How would you like a job right now with enough free time that would make you feel like your own boss? Or, how would you like a career that let's you learn something new every day?
If any of these sound good, then a career in sales may be for you.
To many recent college grads, a career in sales may seem like the dreadful career path of last resort. A recent look at posts on the "Career Planning for College Students" message board shows:
- "I've been looking up jobs on Web sites and in local newspapers. I have had very little response, and the responses I do get are for sales jobs, which I am not interested in."
- "I have a BSBA in marketing, and for some reason people think that the only thing you can do with a marketing degree is sales...not for me."
A strong sales person or team is the propulsion behind any successful business venture. Whether you’re a financial executive, an automotive dealer, or a retail clerk, if you want to be successful you must have the ability to sell yourself, your company and its products.
One day you may be on the Internet researching prospective clients and, along the way, learning a great deal about a company and, perhaps, a new industry. The next few days may be spent calling these prospective clients and then an entire week may be in face-to-face sales calls.
On other days, you are writing up sales-call reports and preparing proposals for clients. Some sales positions allow you to work out of your home office, others require traveling, and still others will allow you to do both.
If you've never pictured yourself in sales, then you may be making a mistake.
Education & Employment
Sales is all about understanding a product (or service or cause) in depth, teaching other people about it (using your written and verbal communication skills) and showing those people how they would benefit. No matter where your career may go in five, 10 or 30 years, the communication and persuasion skills developed in sales will be crucial to your success.
Many schools offer internship opportunities so you can get relevant work experience. Some schools also have on-campus facilities that serve as learning centers for students. This hands-on experience can give you an edge over the competition when looking for that first sales job. Another way to prepare for a career in sales, or to better understand its opportunities, is to join a student organization that focuses on sales.
Top Sales and Business Schools in Minneapolis
Just beginning your education search? Visit the schools below to receive free information on tuition, financial aid assistance, start dates and more!
- The Art Institutes International Minnesota
- DeVry University
- Keller Graduate School of Management
- Brown College
- Minneapolis Business College
- Minnesota School of Business
- National American University
- Rasmussen College
Accounting/Bookkeeping, Project Management
- University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
Business Administration/Mgmt.,MBA Program, Taxation (Business)