Career Series No. 7- Marketing

Marketing

Hi everyone! Hope you guys had a great weekend!! Today we’ve got another Career Series post, so we’ll get right to that since my cat is being annoying and has decided that he wants to plant himself right on my laptop and is preventing me from writing a super-cool intro…

So here’s Arianna! She’s an FIU graduate like me, so she’s instantly awesome in my book.

Enjoy!

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Career Series No. 6- Art Therapy/Social Work

Art Therapy Social Work

Hi guys! Sorry for the delay in getting this post out! I took a real holiday on Monday and did ZERO work, which was kind of awesome. 🙂

I’m so excited to share this Career Series post from Robin with you today. Really sounds like a super fun and rewarding job.

Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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Career Series No. 5 – Organizational Psychology

Organizational Psychology.

What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?

I wanted to be a lawyer. I’m Nigerian American, so from childhood I was taught to be either a Doctor, Lawyer, or Engineer (lots of options lol). I wasn’t great at chemistry, and I didn’t want to do any more math than I had to. I was good at getting my point across, had strong writing skills, and loved the idea of the corporate environment. So being a business lawyer just seemed to be the natural choice for me.

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Career Series No. 4- Camp Director

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Week #4 of my new  Gen Y Girl Career Series. Today, my friend Donna is sharing some of her work experience with us… and I’m pretty jealous! Her job sounds like so much fun! Let us know what you think 🙂

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Career Series No. 3 – Digital Marketing/Recruitment

Digital Marketing Recruitment

Hi everyone! Welcome to Week #3 of my new  Gen Y Girl Career Series. Today, my friend Rowan is sharing some of her work experience with us… and it’s pretty awesome!

(Rowan’s from the UK, so feel free to read this entire post in a British accent! LOL)

Enjoy!

What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?

I actually always assumed I would be famous! I can’t act, dance or sing particularly well.. I just assumed that I would be famous and would never have to worry about having a complicated career! I dreamed and still dream of being a psychologist. I am doing a psychology degree but this is mainly out of curiosity 🙂

What is your current job?

I currently work in recruitment, specifically digital marketing and ecommerce. After being the Office Manager for about 7 months, I changed roles to be in Business Development – this means that I find business for my company and I find people for the roles we have.

How did you land that position?

I mass applied for “Office” roles – I wasn’t fussy about what they were exactly – I was just desperate to be out of retail! I got an email straight back saying that they loved my CV but wanted me to do an Un-CV – this was a CV that showed them who I really was. I thought this was the most fun task I had ever had to do – I did this via pinterest – here it is! They loved that too and I got the job!

What does a typical day at work look like for you?    

I get to work at about 8.40am and I browse through Linkedin for any relevant news and updates whilst I drink my tea. Then at 9am, I start finding potential jobs for my work and potential people for our vacancies. Basically, I have to call potential clients and basically sell our services to them. We are a really niche digital marketing recruitment agency so we can help with vacancies that companies are having real difficulties filling. I break for an hour at lunch – this is dedicated to eating and updating my blog! A typical day finishes at 5.30pm. 

What do you love most about it? 

I love that I am mainly my own boss – I do my own thing and I am in control of my work load.

What do you hate most about it? 

My job is fairly unstable – if I don’t find the company work, I can loose my job. Finding the company work is not always easy – not only do I have to find the jobs, but I have to get other companies to want to work with us and be willing to pay our high fees. Also, I HATE sales – I never wanted to be in a sales position and I find myself making lots of salesy calls.

What’s the coolest thing that ever happened to you at work?

When I worked in a supermarket, I was a first aider, along with a few other colleagues – to cut a really long story short, an elderly gentleman had a heart attack in the car park whilst he was in his car, attempting to go home. I worked with my colleagues to save his life. Sadly, the man did die a week later in hospital, but what we did that day gave his family a chance to say goodbye.

I am now engaged to the other first aider that helped me 🙂

What strengths do you think are necessary for someone to be successful at this job?

In any job – it is a positive attitude. You CAN do anything and everything. There is nothing stopping you, but you!

What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who’s looking to pursue this as a career? 

If you want to work in recruitment – get ready for it. It is a whirlwind of fun, sales, rejection, knowledge and confusion! I have enjoyed it but I have also lost sleep over it.

