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If you know what sector or industry you want to work in, then pursuing a relevant degree will give you excellent subject and product knowledge. For most inside sales roles, there is a lot of training offered but a degree will show research skills and time management abilities as well as subject knowledge and if you can focus on communication skills and sales or marketing then you will give yourself a distinct advantage.
A high school diploma or previous sales experience may be beneficial for inside sales representatives in nontechnical positions. However, a bachelor's degree is a must for the positions where there is an involvement of scientific or technical products. Scientific and technical products include pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, and industrial equipment.
Communication skills are absolutely essential and form the cornerstone of success in sales. Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of a hard-sell, but if you give up at the first hurdle, you might not make any sales at all. Being able to judge the tone of the person you are speaking to and react appropriately are some of the most important skills for an inside sales representative.
All the degrees in the world can't make you a good inside sales representative if you haven't got the people skills you need and one of the best ways to get that is through experience. This doesn't have to be in a high-pressure sales environment—it can be as simple as selling Girl Scout cookies door-to-door—but results really count so think about how you can demonstrate your expertise in this area.