Dragging up an old thread...sorry.
I'm currently finishing up my 3rd year as an academic postdoc in life science. Just the other day, out of the blue, someone I know on a professional basis from an instrumentation company offered me a technical sales job, which would effectively double my pay (kinda like a real job). Here's the thing: I have no sales experience; in fact, I have no relevant professional experience outside of academia. This would be a completely foreign world to me and I'm a little anxious about saying yes to the offer, although they assure me that I am well qualified.
At the same time, my wife is pregnant with our first child, and the extra income would help. The downside here is that this job involves a lot of travel, so time away from my new family would suck. Also, a sales gig is a decisive step away from research, and it would be really hard to go back if things didn't work out. Who knows...maybe this gig would be awesome. Any thoughts?
Do it. I went from ecology degree to medical sales and I'm so glad I did. You can learn to sell the only question will be if you enjoy it. Why not find out?