Portsmouth business student in USA competition final

SUCCESS Amanda Nye
SUCCESS Amanda Nye

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A UNIVERSITY of Portsmouth student is on track to be a top-performing saleswoman after reaching the final round of an international competition.

Amanda Nye flies out to Chicago next month where she will compete against 19 other finalists for the top prize of £1,500 at the World Collegiate Sales Open.

The challenge involves several activities, including two 15-minute role-play exercises. She will be judged at every stage on her creativity, articulation, and knowledge of the industry.

Amanda, who is in her final year of business studies, said: ‘You have no idea what scenario you’ll be faced with or what the customer will say so it’s important to be prepared for everything.

‘But the bottom line is that selling is all about understanding individual needs and being resourceful.’

She added that her course, which included work placements, had given an invaluable insight into how business works.

Amanda’s tutor Beth Rogers said: ‘Our undergraduates have the opportunity to study professional selling and account management, which Amanda has combined with her natural flair and creativity to make the crucial difference.

‘Sales is also about perseverance and Amanda worked hard to get through against stiff competition from students from across the globe.

‘It’s a fantastic experience and I wish her every success.’