What’s more: He has juggled all these roles while surviving not just a global pandemic but also the Texas freeze of February 2021.
Mireles credits his tenacity and his calm-amid-the-storm mentality for pulling his family and his team at work through these various crises. Concepts like sacrifice and hard work were modeled for him by his parents, who left behind a comfortable life in Mexico when Mireles was 4 so that they could give him a better education in the U.S. (It was a move that cost his father a job in a bank for a new one as a diesel mechanic.)
Mireles absorbed these lessons and implemented them in his own life from an early age. He planned to join the military after high school, but his now-wife was pregnant at the time, and he had to choose between being present for her and their child or providing a comfortable life from afar.
He chose the former, and immediately began working. He took a job as a cashier at a fast-food restaurant, working his way up the ranks to management in a matter of months.
Next, he took a job at the Port of Brownsville, where he was hired as a translator. The job was supposed to last six months; he stayed for eight years, moving from translating to recruiting.
Eventually, Mireles landed at the hospital where he currently works. He had successfully navigated multiple industries to become the director of Human Resources. "But throughout this whole journey, I always wanted to go back to school, because I felt like there were opportunities I was missing because of my degree," Mireles explains.
So, Mireles began his bachelor’s degree program at University of Phoenix (UOPX) while working at a blood bank in 2016. He was hesitant to start online college but soon found the format worked well for him. He’s even earned a scholarship through Study.com, which is one more way UOPX students can earn credits toward their degrees.
Today, Mireles’ eldest daughter is in high school and eyeing a career in social work. She is disciplined, Mireles says, and will likely have earned her associate degree by the time she graduates high school. "My goal," Mireles deadpans, "is to graduate before she does."
How does he manage it all? Here, he shares what motivates him and what measures he’s taken to succeed.