(Closed) Getting into a New Career

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 2
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t work in marketing, but have you tried looking at jobs in PR, publicity, or communications? Those often involve marketing, but are less sales-orientened.

Also – unpaid internships can be very valuable, especially if you have the opportunity to keep your other job for income. I recommend an internship in what you actually want to do over a job that isn’t what you are looking for.

Post # 4
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I did marketing for 12 years.  I got my first job out of college due to experience in college.  I worked in a marketing department on campus for a year, and then created my own internships by contacting people I knew and offering my services for free for relevant experience. 

Try volunteering too.  I use my marketing skills for my volunteer work all the time.  Libraries, schools, anything with fundraisers.  Marketing is very broad so you can develop relevant experience in many different ways.

As for marketing gigs, try agencies.  They are usually looking for entry-level people in many different roles, with sales being only a small portion.  I’ve worked for 4 different agencies in 3 different states and found that to be true for all of them. 

Even a few months of relevant experience will really help.  

Post # 6
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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beetee123:  I got my first job in Marketing through a temp agency. There was a yearly advertising awards show that needed seasonal staff. While I wasn’t doing marketing work (mostly data entry) I learned a lot about what is considered “good marketing”, got to see the industry trends, meet influential people, and learn about the different career paths within marketing. I then got my feet wet by freelancing with a number of startups in my area that needed help marketing their growing companies. Depending what aspect you’re interested (strategy, social media, email) you might be able to find small growing companies that are desperate for help. Once  you get some experience under your belt you can move to a permanent position at a larger company. I know many people who were able to break into the industry without doing direct marketing, so I wouldn’t take that path just yet. If you can communicate in german you can certainly communicate in english, so that might be a way to sell yourself to employers. May I ask where you are finding these jobs?

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