisp/chip). They’re definitely the number one thing I miss about Ireland. Also, I hear you don’t have kinder eggs here, which is a real shame. Good chocolate and a toy!
Have you ever met someone famous? Who?
Adele, she was very sweet. She’s famous here in the US, too, I think?
What is one item on your bucket list?
Visit all 50 states, 37 to go.
Let’s switch gears and talk about your role at Nintendo. What is your role & can you tell us a little bit about your day-to-day responsibilities as a member of the Parker On-Site Team at Nintendo of America?
I am the Program Administrator here at Parker On-Site, and I support our Associates working with Nintendo. A lot of the support I provide is on the back-end, sailing the ship smoothly. On a day-to-day basis, I could be interviewing candidates, figuring out schedules, and working one-on-one with Associates.
Right now, my role is all about continuing to improve processes, to make things even more efficient; it’s something I really enjoy doing.
What would you say is the most rewarding part of working On-Site at Nintendo?
The most rewarding part of work here is the passion people have to go above and beyond for this brand. It inspires me to get up in the morning and head over to our Redmond office.
What is your advice for people who want to become a Nintendo Associate?
Do your research. It’s a gaming company, but it requires more than just an interest in games to succeed in these roles. The best kinds of people understand the skills and qualities required in the fields of customer service or product testing.
I’m only just getting into games. it’s never been a pastime of mine, but I think it’s a skill. Some people snub games completely but it changes the way your brain works, so in some ways it’s as important as reading.