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I know that there is another similarly related thread out there, but I figured the circumstances were a little different. I graduated from college a few years ago and have since been working in several positions as a sales person. I have been working with a consulting/IT firm for the past 6 months, and I have come to the conclusion that this is really not where I want to be. I was thinking about making a career change to an environment that was more team oriented. Any suggestions on what to look into? I realize that there will be tradeoffs in the process, so I am looking to see what options I have. Post up if you have any helpful suggestions. Thanks!
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What kind of skills do you have? Pay range? Team oriented can be a lot of jobs.
I am pretty well rounded from a skills perspective. I am no IT guru or anything, but I would consider myself very computer literate. I have experience working in b2c and b2b markets (both small and large business). I have some leadership experience in leading/coaching a team. I paid my way through college working in a manufacturing/distribution environment, so I also feel that I have some experience/insight into how to bring value in those areas.

In terms of pay, I was thinking about making something around $50-60K. I realize that with a career change, this has the potential to dip a little initially for the first year or so. One difficulty I am experiencing is being able to walk away from the money that you can make in sales. I am comfortable making less money, as long as there are other forms of compensation.

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There is no team in sales. It's every man for himself.
Dont I know it! As a whole, I was looking to get into something outside of sales. I have been successful, but ultimately not happy. To make matters worse, the economy has been forcing companies to scale back purchasing...and ultimately hiring. I was giving it some thought and now might be a good time to make the switch and get locked in somewhere before things get too much worse.
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Even when you're not in sales, many companies are a "team" while people will stab you in the back to get the raise. You just need to find a good place to work for, but it's not easy being cheesy.
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