What skills and experiences do you feel helped you transition into your new role?
- With a background in IT, I joined Pitney Bowes in 2013 as an Account Manager in PB Supplies. When I started out, I had a small territory, but I was able to help grow revenue, expand the territory and train others to support the team. In 2016, I was made team leader for the Supplies team and gained even more exposure to different parts of the business. In my sales role, I gained a deep knowledge of our products and established a wide network of contacts across the business including marketing.
What do you enjoy most about your new role and/or Pitney Bowes?
- The people. I really enjoy interacting with my colleagues. I am that person who will always approach you directly rather than sending you an email. And even though my work is flexible enough to do from home, I prefer to be in the office where I can talk to people face to face. This is simply part of who I am but it also helped me develop a broad network of contacts who got to know me and my work. As my network broadened, I was asked to MC the OnePB kickoff. This was something I’d never done before but I was happy to give it a try and it provided even more exposure to people and gave me the confidence to continue trying new things.
Tell us about an individual that supported you through this transition.
- When I first learned about the open Marketing position, I approached my manager, Joseph Saleh, Sales Director, SMB, ANZ, to discuss the idea. I had no real marketing experience and knew it would involve a steep learning curve but I was confident I could do it. Also, Joseph was very supportive even though the move would leave a gap in his team. He helped me think through the pros and cons of making the move but in the end, believed in my abilities to take on the new responsibilities and adapt to a new department. Once I’d made up my mind, he was completely supportive. He’s a great mentor who I continue to turn to for advice. Stephen Darracott, Country Manager ANZ and Kate Talty, Vice President, Marketing and Communications APAC, were also incredibly supportive despite the skills I lacked. They both encouraged me and helped me realize that the skills I had were adaptable to my new role. They made it incredibly easy for me to make the move.
- I also have the full support of my family. But at the end of the day, I am driving my career and I believed in myself enough to make the move. I am passionate about what I do.
What advice would you give to others who are interested in moving into a new role within Pitney Bowes?
- First, be clear that you really want to move. Internal mobility has the full support of the business. There is a lot of talent at Pitney Bowes and some of it goes unnoticed. Completing your talent profile is a great way to get noticed and show off your skills.
- Second, don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Each time I do, I gain confidence, skills, and exposure to new people. The job posting for the position I’m now in indicated a required 10 years of experience, but many people knew me at that point and I had a proven track record for successfully stretching beyond expectations. I would encourage everyone to try something they are nervous about. Pitney Bowes is a very supportive place to try new things.