On Tuesday night I walked into Vlerick’s chapel with an open mind to learn more about the Sales Club and sales as a career option. After hearing the presentations and talking to the companies, I am starting to understand what all the excitement is about.
Before attending the Sales Club Kick-Off, I wasn’t quite sure what image to have about sales. In my head I was picturing this guy in a suit who is trying to convince or trick people into buying things they actually don’t need. Kind of like selling refrigerators to Eskimos… But now I understand that sales isn’t boring and that it can be a strategic career option. Sales gives you the opportunity to experience the business first handed and it can be a great starting point for a big career.
But if I haven’t convinced you yet, here are some striking numbers and facts. In 2009, 800 billion USD was spent on sales in the United States while only around 200 billion USD was spent on marketing. More than half of the Fortune 500 companies’ CEO’s have been in sales at one time or the other in their career. On top of that, there are around 125 universities in the United States offering specific courses in sales but in Belgium sales courses at the University level are almost non-existent. And after all, if there are no sales, there’s no business.
I am convinced that sales can be an interesting career path and that this programme will prepare me for an even brighter future. So let the Sales Club meetings begin! And bring on the competition…
Rebecca Van Den Houte