8 months at OpenDNS

Hard to believe it’s been so long since my last post here.  Life with a little one goes by so fast!  I never realized how quickly time goes, and I also never believed anyone that told me time flies when you have kids 🙂

So, the past 8 months have been quite the journey.  When I was hired, I was hired to fulfill two roles – Technical Account Manager and Sales Engineer.  After looking at a lot of data around where my time was being spent in my first few months, it was clear that it was time to split the role in two. I’ve moved into the Sales Engineer role for our MSP Sales team at OpenDNS.  This has proven to be a great fit for my personality and skill set, and it’s been so exciting and rewarding to be able to support our sales team with technical expertise and helping our MSP Partners deploy and use our products to protect their customer networks.

On a recent post on this blog, I talked about my career search and how I spent a lot of time looking for the role that would be the best fit and I can definitely say that I’m in that role now.  That’s not to say, however, that I’m not looking for ways to improve and grow – because I do that daily.  But I can definitely say that the work I do daily is rewarding, challenging and exciting. If you’re in a career search, i strongly encourage evaluating something like the PRO-D evaluation to help find career paths that work within your personality and competencies.

I remember during my high school and college days always saying how I could never see myself being a programmer because I didn’t “want to be in a cube all day” and never talk to people.  It’s funny how stereotypes get destroyed when you work with different people.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with our developers and am actually working with some programming of my own (Python, mostly) and taking a Computer Science Intro course from Harvard on EdX.  Depending on how things go, there might be some additional classes in my future for Computer Science, as I’m really loving the topic and I really love being able to write scripts to make large tasks easier to accomplish.

My transition from an MSP service desk to being on the vendor side has been great, and I’m so glad that I’ve made the switch to working for such an awesome company as OpenDNS. I wrote a quick post about my transition over on our blog, and you can find it here.