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Whats your academic background? And why did you pivot to sales? I'll go first..

One of the coolest things I found when I switched industry and career was the diverse academic background that people had on the sales team.


I come from an engineering background. I completed a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and began working for one of the biggest Engineering contractors in Ireland. I couldn't handle more than 2 or 3 months in that boring environment of filling out paperwork all day 📋 


So after a lot of research I decided to make a switch to the Tech Industry, and specifically the Sales side of things. I joined a reputable tech company as a BDR and haven't looked back. Now I'm making more 💰💰 than I would be as an engineer with more experience.


But back to my point, I found a lot of people on the sales team came from some very interesting backgrounds; one of my colleagues was an Aviation Lawyer, another was a Chartered Accountant at KPMG, another was a journalist etc... the list goes on.


So whats your background?

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sales4lyf
Politicker
+5
Business Development Manager
I studied Drama at uni, went into sales because money first and foremost and I can definitely utilise some of the drama skills (laughing at a client's bad joke to get the sale) 
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Hahah I can definitely relate to that one
paddy
WR Officer
+10
Account Executive
I was a history major at UCLA. I wanted to go to law school because believe it or not I was actually a good student until I fell in love...the first time I laid my lips on her was a lustful experience. She filled me with an unmatched sense of pleasure and serenity. Her name was Kahlua, and from then on I knew sales was my calling.
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Hahaha brilliant
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Business. I doubled in Marketing and Management. I'm am obviously not in Marketing, nor am I a manager 😏
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Lool one day
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Film and Media degree but I've always talked good so ended up in sales and grew to love the grind
paddy
WR Officer
+10
Account Executive
This makes complete sense. If you understand acting, you can sell.
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Amen Paddy. I always treat the mock calls in training like acting🤝
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
It's all about being able to talk well 😂
SlideDecksAreUseless
Fire Starter
+2
AE
Communications and Equine Management. I thought I was going to sell thoroughbred race horses (bloodstock agent). The racing industry is so corrupted and old school I got into sports sales after graduating and then eventually into startup scene - which I will never leave 
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
That is the first time i've heard of a bloodstock agent! 🐎
Maximum
Good Citizen
AE
College dropout 
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Probably making more money than most folks that went to college. And no student debt...
Maximum
Good Citizen
AE
From Europe so education is free. I like sales because all I ever was good at was talking. Maybe I’ll persue a higher education later in life 😌
Austin
Celebrated Contributor
+6
Founder - ** ***
I was kicked out of high school at 16. Earned my diploma at an ‘alternative’ school & graduated a year early. I partied for a couple of years afterward and got into some legal trouble. Then I went to work - literally sweeping graphite off the floors of a PDC Drill Bit manufacturer. I raised my hand every time there was an opportunity - and was rewarded for it with more responsibility every time - with the aim of getting off the shop floor & up into the conference room… with the sales guys… clean, air conditioned, eating breakfast & back slapping over story’s of how they all got too drunk last night. I made that my sole professional purpose, taking steps towards that role little by slowly. You can likely deduce “why sales” from the story above… but when asked the question I always reply: “Because I can’t sing or dance.”
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
A real 0 to hero story. Props to you man
Sgt_Trollingham
Valued Contributor
+5
Business Development Director
Studied English and Sociology as a double major on a basketball scholarship... knee blew out and went on to teaching for a year. During that time I met a few people in sales, and they said it would be a good fit for me. Haven't looked back since! Went from a B2C environment that was very transactional and fickle. Now I'm managing my own team for a B2B technology leader. Love sales and will never look back. Only thing I could see is starting my own company or investing early as a CRO.

GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
MSc. Kinesiology
M Sc. Management
Grimhelm
Politicker
+5
BDR
Theatre and Performance studies Degree here. Now a BDR, Got in right after college because money. Turns out being able to match tone and mood with people puts them a little at ease for selling to.
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Its all about them transferable skills 🙌 
Ho
Hoss
Contributor
+1
Channel Sales Executive
I was fortunate to land a nice telecom sales role freshman year of college. After that I kind of took it and ran, never actually finishing school. I have a mortgage license though if that counts as schooling lol
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Human Resources - realized I could do that and make pennies for a decade and then live well or do sales and live well within a year. Ez decision
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Absolutely, I made double what I was making as an engineer in my first sales role as a BDR
Beans
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
BA Psychology, switched to economics mid-way through the program. 
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
All power to you!
Justatitle
Politicker
+8
Senior AE
Civil Engineering for 3 1/2 years undergrad.
Majored more in partying instead 
Hated engineering transferred got my math degree 1.5 years later
Worked for a construction company out of college, hated it
Became a BDR and the rest is history
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Another engineer in the house 📐
Very similar to my story, I actually enjoyed studying engineering but the construction industry sure as well will kill all that passion.
ThatDudeFrio
Contributor
+1
Business Development Representative
Studied Finance. Found corporate finance to be a lull & the most highly touted jobs in IB etc. seemed to make those financial employees miserable and at the end of the day, they really didn’t make much considering their hours. I loved the upside of sales in that you dictate what you make with effort/success put in, more control of calendar, and its competitive as hell. Reminds me of all the sports played growing up.
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Corporate finance will suck the life out of someone
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Journalism. Had an offer to go work for a PR agency where I interned. Started chatting with salespeople from a tech company at a career fair and they sold me on sales. Their pitch: if you enjoy public speaking, can write coherently, and like asking questions you can make a lot more money in sales than in PR. They were right!
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Sales people doing what sales people do. Selling ideas!
Patbate
Politicker
+6
Senior Product Advisor
I was an aircraft mechanic first then got a degree in Business admin. Got into sales because I always wanted do something in business and sales seemed the easiest point of entry….now here we are. I enjoy it!
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
An aircraft mechanic? That must have been mental.

Patbate
Politicker
+6
Senior Product Advisor
Great career and I’d encourage it for anyone who likes that stuff. I did it for 6 years but it’s just not me dawg. This is where I belong.
FatVeinyTip
Arsonist
+6
Account Exec
Business Economics, the only reason i passed is because i knew all the smart people

Turns out knowing the right people is a great trait to have in sales
Ho
Hoss
Contributor
+1
Channel Sales Executive
Sick username lol 
NorthernSalesGuru
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
I have a useless Bachelor of Arts… But tons of real work experience and industry/sales related education
Sgt_Trollingham
Valued Contributor
+5
Business Development Director
Please tell me your B.A. degree means you can make vague references to novels you haven't read and philosophers you don't really understand? Isn't that what a liberal arts degree is really for? 
TheRealPezDog
Notable Contributor
+8
Account Manager
I got a degree in Marketing and bounced back and forth from inside sales jobs to working as a retail manager, got back into sales and stuck it out, built a solid bob, and after 3.5 years I’m crushing it, best financial decision I ever made, and getting out of retail was also a bullet dodged!
Al_the_Shark
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
I worked a retail job while finishing up my masters. I know your pain.
Hambalang
Politicker
+4
Enterprise SDR
Philosophy major here. Took up sales when I realized no one would pay me to wear a toga and accost strangers.
CynicalOpportunist
Account Director
Went to undergrad for Electrical Engineering but jumped into online poker 2 years in.  Played for 15 years mostly making between 80–120K each year, my highest was 180.

Got burnt on it, then we had a kid so I took an AE role in the MarTech space selling lead gen, display, etc. I quickly realized it’s so much easier to make money in B2B sales.  About to take a role for 157K base and 50% of that in commission if I hit target 
cw95
Politicker
+6
Pricing Executive
Geography as my Undergrad then a Masters in Environmental Management as I wanted to get into Energy - an industry where you need 10 years of experience straight out of primary school so that never happened. Pivoted to sales as the majority of people I knew were in it and well, I needed a job. Worked it's way out though! 
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