Jack Edwards started his football career Leamington F.C in 2014, making 327 appearances to date, with an impressive 57 goals, one of the most influential figures at Leamington saw him named Club Captain in 2019/20, and awarded both the Manager’s and the Players’ Player of the Year Awards that season.
Alongside Jack’s footballing career he started his professional career working for a recruitment agency in Coventry before moving into the SaaS Sales space, leading him to his most recent job Egnyte as Commercial Account Executive.
Read below how Jack transfers the skills he has learned on the pitch, to be a success in the workplace.
- What does Egnyte do and what’s your role?
Egnyte provides a complete data collaboration solution with inbuilt security and governance. Our software helps an organisation lower their risk footprint to threats like ransomware and IP theft whilst giving them the ability to share and collaborate on files, big and small, via a simple mechanism. My title is Commercial Account Executive for EMEA and my role is to promote Egnyte through various methods to customers and prospects.
- How did you get into your career?
I knew I wanted to be in sales, but I didn’t know what sector. Recruitment seemed to make sense because I knew there was money to be made and I would gain a broad perspective into which sectors were of interest to me. This then paved the way to a career in software.
- What hints, tips and advice would you give your younger yourself?
Financial security will come, don’t run before you can walk. Turn up consistently, apply yourself and the big bucks will come.
- What’s your best work hack?
Exercise at the start of the day and work in allocated blocks for the rest of the working day to avoid burnout.
- What experiences have you had in your sporting career that are transferable and valuable in the workplace?
Countless but here are a few. Build relationships with your colleagues, particularly management…if people like you, you will always get a second chance. Take the positives out of defeat, you will develop much quicker. Be loyal, very rare that you become an “A player” immediately…it takes time, so reciprocate the faith paid in you. Enjoy the successes but try and remain level-headed…Don’t get too high when you win or too low when you lose.
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