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Career in sales other than AE --> Manager --> Director --> VP

Hey ya'll - I am curious has anyone in here gone from an AE to sales management role and then took a different path?


I.e. sales enablement, ops, product, etc?


I moved from AE to Sales manager and enjoy managing teams and people but am not sure I want to stay the strictly sales route.


Would appreciate it if you could share your journey and how you decided what direction to go.

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poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
BDR->AE->AM->Ops Manager->AE->Director Sales->Director Sales & Ops. I find that the ops side of my job keeps my brain in constant sprint, which makes the sales management and strategy side move even faster as well.
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breakfasttaco
Senior Enterprise AE
What was your thinking as you went AE->AM->Ops Manager->AE?

(You hit on exactly the side of sales that appeals to me).
poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Well, I joined a company as their first ops person, and they were absolutely not prepared...and I was not ready to stop making commission yet. Decided to take my talent back to the phones, and luckily I stayed within the same company with that move.
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SaaSguy
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Account Executive
If you miss working deals but don't want the AE stress, look into SE roles.ย 
TheRealPezDog
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Account Manager
AM-> Higher Earning AM -> Even HIGHER earning AM -> Highest Earning AM in Company History->Retire young->Become a scratch golfer.ย  (Just my chosen path)ย 
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