Got an IT Background? Check Out the Software Sales Job Market
Steve Bishop | ArticleBase
Graduates with an interest in information technology, creative endeavors, and the future of the IT market should consider working in software development. Software companies need eager and creative minds in their ranks to help develop and sell their new software lines. As well, software development is a field that has seen steady growth over the last decade which seems to be continuing over the next few years instead of declining. All in all, software positions are great ways for IT graduates to get their careers started.
The Lesser Known Profession in IT
While many graduates with IT backgrounds are familiar with software development positions, few are aware of the software sales profession. Software sales people are the front line of the software development field, as they deal with individual customers and corporate clients. These sales people help consumers find the best software solutions for their office, entertainment, or educational needs. As well, they ensure that the customer is satisfied from purchase through delivery.
Develop a Specialization
IT graduates just discovering the software sales job market should consider these jobs for a number of reasons. The highly competitive job market for software development professionals means that even the most talented IT graduates may not be able to find their way to their ideal job. The reason why most inexperienced professionals cannot find software development positions is their lack of industry experience. Graduates who take software sales positions while maintaining their knowledge of the IT field can gain the experience they need to land their dream job down the road.
Learn the Business of Software
The exposure that software sales people have to technology means that IT graduates can gain invaluable knowledge about a company’s software while earning a paycheck. As development and design positions open within the company, IT graduates who are interested in moving on can use their experiences as a sales person to land the elusive job. The combination of academic knowledge and sales experience within the company means a great job for the right candidate.
Many graduates may be surprised that they want to stick with software sales as a career option as they get acclimated to the position. Graduates with a natural ability to communicate with non-IT people can sell more software and make lasting connections. As well, the commissions and wages made from software sales are good enough to pay the bills and build a nest egg. For the right professional, the discovery of the software sales field can turn from a curiosity into a career choice.
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Steve Bishop is the Managing Partner of Damia Group, a specialist IT recruitment agency based in Guildford, UK. The company specialise in IT sales jobs and IT recruitment in Europe.