Why is a graduate sales job for me?

The world of sales is lucrative and comes with fast tracked career progression. It is a world that rewards you for what you put in and can take you to the top of the career ladder fast. So we’ve asked some of our Pareto graduates, why a career in sales? 

  • Starting salaries, bonuses and financial rewards

    Sales comes with some of the most competitive graduate salaries in the market. What other career starts you off with an average of £30K OTE in your first year?

  • No barriers to entry

    Whatever your degree, university or experience: there are no barriers stopping you from entering the world of sales. If you have the personality, potential and drive to succeed, that's all we need.

  • Sales can take you around the world

    Many of our larger multinational blue-chip organisations give their graduates exciting opportunities to travel internationally and gain exposure in some of the world’s most exciting business markets.

  • The buzz and excitement

    Sales is like a contact sport. It’s fast, it’s competitive, it’s challenging and every day is different. Nothing can quite compare to the adrenaline rush that comes from crossing the finish line, and winning that deal.

  • Progression and development

    Career progression opportunities are next to none in the graduate market, you can expect to move up and onwards in a very short space of time.

  • The rewards go beyond the salary

    Sales is tailored to those who are financially and reward-driven. Typical benefits and extras seen by many include the likes of company cars, laptops and phones, alongside company holidays and international travel, prizes and bonuses for reaching target and many more.

Where could a graduate sales career take me?

Taking your graduate career to the top

What are the graduate development opportunities open to you in the world of sales, and where could they take you?

Entry level

Most graduates will begin their sales careers in a role as a Graduate Sales ExecutiveGraduate Business Development Executive or Graduate Account Manager, working as part of a team within their organisation. Roles and responsibilities at this level will vary according to industry sector and organisation. Variety and challenges are typical of any sales role: no two days are the same.

Moving up

As a fast-faced and rapidly evolving industry, progression opportunities are frequent. Many graduates will find themselves moving up into team management or team leader positions, or perhaps progressing into field-based and client-facing roles as they accumulate more experience in their position. Taking it a step further, typical job positions may include Sales Manager and then Regional Manager, National Sales Manager or even ultimately Sales Director.

Taking it to the top, and branching out

Many of our previously placed Pareto graduates have realised the management, leadership and business skills they need to branch into other areas of some of the UK’s leading organisations. From Sales and Marketing Director through to CEO or Managing Director: research shows many of the top managers in FTSE companies come with sales background.

Want to learn more? Read some of our graduate success stories and discover for yourself where a successful career in sales could take you.


Why choose a career with Pareto?

As a graduate you’ll be inundated with sales opportunities that offer a quick-fix to earning, but none that compare to ours. We don’t offer commission-only roles that revolve around door-to-door selling, because if you’re Pareto quality, you’re capable of so much more. We provide market leading sales training for graduates who are successful in finding their perfect position with us, ensuring you have the tools you need to be the very best in your field.

As experts in the sales and recruitment industry we’re the best at recognising talent, meaning we’ll help you to identify if sales is the right path for you. We’ll equip you with the necessary skill sets with our training and development approach.

We don’t just find sales people, we find future leaders

We bring you the greatest selection of the very best opportunities across the globe, offering exclusive opportunities with a range of organisations all the way from entrepreneurial SMEs to global blue chip organisations.

What do our graduates say?

We believe that our graduate assessment and recruitment process is second-to-none. But don't just take our word for it: we asked some of our graduates to give us their insights, feedback and reviews on the Pareto Effect and their experiences being sourced, assessed and placed by us. Discover their thoughts below.


"They pride themselves on their customer service and they really do deliver on it. I would never use another recruitment agent other than Pareto."

Louis, placed 2013.


"The hints and tips Pareto gave me proved invaluable and I don't think I could of made half the impact I did without Pareto's help."

George, placed 2013.

"Pareto matched me with a role which suited my abilities and interests. The training has helped me through different stages of my career, and put me in good stead for the future."

Tom, placed 2009.


"What really impressed me about Pareto was the speed of the process and the frequency of interviews. I genuinely feel the role I have secured is a perfect fit for me."

Matthew, placed 2013.

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