Upon reflection of the last few months, I personally got caught up in the same redundancies that a huge number of security professionals have faced and are still facing. Though my ego took a sting, and my imposter syndrome had a good laugh, I was fortunate enough to land myself into a new role at Trend Micro just over 4 weeks ago.
Now a month into my role as a Territory Account Manager, we are continuing to offer opportunities to join the tremendous team in the UK.
And as a recent joiner, I’ve experienced first-hand the amazing culture, and the inescapable feeling of being part of something very special.
Enjoy being new
Trend Micro is of course a large company with a big reputation and a long 35-year history as leaders in the cybersecurity space. Although I’ve worked within a large sized company before, few $1bn+ revenue multi-nationals can maintain a genuine, collective, family spirit, combined with a dynamism that comes from a shared belief we’re helping to make the digital world safer.
From my very first day onwards, I was frequently encouraged to “enjoy being new” by various members of the team in Paddington. It was good advice.
To get the most out of working at Trend, it helps to really immerse yourself in every aspect of the business and how it works, not just how in to sell. While that felt initially like an alien approach to take, there have been so many opportunities to get involved in other areas of Trend and understand its people and functions before getting into the nitty gritty of my day-job.
For example, I started helping out with the Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) programme in my second week– my first glimpse of how Trend goes above and beyond as an industry leader to help improve society.
I’ve enjoyed and I’m still enjoying being new. Yesterday I returned from our new joiners’ kick-off in Cork, Ireland and I’ve already been lucky enough to meet channel partners at events in both London and Glasgow.
Cybersecurity is a fantastic sector to be involved in right now. It really does sit at the heart of growth for any successful business, which will help to insulate it from the seemingly inevitable economic pain headed our way in the UK. At Trend Micro you have an employer prepared to reward talent, wherever it is. As a Territory Account Manager at 25 I still get the healthy dose of imposter syndrome on a Monday morning. It’s easy for a company to see the years on a CV as an ability score. But this is a company that focuses on ability, not age. And it’s still hiring.
One month in and the journey’s just beginning.