How Audrey Changed Careers During a Pandemic

How Audrey Changed Careers During a Pandemic

As a vibrant person with service industry experience and a passion for creating art, a career in tech sales wasn’t something that was initially on Audrey Young’s radar. Now, Audrey, like so many professionals in the tech industry, is on an upward trajectory she never saw coming. 

For years she had gained experience in restaurant management, only to have that path utterly halted by the pandemic in 2020. While navigating the impact of the COVID-19 curveball that left her entire industry facing unemployment, she found herself seeking more stability. 

That search led her to enroll in a 10-week tech sales bootcamp. Here, she learned that she had been building valuable interpersonal skills for years in her prior roles. This rang clear in her strong communication skills, work ethic, coachability, and authenticity in building relationships. 

Today, Audrey is soaring as a Business Development Rep (BDR) at ChartHop. With her personal skills and commitment to training, she was able to break into tech quickly. She graduated from Flockjay during Halloween 2020 and got hired in January 2021!

This Flockjay alumni sat down with us to share more details about her career journey into tech sales, including the challenges she had to overcome to find herself where she is today.

Keep reading to learn how Audrey changed careers during a pandemic. 

Pivoting from College Classes to Restaurant Management 

In college, Audrey was managing a lot of passions while seeking stability. In her own words: 

“I have a lot of passions, including helping others and sugar! The sad part is that I couldn’t make a career out of those things and make the money needed to support me and my family. I felt the only option for stability was to keep pursuing restaurant management because it was convenient and I was good at it. Sometimes we don’t get to have it all, and college doesn’t make it easy to finish and work full time.”

She had already gained experience working as a busser and a server in college, so becoming a Restaurant Manager seemed like a natural next step. 

Audrey eventually got promoted to a position where she was making $55,000 per year, albeit at 65 hours per week and 6 days a week. But things were looking good. This was her career now. 

However, when she returned to work from taking some well-deserved time off, she realized that restaurant management may not be for her. She wasn’t welcomed back with grace, and began to question her opportunities for growth in the industry. 

“When I came back, the restaurant was in complete chaos and I got reamed for it. I saw my manager’s true colors at that moment and realized that she was unethical and selfish. I dealt with it because they offered me a salary and health insurance, which I never had. At that point, I had just convinced myself that the service industry was the only career path for me.” 

For the next year, Audrey went above and beyond at work — doing inventory, payroll, scheduling, hiring, training and running a wine training program — but she still couldn’t get a raise or a transfer. This was especially frustrating since she had been working at the restaurant for six years and her boss wasn’t willing or excited to help with her growth within the company.

This is when she finally hit her breaking point and left the unhealthy work environment she’d been in. Around this time, her partner had got accepted into a music school in San Diego. Soon after, she packed up her bags, moved, and got a restaurant management job in her new city.

Then, COVID-19 shut the entire restaurant industry down.

How were they going to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads? A question that rose to the forefront for hundreds of thousands of Americans forced to face the impact of an industry-halting pandemic. What now?

Navigating Personal and Professional Growth During COVID-19

Audrey was fresh on the heels of an exciting new journey and felt crushed when the pandemic engulfed her industry in uncertainty. Audrey and her partner had no choice but to get creative, remain flexible, and work together to envision and implement a new plan. One that required putting everything they owned in storage. That takes resilience.

“My partner had to leave music school. I got laid off from my job and no one was hiring. We didn’t have enough money and had nowhere to go, so we moved into his parents’ camper, then to our friend’s spare bedroom with our three cats. It was tough.”

During this arduous process, Audrey leaned on her art as a positive creative outlet and had the gift of time to go inward and intentionally think about what she really wanted out of her next role. 

Her restaurant management experience had armed her with tons of incredible skills, but the unstable nature of the industry led her to experience self-doubt and depression.

Eventually, her and her partner were able to secure a temporary Airbnb in San Diego, allowing him to finish up music school. From there, they relocated back to an apartment in Denver to navigate their next steps as the pandemic continued to unfold. 