I feel really passionately about this topic – at 25, I have changed careers twice and I am about to embark on a totally new career! I have always felt rushed to find the right career asap! I am starting to learn that there is no rush. Find the career that is right for you! This is key. From 16, I worked in retail – it was the easiest career path to have at this stage as I was trying to figure out what I wanted to study further. I ended up giving up my studies and continuing with a retail career! By 20, I was a manager and by 23, a deputy store manager. Honestly – I hated it. I got so wrapped up in my career that a change didn’t even occur to me! After a few months of working 80 hour weeks and hardly seeing anyone but my colleagues and customers, I decided to get my resume out there! I got a few call backs and a few interviews, but as I was already employed – I was fussy 🙂

In the UK, kids are expected to almost know what they want to do for the rest of their lives at 14 – when they are expected to choose what they want to study for the next two years of school. At 16 – you decide whether you want to go to “college” (not university, it’s like the last two years of high school). After that, you attend university. The pressure that kids must feel to know what they want to do is unbearable. For me, it was easier to abandon my education and get straight into finding a career.

You need to remember that YOU are the most important person to please. If your parents want you to be a doctor and you want to be a journalist – you need to listen to your heart. The best career for you might be stacking shelves at your local supermarket or a brain surgeon. As long as YOU are happy doing it – it’s the best career for you.

“If you are not happy, move. You are not a tree”

Rowan Funning Up My Life

Connect with Rowan on any of her social media accounts:

  1. www.funningupmylife.co.uk
  2. http://www.twitter.com/funningupmylife
  3. http://www.facebook.com/funningupmylife
  4. https://www.pinterest.com/funningupmylife
  5. https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/funning-up-my-life-13638167
  6. http://instagram.com/funningupmylife
  7. funningupmylife@gmail.com

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Career Series No. 2- Craft Beer

Career Series Craft Beer Industry

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to Week #2 of my  Gen Y Girl Career Series. Today, my new friend Leah is telling us a little bit about her pretty kick-ass job. No lie, I’m pretty jealous!

So let’s get to it…

What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?

This is super silly, but when I was little I wanted to grow up to be an FBI agent. I read a lot of mystery novels as a kid/teen and I think that’s where that came from. In high school, I wanted to be a lawyer (and have four years of mock trial to show for it), and finally, in college, I realized marketing was where I really wanted to work!

What’s is your current job?

Currently, I’m the Marketing and Merchandise Specialist for Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, GA.

It’s hard to describe exactly what I do, since Terrapin is a growing company, but currently I purchase the merchandise for the gift shop at the brewery and online, and also work in the marketing department on events and promotions wherever they need me.

How did you land that position? (What made you want to pursue that?)

I first found the position after my boyfriend was accepted to a PhD program at UGA and was looking to be close to him. I knew I was interested in marketing, but had never really thought about working in the beer industry. I enjoyed craft beer, so I figured it could be cool.

In terms of landing the job, honestly, I just applied. I know so many people stress the importance of networking in order to land your first job out of college, but I consider myself a case for the good old fashioned way!

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

No two days are the same haha, but fortunately, even though I work in the beer industry I usually work 9-5! I usually get to work by 9 (sometimes 9:30… Oops!) and work with my marketing director on upcoming events and campaigns in the morning, and spend my afternoon working with merchandise, whether it’s in the gift shop, or for our distributor partners. I also field requests from our sales team for promotional materials and merchandise for events and festivals.

What do you love most about it?

There’s a lot to love about working in the beer industry- including free beer! But really, I love my job because it’s full of challenges. Craft beer is a growing industry, so marketing is increasingly important for the success of the beer and the brand! I get to go into the market for events and hear about people loving Terrapin, and tell me how cool the t-shirts I order and design are!

What do you hate most about it?

The most frustrating part of my job is unfortunately something that I can’t change- the laws in Georgia around beer are pretty crappy for breweries. You can’t buy beer directly from a brewery and I can’t legally tell you where to buy our beer (as it shows “favoritism” to certain establishments). It doesn’t always affect my job specifically, but it can be really hard to feel like your whole company has its hands tied.

What’s the coolest thing that ever happened to you at work?

So I think so far, the coolest thing that has happened to me is that I’ve been given the chance to go to Bonnaroo – for work! I’ll be pouring craft beer at an awesome music festival with 5 of my co-workers. The beer industry revolves around a lot of events, and it’s pretty exciting that I get to help our sales team with so many of them!

What strengths do you think are necessary for someone to be successful at this job?

Creativity is a huge strength in this industry, as is flexibility! There are a LOT of small craft breweries that are making good beer, so marketing beer, and your breweries can be challenging. Plus your job could change at a moment’s notice- as companies grow, there’s a lot more that needs to happen!

What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who’s looking to pursue this as a career?

Drink craft beer! there’s a ton of great marketing minds in the world, but not all of those marketing people like craft beer. If you’re knowledgable about beer, and marketing, interviewing for a position similar to mine at a brewery should be a piece of cake (or should I say, a pint of beer!)

