Job search worries

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What about marketing in a healthcare or science field? Are there any companies that do device or lab material sales in your area? If you tell us what major city you are closest to, we might be able to help more! My DH’s best friend has a BS in Biology and after working in marketing/sales for BioRad, is now a lead sales guy at Salesforce.com. It’s all about the baby steps to get into an unrelated field! I know a lot of hard core bench scientists (because I am a bench scientist) who have transitioned into marketing/sales without any specific degree for that field as well! It’s totally doable!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Honestly, you’re going to have a difficult time getting a marketing-related job without any experience. 

I have a degree in biology with a minor in psychology.  I worked as an analtyical chemist for 10 years and finally worked my way out of that into something else.  Have you considered getting your certification as a dental assistant?  They get paid pretty well and it would give you dental experience.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I tend to agree that it’s challenging getting into marketing without any experience, unless you want an internship (which runs of the risk of being unpaid with no benefits aside from work experience). Most people I know that work in marketing had a number of internships and/or low-paying assistant-type (e.g. communications assistant, editorial assistant) jobs under their belt before they got a good entry-level (e.g. specialist, analyst) position. For corporate managerial positions, depending on where you are located, people usually have either a higher degree (e.g. MBA) or they’ve worked for a significant number of years in marketing.

It would help to network a lot and let people know that you’re looking. If you are involved in any kind of non-profit, it would be helpful to volunteer with marketing or be on a committee for marketing so you can get experience that way (as well as industry contacts).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Experience is key.  Even if you help out with a volunteer organization doing fund raising coordination and/or marketing.  I wouldn’t plan on the MBA unless you can get it paid for by a job or something.  If you don’t get a financial return on the degree it’s not worth much in today’s world.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@gardenroses:  I noticed you said you wanted to apply for an MBA. I have an MBA with an emphasis in marketing. FWIW, you don’t usually emphasize specifically in a field but a lot of my peers and I focused all of our extra elective classes in a specific track (e.g. finance, accounting, marketing, HR) and thus, we had an emphasis that way. My advice with an MBA, given the high cost, is to really pick one that has an excellent alumni network that really gives back. Some of the schools are less expensive but the alum network isn’t really well established. Since getting a job is all about building relationships and networking, it is imperative that in an MBA program, they offer a solid network for that. In addition, if you can swing it, it is better to go into a full-time program rather than a fully-employed program given that you have zero experience or opportunities in marketing. The full-time program tends to have more opportunities for workshops, corporate site visits and internships whereas the fully-employed program tends to appeal to people already somewhat established in the field and are looking for something that sets them apart from others (e.g. if they want a promotion or higher managerial position).

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you want to do marketing without a marketing degree, get yourself an internship ASAP, it would be the best place to start and to get experience while you finish your degree. It’s virtually impossible to get into the field otherwise in my experience.

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