Finding Flockjay through a Craigslist Hunt for Opportunities

With an increasing awareness of how previous restaurant environments had negatively impacted her mental health, Audrey was eager to feel better. She knew it was time to break up with the restaurant industry if she wanted to prioritize her mental health and grow professionally. Unsure how to execute on this desired career change, she got curious and began researching. 

Audrey was surfing Craigslist for new job opportunities when an ad stopped her in her tracks. It was for Flockjay, a 10-week tech sales bootcamp, on a mission to provide people from diverse backgrounds with the training, confidence, and community they need to break into tech. No fancy college degree was required, and it mentioned a deferred tuition option that allowed students to join for $0 down and repay tuition after they are hired and earning at least $40k annually. This information resonated with her, but it was the first time she’d heard of career bootcamps as a real option for people with her background. Could this opportunity be for her? 

“I was thinking to myself, ‘This is insane. This makes no sense.’ I even told my family about it and they were like, ‘Okay, this sounds scammy.” 

But Audrey’s interest was piqued. She decided to ask her friends who were working in tech sales about their careers and got positive feedback. After conducting more research and realizing that Flockjay was legit, she decided to chat with one of our Admissions Advisors, Mo.

“Once Mo saw that I had studied Human Development in college and recognized that I was super passionate about it, she told me that Flockjay could help me get a job in EdTech or at a company that collaborates with nonprofits. I could pursue a job at a place that aligned with my personal goals, not just your typical tech company. And that’s what sold me. There were way more opportunities out there than what I originally thought coming from the restaurant industry.”

She decided to join our seventh batch of students and become a Flockjay Tech Fellow.

Overcoming Mental Health Obstacles During Class

Shortly after joining Flockjay, Audrey and her partner’s unemployment benefits in Denver ran out. They were on the brink of eviction and had to turn to the weekly food bank for support. Audrey shared that when the food bank provided them with a big turkey, they were able to make the best of it and eat turkey soup every night. 

To make ends meet, Audrey sold her car and watched her dad’s dog for $40 per night. During some earlier hardships in her life, she also resorted to assembling Ikea furniture for cash. 

While working hard to regain financial stability and pursue a new and unfamiliar opportunity, the state of Audrey’s mental health remained an obstacle. Her depression was becoming unmanageable, so to pursue treatment, she flew out to California to get a brain scan. 

Audrey was in the third week of Flockjay’s program during this time, and she personally still planned on attending class. But when she tried to dial in from her phone, she couldn’t get internet access. Feeling unprepared for a breakout session and overwhelmed by the hiccup, she admits having the urge to quit the program right then and there.

“By then, I was just so stressed out and upset. It felt like the final straw.”

However, Audrey decided to do her homework assignments for the week. And they motivated her to soldier on.

“I was in this hotel room by myself, waiting to fly out the next day, when I remembered that I needed to write a LinkedIn post. It had to be about tech, but I didn’t want to say something fake. But I also didn’t want to tell the world what was really going on with me. No one wants to hear that. At the end of the day, though, I just decided to be honest.”

What that honestly looked like:

Audrey Young LinkedIn feedback

After sharing that first LinkedIn post, Audrey continued to authentically thrive in Flockjay’s program, especially when it came to building a community with her other Flockmates. 

Being this open and vulnerable changed Audrey’s perspective on adversity and helped her turn the corner. She felt validated and encouraged by the responses on her post from people who also suffered from depression. Feeling less alone, she persevered and made it to graduation. 

Practicing Authenticity During the Interview Process

After hitting the 10-week mark and graduating from Flockjay, Audrey began the interview process. At this point, graduates work with dedicated Career Services Managers (CSM) for interactive coaching and tips on how to crush their interviews, make lasting impressions, and get hired by companies who support them. Part of this is knowing how to share your story. 

For Audrey, the idea of sharing the various elements of her story with a potential employer initially felt daunting. So at first, she wasn’t forthcoming with sharing those personal details. 

“I was struggling with how much to share and how to share it. So I just didn’t share at all and was like, ‘I am good at these things. I can do this.’ I didn’t really show them why or how I am good at those things, though,” says Audrey.

