Antti Matilainen, Senior Business Development Representative at Salesforce, left Finland for Ireland and planted the seeds for a successful sales career. As we launch in to 2017, we wanted to find out more about his career journey, and what tips he could share for forging a successful career here at Salesforce.
I grew up in a small town called Eura and moved to Helsinki when I was 20. Back then my dream was to become an aeronautical engineer. However, I have always loved business, technology and gadgets so instead of aeronautical engineering, I focused more on industrial technology and economics during my studies in Aalto University.
Outside of work I enjoy playing football, golf and when possible going to the sauna (you can take the boy out of Finland...). I also have a passion for good crafted beers.
I was working for a multinational company when a Salesforce recruiter contacted me. I had heard about Salesforce but right after the first call with the recruiter, I looked up more information of what the company was about and what people were saying - most innovative company on the Forbes list, Dreamforce videos on YouTube, on top of that a great reputation on Glassdoor and volunteering as an integral part of their business model - I was blown away!
The Interview process was smooth and my future colleagues took part in the process, which gave me a good indication that this is a company where everyone's voice is heard: HR, management and your future peers.
Last but not least, at Salesforce there's a clear plan for career progression whether you are interested in business or a technical role. My next step will be a sales role either in Ireland or in the UK. I’d love to be based out of the Salesforce HQ in San Francisco within the next five years.
Working and living abroad is a life-changing experience. You learn a lot on a professional-level and get a great chance to develop yourself in so many ways.
Often you hear people saying "I was thinking of moving abroad but I never did and every now and again i wonder what I missed out on".
Moving abroad might sound like a big thing but it really is not.
Taking that step will give you an experience you will never forget!
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