Transition from technology to sales? Tell me your story.
September 27, 2011 8:13 AM Subscribe
I have 15 years of experience building web applications, programming in interesting subject domains and leading programming teams. I enjoy software development, but it doesn't utilize my social skills very well and I think I have a unique blend of technical talent and communication skills. I'm looking for the next thing and I'm wondering if it might be sales in a technical field.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Part of my inclination toward sales is that the pay is formula based and it stands to reason that if you do it well you can earn more. I genuinely enjoy getting to understand what other people need and craft solutions for it. My wife used to do professional sales (covered territory with specific clients and prospects) so I'm familiar with some of the upsides as well as downsides.
I'm interested to hear from others who may have transitioned from technology roles where you build systems into sales. What did you like most about it? Least? What surprised you most, good or bad, about the transition? Would you do it again? Do you feel that your technical skills have languished? If so, does that pose a problem for you professionally or personally?
These are just some examples of thoughts I have about this. I don't have a specific industry or company in mind at this time, but that isn't to mean that I'm purposeless in the question. At this time I'm interested to hear some transition stories and lessons learned to help determine if I should get more serious about this.