“Then I did a mock interview with my CSM and he said, ‘I wouldn’t hire you. You didn’t wow me. What happened to your story about being homeless during COVID and having nowhere to go? Don’t you think if you tell me your story that I’m going to believe you’re going to be a badass SDR and make money for my company?’”  

From then on, Audrey felt empowered by her story. When she started practicing sharing it during her various interviews, she could tell she was impressing her interviewers. She felt like she was on the verge of getting hired, and she was right. 

From Flockjay to Hired Sales Development Rep at ChartHop

After interviewing with ten different companies and landing five different final round interviews, Audrey received an offer to join the sales team at ChartHop. It was a full circle moment. 

“I have a video of me dancing. I don’t know if I can even put it into words because it’s such a validating and relieving feeling, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s honestly unbelievable. After such a hard year in the restaurant industry, I almost couldn’t believe it when I got the offer to join ChartHop’s sales team. I felt a weird blend of shock and pride.”

Today, Audrey is entering her fourth month at ChartHop as an SDR, where she has hit or exceeded her quota for three months. 

The collective flock is proudly rooting her on, because graduating and getting hired is not where the Tech Fellow journey ends. It is only where the Flockjay Alumni journey begins.

From Flockmates to Friends, The Career Support Doesn’t End 

Building community and providing mutual support is such an integral part of Flockjay’s program. The power of the connections students make in the first 10 weeks of the program and beyond is something that cannot be understated during such a pivotal time of transformation and growth.

Audrey’s batch was no exception, exuding Flockjay’s value of flying farther and faster together.

“A group of friends I made in the program nicknamed ourselves ‘The Kingdom’ because we were like birds who came together. We would meet after class every Thursday and we could stay on for two, three hours and sometimes into the middle of the night. We would just support each other and talk about our lives and our biggest fears. These people changed my life.

Now, we’re all placed at different jobs and we still meet and have a group text. We’ll share sales tips from time to time, but what we value the most is our bond with each other.  These people are so important to me. And they were my favorite part of Flockjay. Because without any human connection, you’re just getting information thrown at you, not getting reps in and making deep connections with others, which makes you better at sales anyways.”

Audrey’s Flockjay Alumni Journey and Community Involvement 

Audrey has decided to give back to the Flockjay community by working as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for a recent batch of students going through the program. She has also been involved with Flockjay Identity Groups (FIGs), which are outlets for connection among diverse alumni groups. Audrey says: 

“I loved the program for the connections I made and the empowerment I got from my trainers and peers. I decided to be as involved as I could and joined as a co-leader for the Womxns FIGS group, and also became a TA for Batch 12! I love to contribute to a positive environment that supports diverse and talented individuals to reach their potential and make money doing it. We all have different stories and I live to hear everyone’s stories. My life is greatly enhanced by the people I encounter through Flockjay.”

Wondering How to Change Careers? You Can Do This

Audrey’s journey from the restaurant industry to unemployment to tech sales took turns she never expected, and believing in herself has yielded results she never dreamed possible. 

“I just feel so lucky,” Audrey says. “And blessed.”

Your New Career in Tech Sales Starts Now

Sales is the best kept secret in tech, and Flockjay will show you the way. With online classes and live instructors, Flockjay teaches you everything you need to know to be job ready in just 10 weeks. Ready for a career change?

Announcing 10 #FlockjayHeadStart Contest Winners

Announcing 10 #FlockjayHeadStart Contest Winners

Last week, we launched our first official #FlockjayHeadStart equipment contest in alignment with our mission to empower upward mobility. Today, we are excited to share who our 10 winners are. These incoming Tech Fellows will receive a premium laptop, headset, and Visa debit card to help cover four months of internet access.

We’d like to thank and celebrate each person who entered for taking a chance on themselves and sharing their story. Our admissions team thoughtfully considered each submission and our decisions were not easy! As a reminder, winners were chosen based on their overall application, video submission, and need for equipment access.

