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The Wall Street Journal is catching on...

Anyone else see this on LinkedIn today? I wonder if we'll see over the next few years more sales majors at colleges and interest in the field generally. As of now, the career feels like a cheat code to 6 figures without having to go through the elite schools or super expensive graduate programs. I hope it stays that way...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-pay-is-high-and-jobs-are-plentiful-but-few-want-to-go-into-sales-11626255001?st=n7i1g29ks56hc5q&reflink=article_copyURL_share
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CoorsKing
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Shiiiit I had a degree in Marketing and I turned out all right. I don’t think a β€œsales major” will ever really catch on in college, tbh I’m not 100% sure college degrees will be required in the future.Β 
RealEstateVeep
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My alma mater (TCU) has a sales focus track in business school which seems very expensive to become a salesperson lol. I entered this track on accident.
CaneWolf
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My alma mater does as well. It helped me end up in sales so I'm not complaining.
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funcoupons
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A sales major at college is just a new way colleges can suck money out of student's pockets. Degrees are becoming more worthless every year... A BA is the new high school diploma.

People have succeeded in sales without a college education for a century already, so I'm doubtful this will catch on as much as colleges would love for it to...

That said, I wish high schools would include sales in discussions about potential career paths with students. It's always "go to college" with little mention of sales, trades school, entrepreneurship, or spending a few trying out a few jobs to get life experience and not have to decide your life trajectory at 18 years old.Β 
Oboy77
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Bingo! (Insert Randy Quaid GIF)
RealEstateVeep
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Like most degrees, a sales degree is useless. We can absolutely have sales programs after HS where you spend a couple of years doing some shit work for low pay (huh, almost like a BDR) and you can learn the ropes.
LordOfWar
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I find the best salespeople come from other areas in the industry such as end-users, engineers or buyers and are good at their core competency in addition to being personable. I don't know anyone who chose sales as a career from school but lots are in it now for better or worse.

I don't sell a product, I find solutions for potential partners that help them be better and grow.Β Sales is such a dirty word and has been for so long. I'd almost support calling us something like "solution engineer" if it wasn't so cheezy.
funcoupons
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I sell a product, but it's a product that helps businesses and their employees. I'm not ashamed to say that. Sales is only a dirty word if you're selling a shitty product or using dishonest tactics.Β 
LordOfWar
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The crappy telemarketers, door knockers and account chasers did in the sales word ages ago. Hell, even as a kid I remember not wanting to go into business and do something meaningful with my life, oh what a silly fool I was.
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MontBlanc
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They’ve kinda done that with Account Executive and Business Development Manager.

Just don’t say sales!! πŸ˜–
LordOfWar
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Unless your VP Sales or something higher, but yea the salesperson title is kind of dead.

I am partial to it though as it is at least honest.
paddy
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This is a horrible idea. Soon enough you'll have to obtain a professional sales license or some other bullshit in order to be a qualified sales rep.
Incognito
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You mean like my professional broker license which I have to do CE credits for to maintain
paddy
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And you think that should be incorporated for the rest of people in sales? Like selling software, for instance?
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Oboy77
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I feel like the car sales, door-to-door sales omen, is going away, especially with many lucrative sales jobs out there right now and more to come with the Tech Companies getting funding for expansion.

The ability for companies to tap into other markets now with remote workers is only going to help increase the positive outlook on sales.

This is a topic I think the can be discussed for days.Β 

What do you think?
SaaSguy
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It's definitely something to keep an eye on. I think sales is unique in that it ends up attracting people from a fairly diverse background career/education wise. It will be interesting to see if in a decade a "sales" degree is a requirement companies will have.
CaneWolf
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I didn't see this, good spot. There is a version of this article put out by a major outlet every so often. The story doesn't change. Also, the most surprising part of this is "The Wall Street Journal is catching on."
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RedLightning
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There are two people I work with ~25 years old with sales minors/certificates from college.Β 
MontBlanc
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So it has begun... what colleges?
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RedLightning
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Baylor and University of Washington I thinkΒ 
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plssircanigetanotherpo
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Sales is all about learning from experience and by being in the trenches. I don't mind having a few college courses on sales, like electives, but as a major? Hell no to the power infinity.Β 

Imagine "studying" sales for 4 years without getting any commission checks and worse, you're supposed to be paying them? Definitely not a sentiment I can co-sign.Β 
MontBlanc
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The good thing is that sales is too real and too important for a college major to really have any sway in hiring #cantfakeclosedrevenue, everyone will still have to pay dues as a BDR and go from there, I guess it wouldn't hurt in getting an entry-level job but it'd probably be better just to get a food service or retail job instead of spending 4 years and $100k.
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