Career Change from Retail

T-Mobile sIKt17
Oct 19 19 Comments

Guidance appreciated! Been in retail all my life, currently a Sales Manager at a T-Mobile location, about to graduate with a MBA with a specialization in Project Management. Desperately looking for a jump to another field, problem is I make real good money as a store manager, 6 figures. Has anyine here been able to transition and ramp up to that kind of salary/pay quickly?!

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    • Sprint / Sales
      dlOc30

      Sprint Sales

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      AT&T
      BIO
      Account Executive in NYC
      dlOc30more
      You don’t have to be such an arrogant prick. He is simply asking a question.
      Oct 21
    • T-Mobile OneT
      He is probably 'new' because he is arrogant
      Oct 21
    • Cisco spjI60
      For those of us that have done ok in the tech world, let's be polite to those trying to enter it. Or not answer at all.
      Oct 21
    • New / Sales ttiger16
      Looks like Jim has had too much Whiskey.
      Oct 21
    • Charter dwayneWayn
      Jim. 😞
      Oct 21
  • Verizon / Sales
    magerges

    Verizon Sales

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    T-Mobile, Sprint, Panera Bread, Bloomin'​ Brands, Mazda Motor
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    Solutions Specialist at Verizon. Have sold cars and phones with a large background in hospitality.
    magergesmore
    Are you an assistant or general manager? Looking forward to flourishing my career at Verizon and want to know what kind of numbers to expect. Thanks!
    Oct 21 1
    • Sprint / Sales
      dlOc30

      Sprint Sales

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      Account Executive in NYC
      dlOc30more
      Hi AE is an Account Executive. It’s b2b sales not retail. Enterprise AE sells into very large accounts and is geared toward strategic sales. I hope that helps, good luck!
      Oct 22
  • New / Sales
    jperki5

    New Sales

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    My history is primarily consulting and eventually sales management.
    jperki5more
    One option you have is to transition to an enterprise sales role. Some roles (not all) will be more project-based as you help companies through the discovery, sales, purchasing, implementation and account management life cycles. Having been a cell-phone store manager in my past career, I can tell you this route can dramatically increase your pay from T-Mobile.
    Oct 21 1
    • T-Mobile sIKt17
      OP
      Thanks for the advice. I have been thinking of getting into that kind of role lately. I will definitely pursue it!
      Oct 21
  • New / Sales LadyCloser
    Internal transfers are a great way to break into a good role. Look at corporate roles at T-Mobile for Program or Product Management on the retail side and you should be a stand-out candidate. You should also look at well funded and emerging technologies like cloud, virtualization, iOT, and VR at T-Mobile which could be a really fun next step for your career. Best of luck!
    Oct 21 1
    • T-Mobile sIKt17
      OP
      Thanks so much for the input! Truly appreciate the advice!
      Oct 21
  • Sprint / Sales
    dlOc30

    Sprint Sales

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    AT&T
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    Account Executive in NYC
    dlOc30more
    Hi I’m an AE at Sprint. Enterprise reps usually have a 100k base and 100k at risk. I would assume the same for T-Mobile. An AE position is a great way to build a valuable book of business and connections that last a lifetime
    Oct 21 1
    • Verizon / Sales
      magerges

      Verizon Sales

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      T-Mobile, Sprint, Panera Bread, Bloomin'​ Brands, Mazda Motor
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      Solutions Specialist at Verizon. Have sold cars and phones with a large background in hospitality.
      magergesmore
      Could you tell me what AE stands for please? As a Verizon rep this is super interesting
      Oct 21
  • Verizon
    LogicCrtr

    Verizon

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    Nothing I could type or not type would or wouldn’t tel someone who I was or wasn’t.
    LogicCrtrmore
    Keeping in the same company may help keep your compensation up with the drastic change.
    Going outside it will depend on how much you can convince someone your years as a sales manager experience can apply to project or product management.
    Oct 21 0
  • Cisco spjI60
    One thing: you probably will want to transition to product management over time.
    Oct 21 0
  • Cisco / Eng
    DennisNdry

    Cisco Eng

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    hoe
    DennisNdrymore
    TC or GTFO!
    Oct 21 0
  • Cisco aGsc30
    6 figures is a wide range. If you are making 100k though in a low COL area, it's decent. How much scope for growth do you guys have?

    Also yeah as we say here "TC or GTFO."
    Oct 21 1
    • T-Mobile sIKt17
      OP
      It’s definitely decent. TC is 110K. Live in Nevada so COL is not bad. Growth is limited in the retail scope just based on geography alone. I’m aware that to move into a different position, I will most likely need to move.
      Oct 22
  • Cisco spjI60
    Never did project management but worked with lots of them. My guess unless you have an MBA from some stellar university, the first job may need to be at some startup that will take you. Probably crazy hours and crazy founders etc. But if you survive, you can go somewhere better next job. Probably will pay less than 100k I think. But you will jump back over 100k next job.
    Oct 21 0

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