What are some good opportunities for people who want to study marketing?
My name is Tara, I'm currently a junior at Prospect High School. I would love to study marketing and potential information systems. Currently, I'm looking for new opportunities and people to meet. #marketing #business #career #college #entrepreneur
A career in marketing can take you in several different directions. In a typical marketing job, you will be given a “generic” product and/or service and instructed to associate that product or service with a brand name. The marketing professional’s job is to create, manage, and enhance brands. By performing these tasks fully and properly, you will ensure that consumers look beyond the price and function of a product or service when determining whether or not to buy it.
QUALITIES THAT MAKE A SUCCESSFUL MARKETING PROFESSIONAL
CREATIVITY – When it comes to marketing strategies, there are often no right or wrong answers. The best marketers are those who think outside the box and do things as they were not done before. Great marketers are individuals who are not afraid to go out on a limb and experiment with what might even appear to be “crazy” ideas. They are not afraid to fail because when those ideas connect, they know it could be a winning strategy.
ENGERY – The best marketing professionals are also those who light up a room with their ideas, creativity, and pure energy. These are people who are passionate about what they do and aren’t afraid to show it. They come to work bursting with enthusiasm. If you don’t love what you do and can’t wait to go to work every day, then it probably isn’t your thing. This is especially true for marketing.
INTUITION – The best marketers are also those who have their finger on the pulse of their audience. You can only give your audience what they want if you know what they want. The good marketer is one who knows what his or her audience wants and is not afraid to give them exactly that. Some things may be obvious. For example, you’re not going to market a dating app to someone who is in his 80s, like me. But it’s the more nuanced understanding of the audience that distinguishes the mediocre from the best in this field.
LISTENING – Good marketing professionals may be enthusiastic and energetic, but they don’t talk all the time. While they are good at expressing themselves, they are even better as listening and observing. They watch people to learn what their habits and expectations are. They know to ask the questions to help draw people out and get to know them.
STORYTELLING – If you are looking for a marketing professional, you are essentially looking for someone who can tell a compelling story. You need to be able to do that to get people excited about the product or service you are selling. How can your product or service improve people’s lives in a meaningful way? Often, that’s the powerful story you are trying to tell. You want to tell it in a way that connects people with your brand. You want consumers to see themselves in the stories you tell.
TEAMWORK – In the end, marketing is not an individual game. It takes teamwork to succeed in your marketing campaign. You will be working with several teams including creative, sales, finance and logistics to successfully sell your product or service. You should be able to work on your own and most importantly, as part of a team in order to succeed as a marketing professional.
Because marketing can be accomplished in several ways, a career in marketing opens many different doors to you as a profession. You might be looking at types of jobs in sports marketing, law firms, luxury brands, clothing, music, or just about any other industry. No matter what type you are interested in pursuing, marketing is a function that is needed in every company in every industry.
Hope this was helpful Tara
Your career potential is unlimited Tara, below are some types of marketing jobs to help you prepare for your Marketing Career.
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Junior year is a pivotal time to begin thinking seriously about your career, interests, and networking - you're already on the right track!
I'll start with the classic phrase of "When I was your age", because I believe we had similar questions and interests. Here goes!
When I was your age, I had a good idea of my personal strengths and weaknesses. I didn't know my professional ones yet, until I started internships and part time jobs like a local ice cream catering company. I didn't think it was anything more than a fun summer job when I realized how I'm bringing a positive experience to offices, boosting morale, and networking is happening all around me. Not only did I enjoy being a part of it, I realized I was good at listening to customers to enhance their experience, eager to advance, and worked best in teams. With simple experience under my belt and an epiphany, I realized I wanted to work behind the scenes and see a project evolve from start to finish.
How would I get there? I took on summer internships my junior and senior year. From receptionist, to local magazine company, to getting sucked into a pyramid scheme I ran out of quickly - I learned a great deal. I then enrolled to Radford University Media Studies program (now known as Marketing/Communications), and was able to take elections and a get a minor after discovering what I did and didn't have a knack for. You may find various courses through Marketing that peaks your interest, and you should follow that gut like I did. John's list of fields below are super helpful to begin reading about! After graduating, I picked up an event marketing position for little pay but managed large front line projects that I was grateful to be exposed to since they were both challenging and rewarding. I realized then my passion isn't behind a desk working with sales team, it's being onsite, enhancing experience for all, and managing a project to evolve from perception to reality.
