If my strengths are creativity, responsibility, and leading and hobbies are swimming and reading, what types of careers or industries might best fit for me?
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With those strengths and interests, you can do just about anything! They are applicable to almost any career.
I work in Marketing, which is a huge and growing field, with many different types of jobs to choose from. In addition, just about every company, whether it is a huge corporation or a start-up, needs to market & sell their products & services. So, it is a field that offers lots of choices about where you can live and work, and what type of company you’d like to work for. The Marketing field also offers lots of different types of career paths. For example:
1. Creative careers: we need content writers/producers, editors, graphic artists, advertising designers, web designers, and more. If you are interested in a creative job, focus on developing your artistic skills. Practice writing & editing. Take courses in graphic design, website design, and web usability (UX). Learn visual, graphic, advertising, and website coding techniques. Courses in computer programming, business administration, and project management will help you get ahead, too.
2. Management jobs: marketing managers design & launch marketing campaigns, manage product lines, develop branding strategy, manage social media & email marketing campaigns, etc. If this sounds interesting to you, then focus on developing your business, finance, and team leadership skills. Project management, problem-solving, risk management, negotiation, and public speaking, are all skillsets that you will need.
3. Marketing analytics careers: if you are more on the analytical side, you might enjoy a career as a database & lead list manager, a business intelligence analyst, a search engine optimization expert, a market research scientist, etc. For these types of jobs, you’ll be handling large amounts of data, identifying trends and patterns, creating reports and charts, and making strategy recommendations based on your findings. So, you’ll want math, statistics, computer programming, and research skills. Business & finance concepts are also pretty important in these jobs.
It is okay if you aren't sure what you want to do, yet, but if you choose a broad field that offers lots of options, like Marketing does, then you'll be able to decide and adjust, as you go along.
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I also enjoyed reading when I was younger. I got my undergraduate degree in English Literature and I was able to read a lot of wonderful books in college and write about them. Ultimately, I ended up going to law school and have found that to be a fulfilling career. You could also teach, or become a journalist or writer. I have a friend who also studied English and became a book editor. She currently edits children's books and has had one of her own books published.