Unorthodox Path to Corporate Strategy Position
This is my first post to WSO and I'm looking for a little guidance.
Background on me: BBA in Management (trust me, I've heard all the jokes about MGMT majors, I get it, whatever) from TCU and work in sales for a fairly large construction equipment manufacturer. I'm really enjoying my sales role, and plan to probably stay in it for a few years to get some real ground-level experience in the industry. I'm by far the youngest sales guy in the company (24), with most of my counterparts well into their 40s and 50s with 20-30 years of sales experience in the industry. I enjoy the travel, but can see how that might get old as I get older (don't want to be a 50 year old sales guy). I like the "Big Picture" and planning aspect of the business, tracking industry trends, entering new markets, introducing new products, etc., so I'm really trying to go into more of a Corporate Strategy role after a few years in sales. I figured WSO would be the best place to come to get some advice on what I can do to put myself in the best position possible to make the jump from sales to strategy.
I 100% plan on getting my MBA, but I won't do that until I've got a few years of experience under my belt. In the meantime, I've been looking at a couple part-time and online MSF programs (IU-Kelley, UMiami, Auburn) that I could do in the meantime to give me the finance background I'd need to be competent in a corporate strategy role. Would getting an MSF now (and MBA later) and a few years of sales experience be a smart move if I'm looking to one day go from sales to strategy? My thought process is an outside sales guy who also has a strong grasp of finance and accounting is pretty rare, and could be pretty attractive to an employer. Any advice on different routes from this that would help me land a strategy position later on?
I know I'm just an outsider looking in to you guys, but I'd really appreciate some candid feedback. I'm speaking purely for internal-hiring purposes for a mid-large construction equipment manufacturer (not looking to land a job at a BB or flashy consulting firm, I'm not an Ivy Leaguer and don't care to be). I'm just looking for some help. Thanks!