After having spent a little over a year in corporate finance and not liking it at all, I am now searching for a new job and wanted to get people's opinion on finding a job in sales vs operations. Ideally I would like to be working for a small company, probably an early stage start up, and have been going back and forth between which function would be better for someone early in their career.
On one hand, sales is very important and many times represents the economic engine of most organizations. Almost all early stage companies need people who are excellent at selling. If you're good at selling, you're more likely to be able to effectively run a company one day and can do very well financially. However, other people have told me to try to find a company that will train you on a product because you want to be at the heart of where value is created in an enterprise, not on the transactional / trading / sales side if you can avoid it since these jobs are the first to get whacked should things get choppy.
If you were in my shoes, which route would you recommend taking and why?
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