We all know that there is no specific educational route into becoming a Sales Development Representative. That doesn’t mean that just anyone can do it though. It requires life skills, soft skills, some things self-learnt and some things taught. Above all else though, having a belief in yourself and a desire to get the job done, even when it seems like the world is against you, is essential. This is the character and inner confidence we look for. Of course, our SDRs all have these qualities in abundance but despite the common traits, they are all individuals, and they all found their own route here. That’s why we thought now was the time to gain a greater insight into some of our brightest stars.
In this instance, we asked Behzad to share his story with us.
“If I continue learning, I’ll just get better and better.„
I’m initially from Syria but grew up in Arnhem. First of all, my father got a job and moved to the Netherlands when I was very young. A few years later, the whole family moved to join him as we felt there were better opportunities here. Consequently, I went to school here, all my friends are from here and I also got my degree in Event Management from here.
So, the plan was to manage events and I had been able lucky enough to secure a part time job at RAI Amsterdam. I felt this would be a great base from which to launch my career and then… coronavirus struck. All events were shut indefinitely, and we were in lockdown.
That was when my brother and now also my colleague introduced me to Aexus. I knew he worked there already and was excited when he spoke to me about it because he had always told me about how much he enjoyed it. So, when I was offered an interview, I was happy but also apprehensive because I didn’t know much about technology. This didn’t seem to matter though and I’m learning all the time. That’s one of the things I really like about Aexus. I’m more knowledgeable now than I was when I started and next month, I know I will have taken another step forward. As I said at the veery start, it’s all about continuous learning. As long as you put in the hard work, you’ll be rewarded by becoming better and of course, that’s a motivation in itself.
So, this was my journey but what it really shows is that there is not just one path to becoming an SDR. On top of this, I think it’s your background and your attitude that make you who you are today and you can use that to relate to people. That’s because there are always shared experiences that transcend cultures and borders.