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The Sales and Retail Industry employs a large amount of people in the UK.

Sales jobs can be found across many different industries including insurance, finance, manufacturing, retail, agricultural, pharmaceuticals and many more. You could be selling loans, credit cards, houses, cars, insurance, industrial equipment, lawn mowers to name a few.

Selling can be split into the following categories:

  • Retail - Sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities
  • Telesales - A service that sells products or services directly to customers by telephone.
  • Business to Business - Sales made between two businesses such as a manufacturer and a wholesaler or wholesaler and a retailer.
  • Export Sales - Selling goods and services that are to be shipped out of the country

A sales career can offer high rewards but can be very challenging, often working under pressure to meet targets. It is also very competitive, many companies will offer a basic salary plus commission which could be based on meeting the set targets.

If you are confident, optimistic, you have empathy with others, you love speaking to people and you want an exciting, dynamic career with the potential for high earnings, a career in sales could be for you.

Have a look at the different sectors below to see what options are out there for you.

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Get into retails with Marks & Spencer
Location:
Norwich City Centre
This Retail opportunity is for young people aged 16-25, Not in Education, Employment or Training (or working fewer than 16 hours a week) and interested in getting into work:
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Global Commodity Trading Apprenticeship - Trafigura
Closing Date:
31st May 2019
Location:
Global
If you have decided not to go to university, you are excited by a career in commodity trading and you are happy to work anywhere in the world, we believe we can offer you an unparalleled opportunity.
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(Board Game) Warehouse Apprentice - Norwich
Salary:
£4.00/h starting wage, increasing with experience.
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Zatu Games is a young, up-and-coming online retailer ready to change the game when it comes to employment. Our mission is to sell top quality board games, collectables and merchandise at great prices, whilst spreading the word that board games are the future!
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Warhammer Retail Sales Assistant - Norwich
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Do you want to be part of a small dedicated team that is responsible for growing sales in a Games Workshop or Warhammer retail store? Are you excited by engaging constantly with customers, understanding what’s important to them and responding appropriately?
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Career Pathways
Making decisions about your future can be daunting. With so many options and so much information, the process of choosing your next move can be more than a little confusing. Perhaps you’d like to study a vocational course at college. Maybe you’d like to find o...
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Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprentice : Pets at Home Ltd
Closing Date:
19th March 2019
Salary:
£144.30 p/w
Location:
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
You will work alongside the Salon team to provide a high standard of pet care and customer service. Following Pets at Home’s in house training program you will develop the skills to groom a variety of breeds. You will start with preparing dogs for their groom;...
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