Without further ado, please join us in celebrating the following winners of our #FlockjayHeadStart equipment contest! You can watch each of their video submissions to learn more about them. 🎥

#FlockjayHeadStart Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our #FlockjayHeadStart contest, listed in no particular order. As with every student, we are so grateful for the opportunity to be a footnote in the story of your career journey.

We look forward to taking flight with you and watching you soar!

1. Aja Al-harbawi

Hear from Aja, who is excited to embark on a new career path. With a background in retail, she didn’t know it was a possibility to join a program like Flockjay’s and admits she’s been hindered by a lot of factors on her journey. She says, “I want to flourish and gain exceptional skills and impact peoples lives. Flockjay told me that I can actually succeed. I have been hindered by a lot of factors, as my parents have passed away. I lost a lot of support.”

Watch Aja’s TikTok entry.

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2. Charlene Smith

Charlene says that she’s always loved communicating with people and has previous experience in different sales settings such as cashiering, waitressing, coaching, and teaching. “As a coach and as a teacher I’ve always loved the idea of selling a dream or an idea or a skill set. I’m excited to see how Flockjay can teach me how to better my ability and skills so that I can go out into the workforce and scoop up a great job in tech sales and become the professional that I want to be, and that I know I can be, with the right training and experience.”

Watch Charlene’s TikTok entry.

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Excited to see where this journey takes me- ready to spread my wings and fly! 🦅 hehe #FlockjayHeadStart

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3. Teyarra Alexander

Teyarra wants to join Flockjay’s bootcamp for two core reasons: career advancement and new skills. “It’s nice that you can have a job you can stay at for years and be able to advance and also gain new skills while on the job.”

Watch Teyarra’s TikTok entry.

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#FlockjayHeadStart

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4. Stephen Baker

Stephen admits he has been interested in Flockjay for awhile now, and has applied in the past and not gotten in. He also opens up about his battle with addiction recovery. “I have 125 days sober today and for me, that is a miracle. If I could win this to get a head start, I believe it will help me settle in a career that will give me the driving force to remain sober. I know that a lot of people out there suffer from addiction and I know that they are consistently striving to better themselves as I am doing right now. That is what it would mean to me.”

Watch Stephen’s Instagram entry.

 
 
 
 
 
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5. DeAaron Waters

DeAaron brings the energy when he shares the news of his career change! Be sure to read his caption below for more details on why he entered the #FlockjayHeadStart contest and is passionate about a career in tech sales. Watch DeAaron’s Instagram entry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Sean Davis

Sean sat outside of the Washington Monument to share why he’s excited to join Flockjay’s upcoming class. “I’m a Flockjay rock star. I will be going into the tech sector and learning something new while I’m here in Washington, D.C.” What a natural Flockstar!

Watch Sean’s Instagram entry.

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Kairo Dilla

Kai has a background in computer science and is passionate about helping others. He says Flockjay’s values align with his morals. Last year he discovered the sales career path and sought out opportunities to apply. However, “Without the proper training needed to be a successful sales representative, I was faced with rejection every single day. It became so bad that I had to depend on unemployment to barely scrape by, but luckily I was offered an overnight position at a rehab facility a few months ago. Working at a minimum wage job, I don’t have the necessary resources to fund the tools needed to succeed in a tech sales career. Winning this contest will definitely give me that #FlockjayHeadStart.”

Watch Kairo’s YouTube entry.

 

8. Alice Okunola

Alice says that, “Joining Flockjay is a great privilege for me. The education is going to provide me with the tools, the knowledge, and the understanding of what is expected of me as a tech sales representative.” She noted that launching a career as a tech sales representative is going will provide an avenue to help connect customers with the right products and problem solve. She also wished success upon her fellow contestants, and we’re all about community!

Watch Alice’s YouTube entry.

 

9. Kendra Brockett

Kendra is excited to join Flockjay’s upcoming class because of the support gained through live video classes and career services like expert interview help to land the job. “Flockjay is where it’s at right now!’

Watch Kendra’s YouTube entry.

