Matt Langston, Sales Operations Manager at ezyVet
Matt is a great example of the opportunity for growth and movement within a company. His love of the tech industry is clear and he is very much in amongst his people at ezyVet. Matt has a clear passion for learning and his job allows him to constantly be exposed to new things. Thanks for sharing Matt.
Firstly, how would you explain to a five year old what you do?
I help our salespeople sell more.
Was working in tech something you dreamed about doing as a kid?
Yep. As a young kid I always had to have the newest and best gadgets. As I grew up, I started following a few more tech companies and watching them grow and that’s when I really knew I wanted to be part of the tech industry.
Everything outside of technology seemed so stagnant, whilst in technology you’re always going to be at the centre of change.
“Everything outside of technology seemed so stagnant, whilst in technology you’re always going to be at the centre of change.”
Tell us a little bit more about your career journey and ultimately about how you ended up working at ezyVet?
My experience before ezyVet was a mixture of recruitment and finance. I learnt a lot working in both of those industries, but neither of them really excited me and I never felt the passion for my work I knew I could have.
I sent in a very ambitious application for a different role at ezyVet, I didn’t think I had a chance of getting it but I really wanted to reach out to the company and show them some of my skills. Fortunately, Warren, our recruitment manager gave me a call to let me down softly but also told me that there was another role I could be a better fit for.
The sales operations role allowed me to leverage both of my previous roles – sales/business development skills from recruitment and my data and analysis skills from my time in finance and my economics degree – all in a tech environment.
Can you share some more insight into what that transition was like?
The transition was interesting, immediately I realised that one of the things that keeps leading tech companies ahead of the curve and growing fast is not just their product but their use of technology internally too. I suddenly had to manage learning about the veterinary industry, all of the new systems ezyVet uses as well as the role itself!
So basically, the first few weeks were a blur, but there was a lot of support at ezyVet and it all came together pretty quickly!
What is it specifically that you like about working in tech relative to your past jobs?
The quality and diversity of the team. In a tech company you attract the best talent and you also have to hire for such a broad range of roles, from developers, to salespeople, to accountants.
This means there is a huge mix of skills and personalities, so there is always something to learn, someone to talk to, and always something new going on to try!
“Your role will grow or you will be able to move internally, just make sure you join a company you love!”
Do you have any advice for people considering tech as a career path and how they might get there quicker?
I think what I have learned is that you need to throw yourself in at the deep end. I feel that I was really lucky to get into the perfect role for me right away. But at ezyVet I’ve seen a lot of people finding out what they’re really good at and moving between teams.
So if you believe in the company, and the industry, then be open minded and just get a foot in the door. Your role will grow or you will be able to move internally, just make sure you join a company you love!
What gets you excited about working at ezyVet?
The rate of growth we are seeing. We’re welcoming new people to the team almost every week and we’re rolling out new features just as quick. It’s this feeling of momentum I think we all have as a team that keeps us together and keeps driving us forwards. It’s also a great bunch of people and we always have a good laugh.
Lastly, ezyVet continues to grow. What kind of candidates do you think ezyVet is looking for in terms of experience, attitude and character?
I think the most important thing we need is passionate and ambitious people. People who want to succeed and be part of our success. If candidates can demonstrate this quality along with good people skills, I am sure we could have a position for them.
I think creativity is a really valuable trait at ezyVet too, whatever team or role you are applying for. We’re growing fast so we always need new ideas bouncing around to find better ways of doing things.