Gilberto Perez Rosa

Gilberto Perez Rosa

 Gilberto Perez Rosa

Power Words

Honestidad, Éxito, Logros
Honesty, Success, Accomplishment

Where were you born? 

Puerto Rico

What school did you attend? 

University of Puerto Rico

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

My Wife told me about NIH in a conversation many years ago. She told me many things about it but, in essence it is the nation’s medical research entity. A year or two later I was applying for jobs and found that there might be a position for me at NIH. I thought to myself, this would be great. Working at a place that truly makes a difference in the world would make me happy. So, I applied and I was offered a position.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

I am a Contract Specialist. I love my job because I have many roles, which means that I don't do the exact same thing every day. To give you an idea; I am a business advisor to Program Managers, assisting them in planning for and acquiring goods and services so they can accomplish their mission, research study, or effort. I also negotiate contracts with individuals, or organizations, and resolve conflicts and disputes. I interpret laws and apply proper procedures to specific issues. I monitor contracts (including administering, extending, modifying, or terminating as needed. I collaborate with others or work on teams.

What message would you like to send to young Hispanics who are considering going to college? 

Why are you considering or thinking about it? Take a moment, think about where you would like to be in 10 years. Now ask yourself; how am I going to get there? The answer is simple, you need an education. Whatever you want to be in this life YOU CAN ACHIEVE! There is one caveat; it requires COMMITMENT and HARD WORK. I will be honest, it will not be easy. There may be some moments where you may want to "take a break" or "put it on hold", but, the reality is that these are prettier versions for "this is very hard" or even worse "I quit". The road to success is long, hard and has no shortcuts. I guarantee that if you decide to go to college in the end you will realize that it was the best decision of your LIFE. The feeling of accomplishment and success is indescribable!