 

10. Alejandro Valdivia

Alejandro is looking for a career and has been working at his current job for years now and feeling stuck. “I would really love to join this program. Something that really caught my attention is that they want to promote minority groups. I’m a Mexican American Latino born and raised in San Francisco, so having a program that wants to give you those tools to see you succeed sounds amazing to me. I love the fact that there’s zero tuition initially, so you can join the program without having to worry about paying that money up front. Sometimes that’s the reason why a lot of people don’t take on challenges, because financially they can’t cover the cost. So having this opportunity to join the program and then pay later is amazing. I think a career in tech would change my life. There’s a lot of potential for me to grow and tools for me to learn and I’m very excited and very motivated.”

Watch Alejandro’s YouTube entry.

 

On a Mission to Empower Upward Mobility for All

Congratulations to our winners and thank you again to all who joined the #FlockjayHeadStart contest! At Flockjay, there is nothing that brings our collective team more joy than working in support of our mission to empower everyone with the promise of upward mobility.

We also aim to promote diversity and inclusion in our application and training process, in the hiring partners we work with, and in our own company. We seek to include and highlight applications from underrepresented, underserved, and non-traditional backgrounds. We do our best to reduce implicit and unconscious bias in our screening and training processes. This includes working with candidates individually to find the best formats to showcase their strengths. Read our Flockjay Manifesto to learn more about our commitment to DEI.

Interested in applying to Flockjay and launching a new career in tech sales? Awesome! See resources to help you learn more and determine if Flockjay’s 10-week tech sales program could be right for you.

To read real student reviews and follow us across social media platforms, click here.

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Rukhsana Sher Tech Fellow Spotlight

Rukhsana Sher Tech Fellow Spotlight

Our diverse community of students comes together from various non-traditional backgrounds to learn, reskill, and unite around a shared goal to break into tech sales as a Sales Development Representative (SDR).

As Flockjay charts our path forward in the workplace, it is with the utmost pride that we share the stories of our Tech Fellows. We think it’s important for mission-aligned hiring partners seeking to strengthen and diversify their sales teams to learn more about where our elite students come from. They are ready to make an undeniably positive impact.

Meet Rukhsana Sher, a Flockjay Tech Fellow from our eighth class and current SDR for hire. She shared a few details about her journey with us below. Her sales trainers had this to share:

“She makes a strong and constant effort to educate herself. As an educator herself, she understands the importance of having critical thinking skills while being coachable and organized. With her wonderful interpersonal skills, she will be an amazing addition to any team.”

What did life look like before you found Flockjay?

Before joining Flockjay, I was a professor at the University of Colorado, teaching ESL students (individuals with English as a Second Language). I was always interested in sales and saw a close relationship between teaching and selling, as both depend on cultivating a close relationship and offering others something of significant value.

With the increasing proliferation of technology, I saw tremendous opportunity in empowering people with new tools to enhance productivity and efficiency. Flockjay offered me the platform to pursue this endeavor. After spending 200+ hours of intensive learning of software including Salesforce, Salesloft, Zoom, Loom, and using Calendly, Slack, and outreach, I am ready to rock and roll!

What past accomplishments are you proud of?

Earlier in my career, I had the privilege of co-founding an institute of languages. We helped foreign students learn the English language and prepare for the IELTS and TOEFL examinations, and aided them in getting accepted to their dream schools. 

Among the most impactful efforts I have undertaken includes having developed curriculum for teacher training colleges globally, helping teachers to advance their education and learning new pedagogies.

During my time at the Intensive English Program at the University of Colorado, I felt great satisfaction in helping international students adjust to the local culture through creating open dialogue and personalized counseling.

What excites you most about a future SDR role?

I am thrilled about the opportunity to connect with prospects by listening closely to them, finding their pain points, and solving them. In this, I most look forward to being part of the technological push helping to advance society through clever solutions which aim to optimize the problems plaguing us. Bridging the gap between the innovators and consumers feels like a perfect match, and I look forward to being instrumental in this exciting era! 

Advice for someone who wants to break into tech?

