NAME: Michael Taylor
DEGREE/UNIVERSITY: Physiology, University of Sheffield, 2004
OCCUPATION: Sales Co–ordinator, Corus International Projects
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR JOB?
I work as a sales co–ordinator for Corus International Projects in their international division. The company is involved in the steel trade and basically sells steel to large engineering and procurement companies. My job is to track building projects around the world, identify the key decision makers and put together a package for them.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
One of the nice things about this job is the opportunity for international travel. Since I have worked here, I have been to Iran, Hungary and Egypt. When we are abroad we meet with clients, talk about their steel needs and then return to the UK and work out how we can supply them. It isn’t a typical sales role as I am selling something that the buyer wants.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR APPLYING?
The fact that the position was an international role really caught my eye. Having been travelling before, I wanted to make sure that I was involved in an area of work where that was an integral part of the job.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF THE JOB?
The level of detail that you need to have in a job like this is quite daunting. There are so many supply options and specific terms that we have to use when buying and selling materials; it can be quite confusing.
It is not the type of job you can do from nine to five – you have to immerse yourself in your work because it is quite a complex environment.
ADVICE FOR READERS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN YOUR FIELD?
There are plenty of opportunities in the export field and sales is just one of them. Investigate all the options.