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Secrets of the Sectors: Sales

Sales can be a thrilling sector to work in. Hitting targets and making deadlines, sales can offer a great deal of satisfaction. The term ‘Sales’ can mean a broad variety of subjects: from export and online sales, to customer service and IT sales.

If you’re interested in a role within this sector, it would be beneficial to consider looking towards EE, Amazon, Bloomberg, Ford UK, and Samsung, among many others, for work. A lot of smaller businesses out there also provide individuals with chances to work in this sector.

There is also the opportunity to work in combination with this sector and other sectors. For example, retail involves sales work. Additionally, even sectors such as education offer sales roles, such as education publishing.

Points to Consider

  • Your working environment will depend on the type of sales that you wish to pursue.
  • A starting salary of £20,000 – £30,000 can be expected.
  • Generous commission can be earned.
  • There is a strong reliance on developing customer relationships.
  • You can expect to be judged by your results – your ability to reach targets and do what you say you will do.

Where should I study?

With this sector, there are various personality attributes that may be seen as more appealing to employers than a degree. For example time keeping skills, customer service skills, good presentation, networking abilities, and communication skills are among some of the traits that employers in this sector are likely to look for. In addition to this, some companies offer graduate schemes.

However, if you do want to study a degree related to this sector, consider the following universities:

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • University of Southampton
  • London School of Planning and Management
  • University of Bath
  • University of Leeds

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