Tech sales is a very exciting field, but it is imperative to be prepared with the proper skillset, and there is no better place to not only acquire these tools as well as become part of a vibrant community in tech sales than Flockjay. This boot camp teaches you the ins and outs of the sales world in a demanding but approachable environment. The instructors are masters of their trade, drawing from years of experience and expertise. The curriculum is highly practical, with hands-on assignments, providing real-time feedback.

While the tech world is evolving at a breakneck pace, the breadth and depth of the community you’ll join with Flockjay makes it feel smaller and more intimate, ultimately transforming an otherwise intimidating juggernaut into an approachable family.

Follow Her Journey from Tech Fellow to Elite SDR

We encourage you to connect with Rukhsana on LinkedIn to follow her upward journey. While you’re there, follow Flockjay for more Tech Fellow spotlights and success stories. If you’re someone seeking a new career opportunity, tech sales may be right for you.

Read our FAQ and apply for our next class

Are you a sales leader who is growing your team? If you’d like to connect with more quality SDRs for hire like Aaron, please email partners@flockjay.com or get more info right now. Our graduates are currently working on sales teams such as Zoom, Gong, Gusto, and Airtable.

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Anna Zhirova Tech Fellow Spotlight

Anna Zhirova Tech Fellow Spotlight

Our diverse community of students comes together from various non-traditional backgrounds to learn, reskill, and unite around a shared goal to break into tech sales as a Sales Development Representative (SDR).

As Flockjay charts our path forward in the workplace, it is with the utmost pride that we share the stories of our Tech Fellows. We think it’s important for mission-aligned hiring partners seeking to strengthen and diversify their sales teams to learn more about where our elite students come from. They are ready to make an undeniably positive impact.

Meet Anna Zhirova, a Flockjay Tech Fellow from our eighth class and current SDR for hire. She shared a few details about her journey with us below. Her sales trainers had this to share:

“It was an absolute pleasure to have Anna in our program. She is a great team player, very creative. She was able to fusion her great marketing and sales experience and provided support, key insights, ideas, and direction to her team.”

What did life look like before you found Flockjay?

I was born and raised in Yekaterinburg, Russia and moved to the United States three years ago. I learned about B2B sales and marketing by doing it, as I have 10+ years of experience working in tech in Russia. When I moved to the US, it was not easy to find a job. After one year of unsuccessful interviews, I got tired of searching for jobs and working on my own with occasional marketing tasks where I mostly utilized my data analytics skill set.

So, I began working at both the local Whole Foods Market and on the bike station on Pier 40 in San Francisco. I learned how to do repairs and occasionally sold 10 bikes from our 30-bike fleet (not a bad conversion rate, huh?). Then, I joined the sales program called Flockjay. As I was taking my classes in City College of San Francisco, those 10 weeks of class were challenging. 

In Flockjay, I mastered my sales skills related to the industry. I believe that sales are an art and a science. I want to work on the front line of the business bringing more customers on board and working cross-functionally: giving feedback to the product, marketing, and other teams on a regular basis. I see myself as a trusted advisor of disruptive products. I love learning more about MarTech, e-commerce, and e-learning industries. The latter one because of my amazing experience with Flockjay’s online sales training academy. My experience as a Tech Fellow introduced me, a life-long learner, to a powerful equilibrium of human and machine intelligence.

What past accomplishments are you proud of?

1. After 15 years, I married Katya, my wife, and we started our family.

2. I have a master’s degree in philosophy! During my student years, I specialized in one of the most challenging topics: the philosophy and poetry of Martin Heidegger.

3. I dive 33 meters (108.2 feet) deep on a single breath.

4. Back in Russia, I grew the revenue of Allsoft Ecommerce’s solution by a factor of eight, from $4.3 million to $32.3 million annually.

5. I completed 60 units of classes – both the credit and non-credit – at the City College of San Francisco at the same time, working to improve my English skills.

6. I am proud of all certificates that I have. These include Marketo, Hubspot, Salesforce, Google Analytics, and EFSET English Certificate 75/100 (C2 Proficient).

What excites you most about a future SDR role?

