What does it take to become a sales and marketing director?

Hi, so I hope to become a sales and marketing director 1 day and wanted to ask what it takes to become 1.
The gcses required/grades?
The a level subjects to take and grades?
Best university courses to become a sales and marketing director?
And the best universities for this.
Many thanks
Chris.

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3 Responses to “What does it take to become a sales and marketing director?”

  1. R 99 says:

    Sales experience, plus talent for the job. Sales experience, plus talent for the job. Sales experience, plus talent for the job. Sales experience, plus talent for the job. Sales experience, plus talent for the job. Sales experience, plus talent for the job.

    Got the message yet? Too many people these days have the idea that, if they just get the right qualification, they can walk into the job they want. In many careers though, there really is no substitute for spending years working in the field and demonstrating that you have genuine aptitude for the job. In no field is this more true than in sales. Any senior manager who knows his business will choose someone who has years of experience and a proven track record over a candidate with a fistful of degrees, but no demonstrable aptitude in practice.

    What you should do is take a basic diploma course in sales and marketing, or a degree if you feel so inclined. But after that, you need to get yourself into a sales job pronto. What you need to do is put in a few years, successfully, learning on the job . Then go from there.

    There is no magic course that will get you into a senior sales or marketing role without experience, or ability.

  2. Alex says:

    Get a bachelor’s degree in a field related to marketing:Major in business, communications, advertising or finance.
    Take classes in public relations, marketing research, statistics, advertising and business. Look for courses that focus on consumer behavior.
    Get experience writing, speaking publicly and managing projects. You will also need to be creative and have good budgeting skills as well as an ability to work with others. Take advantage of any positions or work that will help you practice these skills.

    Consider a graduate degree: Having a master’s degree might give you an edge on other applicants when you apply for a marketing manager position.
    Look for a master’s program in marketing or get your Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and follow a marketing concentration

  3. Annabelle says:

    I would get a bachelors degree (if I were you) in business, with a marketing or advertising emphasis. While in college, I would work in an entry-level sales position, selling a product or service you believe in. Stay in that position as long as you can to show that you can hold down a job. Once you get to your senior year of college, as your marketing/advertising professors what it takes to become a sales and marketing director and then take their advice. But just remember that even with a degree in business marketing or advertising, you still often have to start "at the bottom" in an organization and work your way up. But a degree certainly helps.

    p.s. Strive to get the best grades that you can in your business/marketing/advertising classes (well, all your classes in college), so that you can show off your grades later, :o).

    p.p.s. I would ALSO work on your human relations skills. Believe it or not, if you don’t have a great/warm/friendly/cheerful/teamwork-oriented type of personality, employers won’t care WHAT your grades or degrees are in. And often, believe it or not, it takes years to work on our people-skills. Even if you think you are a natural.

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