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Learning How To Sell And Learning To Love It

By Rebecca David

 

I used to cringe at the word “sales” and the very thought of sales as a career choice terrified me.  In fact, the first time I stepped onto the sales floor, even for just a trial sale during training, I felt sick to my stomach; I stuttered, laughed nervously, and couldn’t think straight.  I’m naturally shy and reserved; although I’m not afraid of people, the idea of meeting new people every day and trying to encourage them to buy a product was far beyond my comfort level.  I also wondered how or why any customer would ever trust me, a 20-year-old college intern.  Despite my reservations, I decided to give sales a shot and toss my misconceptions out the window.

How I Grew During My Summer Internship.

 

By Rebecca David

 

My summer internship caused me to grow in areas I was not even aware of.  As a college student and one of the youngest employees, I was a little overwhelmed at what to expect.  I wanted to prove to my coworkers, managers, and myself that I had what it took to succeed.  Nevertheless, I lacked real-world experience and the confidence that comes with it.  At the start of my internship, I was not unaware of my strengths and weaknesses, nor was I attentive to my surroundings.  However, through training, feedback from my team, and experiences with customers, I was able to change as a person and grow as a young business professional.

How Business Is Different From Business School

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By Rebecca David

It’s 7:30 A.M. and I’ve already hit the snooze button three times.  I wake up frantic, throw on sweatpants, brush my teeth, grab a granola bar, and bike to class.  I arrive just in time and pull out my notebook as I wait for class to begin.  My professor walks in and starts going over our presentation details for next week.  This will be the first of two presentations for the semester.  I’ll have to work in a team with students I hardly know and will end up doing more than my fair share of the work.  We’ll dress in our best business attire, make a great PowerPoint, and divide up the presentation – our professor won’t even realize we pulled an all-nighter to finish it.