Do you feel trapped in sales?

I'm about to start as an SDR and I keep seeing people talking about how they are trapped in sales and they don't know what to do. Do a lot of people feel this way or a loud minority?

Do you feel trapped?

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braintank
Politicker
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Enterprise Account Executive
Man I hate earning a six figure salary while managing my own schedule
new
Valued Contributor
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Student
Hahahah
CPTAmerica
Opinionated
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President/CRO
Define trapped. I know tons of folks that have transitioned out of sales. Marketing and customer success are the most common transition roles but really anything is possible. Sales is not highly specialized like becoming a teacher, engineer or a doctor so not sure how theyโ€™re trapped. Iโ€™d guess they got used to big commission checks and they know they canโ€™t make that in those other roles ๐Ÿ˜
new
Valued Contributor
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Student
I would define trapped as making it hard to transition out of a sales role
CPTAmerica
Opinionated
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President/CRO
Cool, then itโ€™s a firm no
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
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You're never trapped, but you can become complacent. Don't do that.
Filth
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Live Filthy or Die Clean
Aren't all jobs a trap?
Sunbunny31
Politicker
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Sr Sales Executive ๐Ÿฐ
Trapped? As in, can't find a comparable salary with another role and remote, with a flexible schedule? Yeah, then I'm trapped.

I mean, seriously. Anything else would be 1/3 the money and 3X the aggravation.
HVACexpert
Politicker
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sales engineer
I mean sometimes sales can grind my gears lol, but Iโ€™d choose this still over plenty of other roles.
Sunbunny31
Politicker
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Sr Sales Executive ๐Ÿฐ
You're not human if you can't find something to complain about even when you've got the best situation possible.
oldcloser
Arsonist
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Wouldn't think of being trapped anywhere else.
Space_Ghost20
Opinionated
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Account Executive
I don't know about trapped, but I definitely don't think I could see myself doing anything else. A buddy of mine keeps telling me how much he loves working in cybersecurity, and that he thinks I'd do great in the field as well. But the idea just doesn't sit right with me. When I first left financial services (banking and insurance) I worked a technical support job in data management, I didn't enjoy any of it.

I don't think I'm smart/talented enough to go into the trades or blue collar type of work. Any home projects I do are pretty low key and only after watching a million YouTube videos, so I don't think I'd work out in that type of field as a career. I could see myself running a cigar shop or lounge, but with the regulations and taxes involved, it's probably a bigger headache than I'd want.

Anyway, I just think I like sales and that's why I stay.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
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Sales Rep
Yes I see it as a battle to change my role drastically, but its hard to do that no matter if I am in a Finance/Marketing or any other role
SaaSyBee
Politicker
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Founder
Yes because it's hard to make this money anywhere else
gaurav
Valued Contributor
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Director Digital Experience
Wow! 53% yes...

Why?
ElChupacabra
Opinionated
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Founder
It doesnโ€™t matter where you end up - the skills you learn in sales will help make you successful in any career path. Youโ€™re never trapped - even if you donโ€™t like it after 2 years you can pivot to another path with a great skill set. Enjoy the ride!
Modro
Valued Contributor
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Senior Account Executive
Not finding a comparable salary somewhere else is the main issue..
Maximas
Tycoon
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Senior Sales Executive
Not at all,just love it!
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Head Of Sales
I loved and still love every single moment in sales :)
Donโ€™t know how you can feel trapped
Joel23
Good Citizen
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Community Manager
Know the feeling
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Does anyone else feel trapped in sales?

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Members only

Does it feel like a cult

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Is it a cult?
52% Uh, yes
24% Calm down
24% Have you heard the good news?
117 people voted
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I really feel bad for care sales folks

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