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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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.

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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.

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?

Celia Camacho-Chann Tech Fellow Spotlight

Celia Camacho-Chann 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 Celia Camacho-Chann, 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:

“Celia has shown a high level of discipline and professionalism during the program. Her listening skills, attention to detail, and optimism made her be an inspirational leader in our program.”

What did life look like before you found Flockjay?

Spending over a decade in hospitality has helped me hone so many soft skills from time-management to teamwork under stress to empathy. Flockjay was instrumental in helping me understand that selling at its core has more similarities across industries than I would have realized. I channeled that same drive and curiosity that led me to juggle three jobs at once for more mobility in hospitality into the Flockjay program.

What past accomplishments are you proud of? 

I’ve seen the support staff I’ve trained become kind, effective servers and bartenders and also develop the confidence to pursue other projects they didn’t think they could. I love seeing teams get into a flow when the hard work of streamlining operations and setting goals have come together. 

What excites you most about a future SDR role?

I’m excited to make an impact across industries and ultimately give back to the mentors and communities who set me up for success.

Advice for someone who wants to break into tech?

Remember that you have already overcome so many struggles and have the inner resources to make it through the next one.

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” -Brené Brown

Follow Her Journey from Tech Fellow to Elite SDR

We encourage you to connect with Celia 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 – it begins 3/15/21! 

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.

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?