Leah Kuck
Connect with Leah on any of her social media accounts:

Instagram: @chatwithleahk
Twitter: @chatwithleahk
Facebook: life, love and coffee stains

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Career Series No. 1- Accountant

Career Series No 1 Accountant Ally Fiesta

Hi guys! I’m so excited to publish the very first post in my new Gen Y Girl Career Series. Each post in this series will highlight a particular career field in an effort to gain some insight into what that job entails. Hopefully the series will help expose people to new job fields they never knew existed, and who knows…maybe someone who’s dead-set on one particular job will be like, ehhh…no thanks, not for me…after reading a firsthand account of that career.

So welcome to my first guest, Ally Fiesta.

What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?    

I always wanted to work in an office after watching a movie called Working Girl. I wanted to wear a suit, have a corner office, have a career, and have my own income.

What’s your current job?                    

Staff accountant. I started off as a receptionist, then did accounts payable, then payroll, then became an office manager for a small company, then a financial consultant then a general ledger bookkeeper THEN a staff accountant.

How did you land that position?                              

My parents owned an environmental company so I started off at their company helping the company’s Comptroller, and assisting all CPAs with audits.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Accounting has a monthly cycle, as a staff accountant. At the beginning of the month, I reconcile bank accounts. Then I review all expenses to make sure all monthly bills are paid per the pre-approved budget. Then I create financial statements. The rest of the time, I have different roles depending on what industry I’m in, like sales tax or vendor statement reconciliation- basically, any activity I can assist with to ensure that money isn’t being wasted.

What do you love most about it?              

I love the schedule. I know when I can go on vacation and I know when to expect paperwork. I like knowing my deadlines and being able to pinpoint accounting errors.

What do you hate most about it? 

I can only go so far in this career field without a college degree. I need to get more college hours to get my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, so that I can make money (even though I already know the process). This license is the key to owning your own accounting business.

What’s the coolest thing that ever happened to you at work?

I worked for an entertainment company and it was awesome because we would have monthly patio parties, and we would host contests. I won a MacBook Air once! The type of company I worked for really helped make my actual work pleasant. This entertainment company had a fun attitude, and because of that, it was hard for me to leave them. But I did want a promotion, and their policy required a 4-year degree for me to move up, so I left after 5 years.

What strengths do you think are necessary for someone to be successful at this job? 

You definitely have to be detailed oriented, have strong math skills, and have a great memory (to memorize tons of accounting laws). You also have to know how to build rapport with others. I work with clients who are trusting me with their financial information, so building rapport with them is important. You also have to be skilled in Excel spreadsheets.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who’s looking to pursue this as a career? 

Do internships! Every summer I would spend at least a whole month working for a CPA, and this helped me learn the vocabulary and the Excel skills that I needed. I took Excel in both high school and college, but NONE of those classes covered what accountants really do with those spreadsheets. Being an intern really gave me the edge that I needed. Even though I didn’t have a 4-year degree, companies really wanted me because of the experience I had.

Ally’s now transitioning into a full-time blogger. To hear her story, keep reading…

My decision to transition into a full-time blogger was made after 10 years of blogging. I’ve owned HydroSupraLicked.com for 11 years. I started off interviewing musicians (mostly DJs), but now the site’s evolved into a lifestyle blog where I promote music, dance, and beauty- the really beautiful things in life.

I never thought I could make any money from this. Definitely not the amount of money I could make as an accountant. However, I’m currently a Director of Community for atriumobscurum.com. I also work helping other crews in Dallas with their social media accounts focusing on engagement and event ticket sales. I’ve also done street promotions for multiple crews since 2002. As a Director of Community, I’m the first person that contacts anyone interested in events, and I answer all questions via the site’s social media accounts. I also curate images, music links, and any contests that we may be hosting. I also reach out to artists to set up interviews/any other types of promotional opportunities for upcoming events.

In addition to all of that, I’m also a photographer. In the beginning, I had a hard time deciding how to charge for my services, and it also took me a while to understand how social media works. Over the past 5 years, I’ve read multiple books about social media marketing. I’ve taken courses online,  listened to podcasts (huge shout out to SmartPassive Income and AskPat), and I’m currently taking a course called Become a Freelance Social Media Manager from udemy.com.

Promoting events has been my part-time hobby since 1999. I love music, but I was alway too scared to lose my income. Now that I understand the world of blogging a bit better, and have made some key connections in the industry, I now have the ability to make the move. I love that I won’t have to be tied to a single location and that I won’t have to clock in and out of an office every day 🙂

I hope to read about other people’s jobs in the upcoming weeks. I’ll be traveling in South America for two months this summer to document some of their best travel spots, so it’ll be nice to read about what others are doing!

Ally Fiesta

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