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Car Sales or Journalism...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by bl67550, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. bl67550

    bl67550 Member

    OK here's my new dilemma and I was hoping to get some thoughts...even though I'm pretty certain what answer I will get from you guys considering the love vented out towards our profession these day on here.

    I have the opportunity to take up a sales position in the area I want to live...and yes, I mean car salesman. Right now it would be a Mazda dealer, though I have heard from Toyota(lol) and Suzuki. I have an English degree and some experience buying and selling electronic stuff to make some money on the side so I think it is something I would be good at.

    I thought it would be a feasible solution to getting out of my parents' house rather than continue to wait for an entry-level position with a newspaper that pays more than $10 per hour with &@*@@% benefits.

    I figured at worst I could freelance for a newspaper in the same area some nights, though, the papers in that area I have checked only pay $25 per story...and eventually get considered for a full-time position that opens up down the road.

    So..any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I'm assuming the car sales job is commission-based, correct?

    I would be hesitant to move out of your parents' house unless there's a guaranteed salary for a certain length of time. But otherwise, it's a job. You always can freelance on the side, and hopefully that can lead to something in journalism.
  3. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    What's more important to you: Money or passion? There are always going to be jobs in sales be it cares, insurance, head hunting, whatever. If you're chasing cash and the apartment, big screen TV, whatever are you focus then go for the sales gig. If you don't have a family or serious bills now, and you think you have a passion for newspaper and sports, then try that out for now, better to find out at a young age with less responsibilities what this business is all about. There's no wrong choice; it's what matters to you, what goals you have.
  4. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    Only you can answer this question.

    You say you think you might be good it, and I'm guessing you think you might like it, based on your previous sales experience. In this case, you might be right, and this could work, and it might turn out to be a good thing for you -- maybe even a better thing than journalism.

    Personally, I would never take a car sales job. But, that's me, and it only applies to car sales. I'm open to retail, and am, in fact, beginning to look into other fields on a more serious/regular basis.

    You just need to make a decision that feels good/right to you. It's quite possible you could feel just as passionate about car sales if you're given good opportunities and do well in that job.

    There doesn't necessarily have to be a trade-off of either money, or passion. It is possible to have both, in any field, really. It's just a matter of how things go and how they end up working out for you.
  5. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Which has a better chance of being around in 15 years: a car dealership or the daily paper?

    I'll hang up and listen...
  6. Car sales sucks.

    It has a very high turnover and if it is solely commissioned-based expect some lean months.
  7. bob

    bob Member

    Good luck. You're dealing with two of the least respected professions in this country. But I would think you'd feel better about yourself writing a meaningful story than selling a Yaris. From everything I've heard about car sales, from dealing with salesmen and judging by the turnover in that industry, it's a tough business.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I wouldn't want to be in either field right now.

    But the economy will rebound. Print journalism will not.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Right now, print journalism and assistant crack whore are close as worst professions in this country.
  10. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Think about someone on an unpaid crack whore internship this summer.
  11. I think someone is doing one of those in the house right next to mine.
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    One of my tennis buddies works at a Lexus dealership.

    He works 6 days a week, unless his off day happens to be the last day of the month, in which case it's 7 days. Some of those days are 12+ hours.

    Right now he's on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. People just aren't buying cars, and selling 8-10 cars a month (instead of the 28-30 in a "good" month) basically means you don't make any money. He has exhausted his savings and refinanced his mortgage. He's 56 years old with, oh, about 30 years of mortgage payments to look forward to.

    My job is hanging by a thread, but I'll take it 1,000 times over his. I'll take Wal-Mart greeter before I spend one day in his occupation.
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