I love to work with people and data. When I worked at Softline Group, I grew the number of partners of my e-commerce solution from 3 to 150 partners, and I enjoyed building relationships within my partners. Also, I would love to master my communication skills and learn from the best companies in Silicon Valley.

Advice for someone who wants to break into tech?

Take your cell phone. Choose the app you love. Are you excited to work there? 😉

Follow Her Journey from Tech Fellow to Elite SDR

We encourage you to connect with Anna on LinkedIn to follow her upward journey. While you’re there, follow Flockjay for more Tech Fellow spotlights and success stories.

If you’re someone seeking a new career opportunity, tech sales may be right for you.

Read our FAQ and apply for our next class! No prior tech experience or degree required.

Our graduates are currently excelling on sales teams such as Zoom, Gong, Gusto, and Airtable.

Partner with Flockjay to Diversify & Strengthen Your Team

Flockjay reps already love to sell. They are trained by the best, onboard faster, perform better, and stay longer. Interested in diversifying your sales team with pre-trained talent?

Casey Armstrong Tech Fellow Spotlight

Casey Armstrong Tech Fellow Spotlight

Our diverse community of students comes together from various non-traditional backgrounds to learn, reskill, and unite around a shared goal to break into tech sales as a Sales Development Representative (SDR).

As Flockjay charts our path forward in the workplace, it is with the utmost pride that we share the stories of our Tech Fellows. We think it’s important for mission-aligned hiring partners seeking to strengthen and diversify their sales teams to learn more about where our elite students come from. They are ready to make an undeniably positive impact.

Meet Casey Armstrong, a Flockjay Tech Fellow from our eighth class and current SDR for hire. He shared a few details about his journey with us below. His sales trainers had this to share:

“Casey is a joy to be around. He has an inherent understanding of technology and people. Casey is eager to master skills and support other Tech Fellows in practicing and troubleshooting tech issues.”

What did life look like before you found Flockjay?

The pandemic took everything from me. I had a fantastic career in Live Entertainment and my future was very bright. I was personally requested by countless events and production companies. Turning down clients left and right due to being already booked. I have now been out of work since March 2020. I was in a pit of depression I could not shake. I was running out of unemployment and was losing hope.

Flockjay turned my life around. It gave me hope. It gave me a purpose in such a lost and disrupted year of my life. I now have options. I now have hope for a new career which has endless growth and opportunity. I now have an opportunity to possibly work at some pretty big-name tech companies and the interviews keep rolling in. Since graduating I have had a packed schedule of interview after interview trying to find the perfect company to work for and the best software to sell!

It was as if I did 10 weeks of discovery of myself with the most encouraging people I have ever been blessed to be around. I would have never been able to get out of that pit of despair if it was not for Draxton Amador having me take the leap and committing to the program together. Checking on my progress the whole way and keeping me focused on our end goal of one day being able to be on the same sales team together like the before times. <3

What past accomplishments are you proud of? 

Flockjay gave me the tools to get back out into the workforce. They gave me the strength to hit the ground running and be ready for anything my new career had to throw at me! I am now in the final stage of interviewing with three dream companies and I have my fingers crossed that all three send me offers. 

What excites you most about a future SDR role?

I am most excited about being around like-minded people that are very outgoing and as positive as me. Being able to land my first demo call! Then one day being the AE and is giving the live demos that close the deal!

Advice for someone who wants to break into tech?

Do not wait. Your future is knocking on the door. All you have to do is open the door and embrace your newfound life!

Follow His Journey from Tech Fellow to Elite SDR

We encourage you to connect with Casey on LinkedIn to follow his upward journey. While you’re there, follow Flockjay for more Tech Fellow spotlights and success stories. If you’re someone seeking a new career opportunity, tech sales may be right for you. Read our FAQ and apply!

Are you a sales leader who is growing your team? If you’d like to connect with more quality SDRs for hire like Aaron, please email partners@flockjay.com or get more info right now. Our graduates are currently working on sales teams such as Zoom, Gong, Gusto, and Airtable.

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