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What are your interests?



Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Source: National Skills Bulletin


At its heart sales is about understanding people, what they desire and what value they put on it. People in sales need to be good with people, but the kind of interactions you will have can vary greatly. Business sales involves building ongoing relationships with counterparts in other businesses, whereas telesales will mean dealing daily with many people over the phone. It is a sector where you will face pressure from sales targets and deadlines. But for goal orientated people it will be rewarding, as your sales give you a tangible sense of your achievements.


    sales & marketing, communication, teamwork, leadership, time management, adaptability, active listening, attention to detail, negotiation, decision making, persuasion, developing relationships, initiative, independence, prioritising work,

Key Facts

of consumers value sales assistants with deep product knowledge
of 25-34 year olds shop online every week
of inside sales companies have increased headcount
of consumers shop with amazon

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There is scope for entrants at all levels in the hardware industry. Anyone who has a flair for sales, customer service and enjoys working as part of a team will suit the industry well.

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