"How do you like the sound of a competitive salary + commission, a company car, your own laptop and a new mobile phone? Those perks certainly encouraged me to apply to one of the world's largest healthcare companies for the role of Territory Manager, when I saw the vacancy advertised on a graduate careers website.
After graduating last year, I wasn't sure where I wanted my 2:1 LLB Hons degree to take me. What I did know was that I wanted a role that was exciting, challenging and gave me real responsibility from an early stage.
The Territory Manager role has, so far, ticked all three boxes. After 4 months in the role, I am already making strong business relationships with customers on my territory, developing my communication skills with a wide range of people working within the healthcare sector. Although you have to be prepared for knock-backs (and learn not to take them personally), selling a product that you believe in provides real satisfaction and helps drive the self-motivation and determination that you need to succeed in any job in Sales (and success certainly tastes sweet!).
Working for a global company has also afforded me the opportunity to travel the world (such as training for 3 weeks in the US) and has given me the chance to further my knowledge and personal development through a variety of ongoing training programmes.
Although not having the typical office '9 to 5' can be lonely, the luxury of independence makes up for the tough times. In addition, you have the support of your team-mates across the country who are only a phone call away, and are always happy to provide advice and motivation.
If you are strong-willed, ambitious and an excellent communicator, you may have what it takes. If you want to earn good money in your 20s, and secure a valuable and exciting career with real prospects for development, then a graduate career in Medical Sales may be for you."
LAURA, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
ALICE, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
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