Insights for women embarking on a cybersecurity or sales journey
In the world of sales, I believe that being a communicative person helps by making it easy to get your message across and establish contact with any person. It is very important to understand the product you are selling, be confident and know your customer’s pain points as it allows you to suggest the best solution for them. These days we don’t just sell the product – we have become consultants as well. So, my combined technical background, high level of empathy and passion for my work has been the secret to my success.
Women can be really successful within the industry. There are infinite examples around me to prove this. In my team, for example, all my direct reports are women. If you feel like a career in tech is right for you, it’s definitely worth giving it a shot. You can start with IT or engineering and then move on to sales, if you want to merge background and passion with the possibility of communicating with C-level people. Us women have more energy and can handle multiple tasks at once, which helps a lot when it comes to transitioning between fields. Remember, if you realize that your current path isn’t the right one for you, there are always opportunities to switch. Never say never.
Another important thing is to maintain your personal well-being. Taking care of yourself helps you achieve great results. I like practicing yoga – I have been doing this twice a week for 10 years now and it helps me to find a balance. When I am angry, it helps calm me down and feel at peace. I believe it saved my mental health during lockdown. I also like playing tennis, which is very different, but helps to let go of aggressive energy. Always surround yourself with opportunities for growth and development, not only in a business, but also in your personal life.