He Who Dares, Wins

Business Insight

If you’re familiar with the technology industry, you’ll frequently hear the phrase ‘adapt or die’. Change isn’t just something you must anticipate but also something you must continually drive to innovate and keep up with the competition. The same can be applied to our personal lives.

As an amateur DJ, I have always had a keen interest in technology and how it works so when the opportunity arose to interview with the UK’s #1 Cloud Services Provider, I jumped at the chance.

It was actually my first interview in 7 years and only the 3rd in my career so it’s safe to say I was pretty nervous! Thankfully my nerves dissipated as I walked through the doors at ANS. The energy around the place, the way I was greeted at reception, the people around me, I was immediately put at ease. This warm welcome made me even more determined to get the job.

A week later, I secured a second interview and in true ANS style, it was more of a ‘get to know me’ session. Soon after, I received a call informing me I’d got the job. That’s when the panic started to set in. This wasn’t just the case of a new job, it also meant moving to a completely new city and leaving all my friends and family behind.

My first week at ANS passed in a blur. I had to get my head around new technologies, acronyms, strategies and policies all while meeting new people and trying to familiarise myself with a new city.

To say I was well out of my comfort zone is an understatement. But what I quickly realised is that my feelings of sheer panic and stress were being replaced by an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and pride. And these positive feelings have stuck with me. Taking on a non-technical role as a Quality Auditor at a leading cloud services provider seemed a little daunting at first. However, I soon realised that there are still opportunities to learn and grow in the industry. Each day I am at ANS, I’m reassured I have made the right decision. Manchester is now my home and my colleagues are no longer strangers.

I’m now 6 months into the role and already feel like I’m making good progress. I’ve been lucky to have secured a career at an organisation that provides everyone with opportunities to grow, learn and develop. You’re encouraged to step out of comfort zone but feel supported along the way, in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Making the decision to join ANS and embrace change was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I hope I can inspire others. Want my advice? If you’re not happy in life, identify the areas making you unhappy and make a change. Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Do something that scares you because I guarantee that’s when you’ll feel most alive.

I just want to end this post on a brilliant quote from the legendary writer and Lecturer, Mark Twain who so poignantly writes,

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Feeling inspired and ready to embrace change? Take a look at our current vacancies here.


Posted by Daniel Cooke