Ever wonder how to transition roles in M&A? In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kerry Perez, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy at AMN Healthcare, will discuss her fascinating journey to M&A, during which she experienced a variety of roles. In this article, she will discuss how to transition roles in M&A.
"The company needs to help you develop, but you also need to be in charge of your career. You have to steer your own ship." - Kerry Perez
Kerry started her career at entry-level sales in AMN and spent most of her time in marketing. Due to her eagerness to get involved in special projects, she was able to take part in an integration as a marketing representative and helped integrate their marketing function. After a couple of different integration experiences, she was given an opportunity to lead an integration.
From there, AMN chose her to establish a diligence and integration management office to improve their M&A process further. During her time there, she constantly honed her strategy skills, which opened the door to her current position.
According to Kerry, she owes her career to her three-step process: observe first, try, and take a leap of faith.
While the organization's culture helps, everyone should be responsible for taking control of their career. There are three things that everyone can do to help them progress in their career:
1. Seek mentorship - Don't hesitate to find mentors and initiate the conversation. Bring them something they can help with, and start learning from them.
2. Self-educate - Read books, listen to webinars, or interview folks in the industry. Be proactive in learning, as it will help in career development.
3. Create your network - Learn to cultivate relationships with the people you meet. Don't network when you need something. Instead, be willing to help people in need to foster a more organic connection. Keep in constant communication; it could be as simple as commenting on the Linkedin post.