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Stephen Strnad

Stephen Strnad

Conversica, LLC

Sales Development Representative

Personal Information

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School: UC Santa Barbara

Major: Economics

Years at College Works: 2010

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Conversica, LLC

Title: Sales Development Representative

Industry: Software

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Outbound calls to introduce companies to our service and source opportunities for new business. Handling the prospecting and qualification phases of the sales cycle.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Being a successful young professional.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP set a strong foundation for me by developing skills that are very relevant to the real work world. It was also highly challenging and took me far outside of my comfort zone, which gives me confidence when facing similar circumstances moving forward.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP improved my resume to help me get each of my two jobs in a tough job market since graduating college in 2012. It also gave me skills that were extremely pertinent to the work which positioned me to excel.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Staying calm and being positive are fantastic traits to possess when conducting business.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Try your best to have fun and stay positive.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Gain a comfort level for speaking with business prospects over the phone, and develop a work ethic to be able work long hours and persevere through frustration and failure. You have to gain these things through action and experience.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Sharing funny stories about each others' experiences during production.

Last words of wisdom

Have fun and stay positive.