In my last post, I explained how I made the jump from being an accountant to a Sales & Business Development student at the Academy. I took a leap of faith, and left behind a steady job in Dallas and my support network of friends and family.

Guess what? My crazy idea to pack up and move to SF has been a success! What once seemed like a risky decision has worked out better than I could have hoped.

The Academy helped develop my network in SF, and transformed my career. I’m now working full time in sales operations for Distribute. I feel motivated when I go to work, I enjoy the work I do, and I’m surrounded by an incredible group of people! I couldn’t be happier.

From Classroom to Employment (before I even graduated)

The Academy introduced to me to Amy Shah, the sales manager at Distribute. She had an accounting background and ties to Texas. Considering our similarities, instructors thought she would be a great mentor and coach for me. As the program progressed, I knew I wanted to work on my student project with Distribute. The team was amazing. Everyone was articulate and whip smart, but also very humble.

Distribute is an early-stage technology platform that brings liquidity, exposure, and transparency to product distribution. Simply put, it’s wholesale purchasing made simpler!

Distribute was starting to capture data and use Salesforce to support business operations. I learned a lot about their platform and business. I had the opportunity to help create workflows and dashboards that would provide visibility to leadership and to the sales team. I quickly realized how much knowledge I had gained from the program. I was able to step in and immediately make a valuable contribution. After interning with Distribute for six weeks, they offered me a full-time position.

The project work is what really sets apart the Academy from a traditional education environment.

I learned the hard way that enjoying studying accounting was different than enjoying being an accountant. My project work with Distribute provided the perfect opportunity to get experience and exposure to a wide variety of new sales ops responsibilities.

Attending the Academy was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The best part about it is that the support and community does not end after graduation. It has opened up the doors to an entirely new career path for me, and I’m excited to be part of a growing network of alumni and mentors.