What is the best first job for someone interested in a career in marketing?
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If just starting out in one's career, an internship with an multidisciplinary agency that offers a variety of marketing services is a great way to get a feel for the differences between (offline and online) advertising, public relations, design and packaging, and other forms of marketing communications.
Look for opportunities where you can float between departments to get a broader view of how each area impacts customer relations and sales. Also seek out projects where you can interface with clients in a variety of industries. That kind of cross-discipline exposure is a sure-fire way to both pinpoint the area(s) where you have the greatest interest and aptitude and potentially make contacts for your next job.
If you are later in your career and looking to break into marketing, a similar approach could be viable as there are paid internships and entry level positions where you can get your foot in the door. With strong communications and writing skills, you could be an asset to a startup company as well. If you're willing to do the work and learn on the job, there are often companies willing to take a chance on a seasoned businessperson with good cross-over skills.
Cannot say which is the best job to start marketing. But I would say, start yourself in product sales. I started off selling computers and over the years got involved in softwares and concept development. Though I was involved in non-IT industry as well, I was also into business development of not only products but also new ideas and concepts.
Leadership Adviser, Strategist
Nov 22, 2013
Marketing is about enticing customers to buy your product while sales is about closing the deal.
One "relationship" would be striking here... product and customer.
Thence, what area would have a good knowledge of the product yet have the ability to communicate with customers emphatically?
Customer Service. They basically understand consumer needs.
Get a position in this department and you would know how to "tempt" your target audience.