Charles Cartland, Sales Director, Salestarget.co.uk
In the current economic climate, it’s interesting to think how education impacts on an individuals’ success and if vocational subjects would be of more use in the long term.
Subjects like sales, could help to provide a career with exciting prospects and opportunities, but it begs the question of how many young people would see the benefit of these subjects and if it would lead to them engaging in these subjects more than traditional academic topics.
The important role sales has to play in driving economic growth has never been as pivotal as it is now; so we asked should “sales” be taught in schools?
Our recent LinkedIn survey showed that from a pool of 550 sales professionals, 74% would have taken sales as a subject at school if it were available. 65% of those who said yes were aged between 18-36, with those over 36 being less interested in the possibility of learning sales at school.
The feeling from these professionals was strong and some of the comments we received were interesting, pointing out that sales is a skill used in everyday life as well as a career option.
Comments included –
“Sales is a lot more than selling a product. It provides the tools to effectively communicate your thoughts and ideas to another person. Sales is definitely one of the most important life skills and should be taught at home and in schools.”
“The subject comes into everyone's life at some point - Getting a job, selling your house, selling the idea why your partner should take the rubbish out while you watch the football... on a serious note it’s a great question and I think it’s very important to allow people at a younger age to learn how to sell themselves at important occasions.”
“I would make it compulsory now for 'Sales' to be taught at school. As alluded to by a number of other commentators, it would give young people plenty of skills that are applicable in the real world even if they don't choose sales as a career.”
The underlying feeling from the research was that younger generations would have taken Sales as a subject at school had it been available. With selling being a skill that takes time to perfect and that is used on a daily basis, it seems that it would be beneficial as an academic subject.