Sales is a fast-paced career - are you up for the challenge? The Center for Sales and Sales Management at UW-Eau Claire prepares you to be a successful sales professional or sales manager.
Our faculty help you develop your analytic and communication skills as well as your knowledge of marketing and sales. They've been there - they've experienced sales presentations, being told no and closing big deals. Their real-world sales experience and proven records of success give you valuable insight into the potential of your sales career.
In addition to course work and practical applications of skills in real-world situations, you'll also have the opportunity to work on community service projects, gain an internship, compete in sales competitions and participate in student organizations with a sales and marketing focus such as Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE), American Marketing Association (AMA) and Collegiate DECA.
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UW-Eau Claire Center for Sales and Sales Management one of the Top University Sales Programs
(Source: Sales Education Foundation)
Major in professional selling
To focus your education on sales, the professional sales emphasis can be added to your marketing major. You'll develop your oral persuasion, proposal preparation, negotiating, relationship management and sales force management skills, giving you a great advantage in the sales world.
Details of the major can be found in the Department of Management and Marketing.
Hit the ground running with a Sales certificate
Because UW-Eau Claire is a member of the University Sales Center Alliance (USCA), UW-Eau Claire students can participate in the USCA Certified Sales Student certificate program. You'll need to take extra course work and participate in additional sales activities, but your hard work will pay off when you hit the ground running in a career in sales.
Land a sales internship
As part of a professional selling major, or as part of any program in the College of Business, internships are extremely valuable, and sometimes required. Internships shouldn't be taken for granted or expected either. There are requirements for eligibility, reinforcing the value of the internship. Many times, it's your responsibility to find an internship, but the faculty and staff are here to help! The Blugold Career Link is a great place to start looking.
You can also do an internship and get course credit for it. These are paid internships over the summer months, and are usually full time.
Join a winning sales team
Check out these sales competitions where Blugolds have a track record of taking home the trophy!
Applying sales experience
Students in the Advanced Professional Sales class satisfy the university's service-learning graduation requirement by using their sales skills to raise money for a local non-profit. In 2016, for example, students raised $69,183 in golf sponsorship's and prize donations for the annual L.E. Phillips Career Development Center golf outing.