Sales Work Experience Stories

"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
 


"Career  : six letters that still put a chill down my spine and I left university over two years ago. May 2008 I drove down from Newcastle with my duvet and pillows stuffed against the back window and all my files tucked behind my chair. By the end of July I had a job offer with a big publishing house doing advertising sales.  It wasn?t my DREAM job; I always wanted to be a journalist, but it WAS a job and in the summer of 2008 the recession had affected thousands of graduates struggling to get on the career ladder. No more daytime television marathons or late nights, career means getting up at a decent hour every day and spending a huge proportion of that day making money for someone else.  The body goes into shock and the mind can sink into depression, that is until you receive your first pay slip. YOU worked hard for that and that money is YOURS and you can spend it on whatever you want. Unfortunately this may mean mostly rent, but I would advise to spend a little of your first pay slip on something utterly selfish.

Advertising sales is not an easy job. In fact when I first started I thought I would last about 3 months; my own family had bets on when I would be packing up my flat in London and coming home with my tail between my legs.  Over two years later I am still an advertising executive. I have ended up loving it so much that I moved to Singapore to do the same thing but for a smaller company so that I could have a bigger impact. To me, it is one of the most stressful, frustrating jobs in the world- but the most rewarding. If you like being in a hard working atmosphere with people who enjoy having some fun then advertising sales is for you.  Not only do the rewards by far outweigh the stress, you get to have a good flirt and meet lots of great people along the way.
With a graduate career comes a sense of pride. While it may not be what you want to do for the rest of your life, it is a step up the ladder in the right direction and a great way to get nagging parents off your back. My advice for any graduate is to take your time to have a look around for a decent job that suits your capabilities; do not sell yourself short, but do not be disheartened if you are not running your own company and earning millions within the first 8 months. It is called a career ?path? for a reason so do not expect to find the gold at the end straight away?"

ALICE, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

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