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Careers Centre

Marketing and sales

Sector Overview


You can read information about role responsibilities, salary, working hours, what to expect, qualifications, skills, work experience, career prospects and related roles on the following Prospects Job Profiles:




You might also see other job profiles of interest in the Marketing, advertising and PR profiles page (which gives links to the 18 profiles in the sector).




You might also see other job profiles of interest in the Sales profiles page (which gives links to the 11 profiles in the sector).


How to gain experience/internships

Summer internships

Job search websites


Alternative work experience resources (including 1st and 2nd year students)


Additional resources


How to get a (graduate) job

Graduate training schemes

Job search websites




Making speculative applications

Smaller agencies may not advertise vacancies for graduates and speculative applications may be required.


Applications, interviews and assessment centres

The recruitment process for marketing and sales graduate training schemes may vary from company to company, but is likely to consist of the following:

Check the employer’s website as many provide details on their own individual recruitment and selection processes. Smaller organisations may be happy to accept a CV and covering letter and will have a less formal approach to the selection process.


Relevant Postgraduate study - is it a requirement?

Many marketing and sales recruiters typically value real experience rather than further academic study.  Graduates can consider postgraduate courses either specialising in marketing or mixed with more general business subjects, but this is by no means essential and is not likely to secure a higher salary. Once you become a marketing or sales professional (or in some cases, before) you are likely to be encouraged to study for professional qualifications.


Key UK links and resources

Careers Centre resources


Use CareerConnect, your central careers hub, to:



General marketing and sales careers information

Professional Bodies, Trade Organisations & Journals/Magazines


USA resources

The USA job market and recruitment timetables, for both internships and graduate jobs, for sectors of employment often differ from the UK.

The Careers Centre subscribes to the reputable independent USA careers information and vacancy provider Vault. The links below will take you directly to Vault subscription resources which cover this sector. You may find further useful and relevant resources linked from there as well.