By Ryan Porter — Founder
What was your first job ever?
Did you like it?
Yes, it was a great way to meet new people and learn about banking.
Most important lesson you learned from that job?
Dont be late, neatness counts, take initiative.
What do you do for a living now?
Manager of Sony Centre, New Business Development Manager.
How did you get into it?
I didnt know what I wanted to do or become while at university. I was walking through a Sony Store with my girlfriend at the time and after talking a while, the owner asked me to come in for a formal interview.
He offered me a job as a sales consultant. I worked hard at each role I had and learned as much as I could about all aspects of the business. I talked to people at all levels about their path and aspirations and concerns.
Meeting new clients everyday, each with different businesses and their unique requirements.
The key to success is understanding the uniqueness of each client and helping them achieve their objectives while both parties profit.
Learning about all different types of businesses, from creating christmas displays year round to waterproofing skyscrapers, there are so many businesses each with their unique needs.
The overall economic outlook of electronics hardware manufacturing has bred a culture of running lean, with each consecutive year demanding more with less resources.
Describe a typical work day:
Everyday is different. As a store manager there are regular routines for service follow up, customer feedback, employee training, meetings, etc.
As a new business developer, we find business opportunities and execute marketing events all around town.
Has anything wild/crazy/ridiculous happened to you while working?
The craziest and funnest stories are always best shared over a drink and arent fit for print ;)
What was the hardest thing about becoming a manager?
With many electronics companies running lean, there are fewer and fewer opportunities as you move up, many senior positions have been held by a long time by some very smart people. They have taken the time to develop their established clientele. Something a newcomer will have to pay their dues to earn.
When did you know that it was a job you’d like to stick with for a while?
When i heard from other people how much they hated their jobs, I found myself giving very different answers when the discussion came up. I have alot of freedom to pursue opportunities and while not every lead goes to the bank, my track record of success has allowed me to take bigger chances.
What would you do differently if you could go back in time?
As a young man in this business I have had pride get to me, it has taken me a long time to rebuild relationships that I spoiled due to my naivety and passion.
What advice would you give to somebody who’s trying to figure out what to do with their life?
There is no right path. Everyone will have unique opportunities and there are all sorts of businesses that need all sorts of people to do all sorts of things.
If you dont know what to do, just put one foot in front of the other, doing in earnest everything to the best of your abilities. You will develop a skill set that you will reap for the rest of your career.
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