Sophie Wilson, solution engineer, Salesforce
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I meet with prospective customers to understand what their business challenges are and work out how to solve those challenges using the CRM (customer relationship management) technology our company makes.
HOW HAS YOUR MENTOR CHALLENGED YOU?
Jodi encouraged me to take on a maternity leave role so I moved from (a permanent job in) corporate finance to capital markets. I ended up loving it and it was a monumental growth period. She taught me if I step outside my comfort zone I can learn a lot. Then it was leaving banking and trying technology. She said “just do it, what have you got to lose? You can always come back to banking”. I made the leap and haven’t looked back and that was thanks to Jodi.
HOW MANY MENTORS DO YOU HAVE?
I might have five, but two are slightly more formal, whereas the rest have become friendships that have an element of mentoring involved. I am lucky that a lot of senior, experienced people have been willing to give me the time. It’s important to have a mix of genders and industries to broaden your scope.
HOW DID YOU FIND THEM ALL?
All have been organic relationships except one: Someone in my current company asked who my mentor was in the business and I didn’t have one. It will be interesting to see how it pays off. We have a once-a-month catch-up and there are objectives she leaves me with at the end of each meeting. It’s a different view on things. I am optimistic it will be just as fruitful as an organic relationship.