What do the career path and the day-in-the-life look like for an Enablement Specialist at Onapsis?
We connected with Eric Zadorian to find out!
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Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work?
I grew up in Pembroke, which is a town on the south shore of Massachusetts. My mom has worked in the financial services industry for over thirty-five years. My dad recently retired but he spent time working in the golf and fitness industries.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?
I recently started taking classes as part of the MBA distance learning program in Colorado State University’s College of Business. As an undergrad, I attended UCONN and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Economics.
Upon graduation, I decided that working 9-5 in a cubicle was not where I wanted to be, so I decided to follow my passion for golf and began a career in the golf industry as an Assistant Golf Professional. Don’t worry, I’ve since learned that not every job out of college is 9-5 in a cubicle. I was very fortunate to work at three golf facilities in the Greater Boston area. My responsibilities included organizing member and charity golf tournaments, managing the golf merchandising operation, providing instructional lessons to members, and representing the club in local tournaments. Part of my experience included completing the PGA of America’s rigorous certification program and becoming a P.G.A. Golf Professional.
After working in the golf industry for 10 years, I decided it was time for a career change. Fortunately, I had a couple of former colleagues who had undergone a similar transition before me and they provided incredible guidance. My first role post-golf was as a Business Development Representative (BDR) position at a cloud security startup in Boston. After that, I joined Onapsis in November 2018 as a Strategic BDR and was a part of that team for 2+ years before joining the Sales Enablement team in July 2021.
What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?
First and foremost, I have had the opportunity to work with great people in my professional life who I have learned a lot from and who have supported me throughout my career. I think my work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and willingness to learn from others has led me to where I am today. In addition, I pride myself on following through on my commitments which I hope bring reliability and accountability to my role.
Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as an Enablement Specialist at Onapsis?
The Company Enablement team is a part of the broader Strategic Programs team at Onapsis. As an Enablement Specialist, my responsibilities include: strategic initiatives such as global onboarding and bootcamps for new Ona team members, implementing certification programs for our GTM teams, and helping to organize various internal and external training sessions.
Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?
I am early on in my Enablement career, and it has been a winding road to get here, but I think it is important to define end-goals for the projects that you are working on and design a plan to get there. This will provide clarity and direction towards achievement. I also think it is important to be task-oriented and have the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Both. Iced coffee year-round with iced and hot tea mixed in from time to time.
What time do you get into the office?
Around 7:30 AM. I am an early riser and like to walk to work, so I can’t blame it on the #7 bus being late.
What are three things that motivate you in your role?
- Helping others achieve their goals
- Taking part in projects that have a meaningful impact
- Working at a company that makes a difference
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
I live in Boston and like to walk to the office, unless the weather prevents me from doing so. This helps set the tone for the day. Once I arrive, I usually eat breakfast and clear my inbox. Throughout the rest of a typical day, I meet with colleagues on our current projects, attend company-wide or team-specific meetings, and then perform work tasks related to those projects. I think it is important to break up the day a bit so I like to go for a walk around the city during my lunch break.
What time do you head out of the office?
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
Shut it down completely. One thing the pandemic has taught me is the importance of work-life balance.
Any productivity hacks?
- Build short breaks into your schedule and block off your calendar for lunch
- Block off time at the end of the week to get caught up on things that got pushed back during the week
- Create a ‘To-Do’ list each night for the next day which will help you stay organized and hit the ground running in the morning
- Take notes during meetings, especially if you have several meetings each day
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
- Spotify for music and podcasts
- 98.5 The Sports Hub for Boston sports talk radio
- GHIN mobile golf for posting scores, tracking stats, and handicap updates
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
When I was in the golf industry, I was elected President of the New England PGA’s Assistants’ Association, which is a volunteer association responsible for organizing a tournament schedule and career development opportunities for members of the Association.
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
I typically reach out to my mentors and friends within my professional network who have helped me in the past. I try to identify someone who has been in a similar position before and pick their brains for advice.