Employee Spotlight: Maria Hernandez-Mata

At Certain Affinity, team is everything. CA isn’t just a fun place to work, but also a place to learn, grow, and be recognized for your successes and accomplishments. The employee spotlights for this month focus on the Women of Certain Affinity, in celebration of Women’s History Month. We are proud to introduce Maria Hernandez-Mata, QA Analyst for Certain Affinity.

Why did you choose a career in gaming industry?

I chose a career in the gaming industry because I wanted to make my passion into my career. I have always loved video games since I was a kid. I am honored to work in the gaming industry along with some of the best industry talent here at Certain Affinity.

What motivates and inspires you?

I feel motivated by the number of opportunities to continue learning and expand my skill set. I find that I am most engaged when I am working on challenging projects that allow me to push myself. Additionally, I feel honored to work alongside knowledgeable and tenured colleagues who can help me learn and grow in my career.

What’s something you wish you knew earlier in your career?

I wish I knew I could lean on myself and not doubt my capabilities. I wish I knew it is ok to make mistakes since they give me opportunities to learn and grow.

What advice would you give to someone considering a job in the gaming industry?

If you love games and it’s a part of who you are, then that will shine through during any interview! Social media is a good way to connect and network with other women in the industry, find new opportunities and get advice/encouragement. You can find lots of groups like Women in Games WIGJ.