Updated: Aug 30, 2022
This month I caught up for a coffee with the energetic and determined Alexis Weekes. I first became aware of Alexis about a year ago when I was doing a piece of work with a connection of hers, and her name kept coming up as someone who was very driven and had curated a successful career. When she reached out to me explaining she was at a crossroads, I was excited to work with her and help her identify what was truly important to her and help coach her through the decision on her next career step. When I recently caught up with Alexis in her new role, she had the look of someone who is in the ‘right’ place. I was thrilled she was willing to share her journey with #chatty and explain ‘How I Got Here’. Enjoy!
What is your current role and how does it fulfil you?
I am currently working as the General Manager – M365 @ Datacom. I run a team of over 16 engineers across Australia, supporting over 30 customers with various sized M365 deployments.
I love this job – the pace of change, the growth of the technology and business area and the challenges associated with all of that are all what make getting up in the morning worthwhile.
What career decisions and experience led you to where you are today?
I started my career as a Wintel / Storage / Virtualisation Engineer 20+ yrs ago and have been able to travel the world while working. I started to move into management when I worked at Datacom the first time in 2016 running various teams in different technology stacks.
After that I moved over to Thryv running the infrastructure DevOps team supporting a large AWS (Amazon Web Services) environment with the end user being computing stack (laptops, M365) and vendor management. This role was everything I had been working towards on paper, but I was really restless and was unsure as to why.
I was lucky enough to speak to Lisa and work through what triggered my passion and at simultaneously, my current job role became available. It ticked all the boxes for me that I had identified through coaching, and I moved over and haven’t looked back!
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to end up where you have?
Plan for it better 😉 How?
Find out what it is that excites you about work – and for me that was really surprising! I ended up going left when I thought my career trajectory was taking me right and it has been the best decision for me personally.