Have you got what it takes to work in sales?Posted: 24th of March 2015 by
With predicted future openings of 241,000 and an anticipated average salary of £38k, the role of business development manager or account manager in sales is a pretty good career option for you if you have the gift of the gab.
Good sales people are hard to find and so you will find that you get opportunities to progress within a company if you prove yourself, and as with project managers there are opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad as part of the role.
Good sales people are able to identify opportunities for new business, understand customer needs and meet those needs and they are vital to successful business growth.
Entry into these roles will very much depend on the level of job role you begin at and the field that you work in. Some specialised sectors, like science want you to have particular qualifications and expertise.
What to study to work in sales
There are obviously no GCSES or A-levels in sales, although there are in business, so this could be a good starting place. Communication and negotiation skills are extremely important, so again, combining these with a subject that develops communication skills is recommended.
Apprenticeships in sales from within the Business, Administration and Law sector.
You could begin your sales career on an intermediate level apprenticeship as a junior sales executive and progression from here might be to an advanced apprenticeship programme, where you could work as a sales consultant or sales manager and even to a higher apprenticeship, where you could work as a business development manager.
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