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I don't have a good memory; but I like to help others, and want a good paying job; what should I be??


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John’s Answer

Maria if you’re thinking about a career in customer service, you’ve probably already picked up on the fact that it’s a pretty broad field right now, with a lot of different types of jobs: agents, representatives, coordinators, specialists, managers, etc. But if you’ve got the people skills and the service skills to make this field part of your career plan, where do you direct your energy in order to find the best-paying customer service jobs?

MARKET RESERCH ANALYST
JOB DESCRIPTION – Market research analysts help companies and organizations understand their competitors' activities and their customers' wants and needs. Market research analysis requires strong skills in communication and data analysis. Those interested in this career should be prepared to gather information and present it to clients. Determining which goods and services are in demand and the best rate or price to charge for these products is a core function of a market research analyst's job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS – According to the BLS, bachelor's degrees are the standard educational credential for market research analysts. Master's degrees may be necessary for some jobs in the field. The BLS recommends that aspiring market research analysts take classes in business, marketing, social sciences, math, economics, computer science and statistics. An internship with a market research firm can be a good way for students to gain some professional experience in the field. Working as a survey taker may be another good way for students to gain experience. Being detail-oriented and having good quantitative abilities are important skills for market research analysts to have.

CAREER OUTLOOK & SALRY – Between 2018 and 2028, the BLS projects a much faster than average forecast for job opportunities in the market research analyst field, with 20 percent employment growth expected. The increase in jobs will be driven by organizations' growing desire for data and market research to better evaluate the effectiveness of business and marketing plans. The average Market Research Analyst salary in the United States is $90,000 as of July 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $81,250 and $103,000. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
JOB DESCRIPTION – A social media communications specialist combines aspects of the work that marketing managers and public relations specialists do in their regular duties. Some employers may have social media specialist focusing on creating and implementing a social media marketing campaign. They may also be responsible for monitoring how the public views their company or client. Their work can include tracking the progress of social media campaigns to determine if they're achieving their intended goals. Gathering and reviewing data may be part of those tasks, while developing and implementing promotional campaigns involves utilizing creative talents to effectively communicate the intended message to the right audience.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS – Social media communications specialists combine marketing and technological skills to maintain an online image for clients. Most employers expect social media account managers to have a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area, such as marketing. Other areas of study that these professionals may pursue include public relations and Internet marketing.

CAREER OUTLOOK & SALRY – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has listings for marketing managers and public relations specialists; these are comparable career fields that social media communications specialist may be classified in. According to the BLS, marketing managers should see a 9% rate of job growth from 2018 to 2028, while public relations specialists will experience a 6% rate of job growth during the same decade. The average Social Media Communications Specialist salary in the United States is $80,750 as of July 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $70,000 and $101,500. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Hope this was Helpful Maria

Thank You Rithwik. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr. John Frick

Thank You Dexter, for your continued support. We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. John Frick

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Maria,

It sounds like you would benefit from people-centered jobs. There are a great variety of options within Customer Service. There is also Human Resources. If you wanted to be more personal, you may consider areas like psychology. The real challenge for you is how do you want to be of service to others. When you think about a job, what is something that you would like to do? Most jobs have performance support so that you do not have to memorize everything that you need for your job. Also, as was mentioned in another post, you remember more the things that you want to remember, those things that have meaning for you. That ties back to focusing on doing something that you are passionate about. If you don't quite know what you want to do, you should engage in activities that let you see what jobs are out there. Consider job shadowing with people you. I would also recommendation growing your network with people who are different from you. This can happen through volunteering with different organizations.

Good luck on your career search.

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Christine’s Answer

Hi Maria,
I hope you read what Tom wrote back to you, “ I'll bet you have a great memory for things that really interest you. For instance I'll bet there is some song that moves you and for which you have memorized all the words. ”. He is so correct, exercising your memory on things you like, find interesting, people who inspire you will definitely hone your memory to do what it is supposed to do. When you say you want to help people, children, women subjected to violence, medically, veterans who have returned home with PTSD, amputations, etc., There are many ways you can help people and they are all open to you. When you say “a good paying job,” again depending on what you choose to do will determine your salary. Maria, the world is open to you. As other individuals have written, find your passion and follow through with it.

Christine recommends the following next steps:

Determine where you passion lies, research, dig deep and find out where your true passion lies
Once you have decided what direction you want to go, find out about what you have to do to get there
Check out colleges to see what courses you would need to take in order to graduate
Possibly check into a couple of alternatives see what the requirements and salaries are for each one.
You’ve got this Maria, just go with you gut as my grandmother use to say.

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Tom’s Answer

Hi Maria. Please let me address a part of your comment with the hope others more qualified can further respond.

The part is your memory. I'll bet you have a great memory for things that really interest you. For instance I'll bet there is some song that moves you and for which you have memorized all the words. Am I right? So don't sell yourself short on what you think you are capable of remembering. And watch your mind come alive when you are really engaged with an idea, or story, or a movie, or a book, or a great teacher, or anything else that excites you. Find that, and your memory will follow!! Honest. Good luck!!

Thank you! That helped change my outlook on careers. Maria E.

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