That marketing experience allowed me to shift my focus to my current role of a Corporate Event Manager in DC. I get to work with a large talented team ranging from marketing, graphic design, production, communications, and project managers that all put their expertise to one goal - the event. Getting to network with a wide scale of talent keeps the job relevant, fresh, and exciting. From scooping ice cream to managing corporate events in the span of 9 years - who knows where your path will take you?
My last piece of advice that recaps my story is to not turn down opportunities or see an ordinary one in a positive lens. Open as many doors as you can to dabble, understand your talent and passions, then the rest should guide you naturally since you'll work hard for what you want.
Hope you find this helpful if not relatable. Happy to help answer any follow up questions.
Since you also have an interest in information systems, I’d recommend following brands you like on social media and via email newsletter. The companies and brands that do it right, put in a lot of time and energy into thinking about every image, video, word, song, etc they share. And use software platforms effectively to help them get that work done.
Many tech companies in the Bay Area are more than happy to take on interns. In fact, I recommend going this route if you really want to gain marketing experience.
Interning at a tech company will allow you to explore the various functions in a marketing department. This is useful if you don't know which path you want to take.
As long as you make it clear that you're interested in seeing how every marketing function works, companies will ensure they put you with the right people.
I've spent my entire career in tech as a marketer (8+ years), so I'm happy to answer any questions you have.
I was a Marketing Major Degree for my Undergrad. I found that having a marketing degree was broad and could give me options to pursue many different career paths. I ended up working for a mortgage company as a summer job prior to my last year in college and was hired permanently post graduation as a Secondary Marketing Manager. Not truly knowing what that would entail, I was learning alot about mortgage and mortgage financing. I left that job to go to Fannie Mae where I have been for 25 years and would have never envisioned a role in mortgage financing, specifically customer relationship management - which is marketing yourself quite frankly to others. My advice is as you begin to explore opportunities, keep an open mind as it may surprise you in terms of what your career will look like.
All the best, Tracey Kosky
Once you have a year or two of landing and serving your own clients, you'll be an incredibly strong applicant for a brand or agency marketing job!
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As a recent college marketing graduate, here are some tips to jump start a career in marketing in high school:
1. Join clubs related/associated with marketing. Whether your school offers a marking club, there are other clubs to join to practice marketing skills. Student council, yearbook, language clubs all require work related to marketing skills. Being on student council really helped me realize that marketing was something I wanted to pursue in college.
2. Take any technical classes such as digital imaging, excel classes, etc. (if your school offers them). A lot of entry level marketing roles involve digital content so having some technical skills already would put you one step ahead.
3. Marketing is such a broad topic, so be open for different opportunities that arise. You never know where one job can lead you and snowball into new opportunities.
Best of luck!
I recently completed a Data Analytics: Marketing course at the Fashion Institute of Technology and learned a lot! The instructor provided tons of articles that can be read online and there are a lot of free courses out there as well.
My advice would be to networking with people in the industry and read a few books and articles on marketing. There are so many resources out there for free! You can even create your own blog and learn google analytics, which I highly recommend!
Hope this helps!
A lot of very useful information and tips here. I will not repeat them, but instead offer some insights from my experience.
You mentioned meeting people: I think it would be good to just do as many internships as you can and explore which areas of marketing you really like and something will also match your passion. Broadly speaking, working at agencies at this stage would be better as it would expose you to a broad range of clients and you would also get to meet more people. (Check out this link on the Japanese concept of ikigai: https://medium.com/thrive-global/ikigai-the-japanese-secret-to-a-long-and-happy-life-might-just-help-you-live-a-more-fulfilling-9871d01992b7)
As for your major in college, I would say go with something that you really like rather than taking marketing just because it is something that you might do as a career. I myself had an undergraduate degree in journalism, the most important thing I learned was how to think, learn and interact with people. The skills I picked up? They are now useless. You can learn about the latest SEO tricks, CRM software in weeks. The technical skills are the easy part. Mastery of analytical thinking, mental models are the tough part.
Also you can meet and learn more from people on Twitter, TikTok and LinkedIn or your social network of choice too. Key is to explore and just get your name out there.
Hope that helps.