The route by which I got into sales is pretty unusual.
I majored in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on device materials and solid state physics. I spent my summer internships working in circuit design at Cisco and Broadcom. I got the chance to work with a professor on an incredible project: designing the logic for a Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitor.
My brain is wired for engineering. And yet I was very unhappy at these jobs, toiling away at my computer by myself. I briefly considered going to culinary school so I wouldn’t have to choose between creating things and getting to be around other people. I worked for a restaurant for three months and discovered it was an incredibly difficult industry to work in.
Then, I found sales.
Now, I get to interact with people all day and also put aspects of my engineering training to use. If there are any extrovert-engineers out there who are unhappy at their jobs, I thought I’d share my story in case it would inspire them to try their hand at sales. As it turns out, a background in engineering is very helpful for my job at Amplitude, where I sell an analytics platform to largely technical customers.