Post # 1
I graduated from college recently with a bachelor degree in advertising. I’ve had an advertising internship, so I have an idea of what that type of job entails. Since graduating from college, I’ve applied to around 25 jobs in the advertising industry. I’ve only had 1 interview, but that was over 3 weeks ago and I haven’t heard anything back yet. I’ve recruiters contact me and submit me for jobs recently, but I know they have to meet a quota. Anyways, recently I’ve realized that I’m also interested in working in the healthcare field. (Which is pretty different from advertising!)
I like the idea of helping people and interacting with patients every day. I feel like a career in healthcare would be much more fulfilling than advertising. I LOVE working with people. From what I’ve heard of advertising agencies, there’s a lot of crazy long hours and drinking during the day at work, plus you’re spending your time trying to get people to buy things. Since I already completed my degree, I’m not interested in going back to school, so I’ve been considering becoming a optometric tech. (Where you act as a receptionist and perfom basic eye tests (like the air puff test) befroe the patient sees the doctor.)
It scares me to look into it, because it wouldn’t direcetly be using my degree and I probably wouldn’t make as much money but I think I would enjoy it. I’m also planning on starting a advertising consulting business on the side, so I wouldn’t be leaving advertising completely. I’m not even sure if I could get into the optometry field, because I have no medical experience. I’m sure they will look at my resume and not understand why I’m applying there. It’s not that I hate advertising, I enjoy a lot of aspects of it and I think I have potential in it. I just feel like I might be more fulfilled working around healthcare.
Has anyone else done something similar? Should I give advertising a chance since I also like it and have a degree in it, or should I pursue the healthcare field? Do you think it’s even possible to get a job in healthcare without any previous experience? Thanks so much. 🙂
Post # 3
Just curious: Are you attracted to the idea of helping people, or are you looking for a career in something that may have more open job opportunities?
Have you thought about using your people skills for a job in HR? Have you contacted your college for help in finding interviews?
Post # 4
@misslala: Sounds like you’re mostly just frustrated with not finding work right away. Stick with it! Also, try looking in other cities. Don’t give up..you’ll find something you’re qualified to do…it just may take a little while to get there.
Post # 5
@misslala: I imagine it will be hard to launch yourself in this direction, without experience in the medical field. There are examples online of how to re-write your resume when you’re switching careers (for example, someone who wants to go from advertising to medical sales would highlight the products they launched, their experience in marketing, the sales aspects of their advertising, etc). But it seems to work best when you CAN make a case for how your previous skills will be used in your new career path.
Is there an intermediate arena in the medical field, in which you could better leverage your advertising training and experience? For example, medical research is a huge field, and participant recruitment is a huge part of it. Our team has a Study Coordinator whose entire job is to recruit patients for studies, and I think you could do a really good job of highlighting the ways your previous experience would suit you in this type of position…or really any recruiting or marketing-type position in the medical field.
Would something like that interest you? Perhaps even just as a stepping stone, to help you build experience in the medical field, and make it easier to transition?
Post # 6
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@misslala: My advice is to stick with what you are doing for at least a year of hard job hunting before jumping ship. There is nothing that says you cannot work for an NFP doing your job either … Anyways, if it is because you are frustrated with looking already (not that long!) then you need to continue looking. It takes a grad an average of 8-12 months after graduating to find an entry level psition in my experience. If it is actually because the taste of your field was absolutely horrible. (When I graduated last year for my second career I applied to all the positions that I saw – whether I had the experience or not – so that was 5+ positions per week; I had about eight to ten interviews until I landed the position I am in now, which was eight months after I graduated). It takes time. Be patient. Continue applying to everything you can and network as much as you can. Is there also a reason why you feel drawn to the medical field? When I chose my second career it was because it had everything that matched the skills I had and matched my strengths – I love it. I left my first career because it was absolutely a mismatch for me (I liked the idea of what I was doing but am not that kind of strong leader and my experience workingin it was absolutely awful). Also, other question: did you realize you didn’t want the advertising field before you graduated and just did it to complete it? That would make a difference to me. Either way it is up to you just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons 🙂
Post # 7
@misslala: I’d keep plugging away at what you’re doing. My mom actually does something similar to what you’ve described and makes VERY little. She does it to help suplement income after retiring. If she was actually certified and everything, she could probably make a bit more but trust me, nothing even close to a good salary.
I also think you’re just a bit frustrated with the lack of jobs and opportunities. Posting your resume would help! How into sales are you? I’ve seen a LOT of insurance companies pick up right out of college and they make really good money from what I hear but it usually starts directly as sales. I’ve considered it myself, the only reason I’m mentioning it lol