September 12, 2008 by
For those of you graduating this year or have graduated and have wanted to move in the direction of advertising or television then keep reading.
I’ve had the opportunity to travel, go to upscale restaurants, meet celebrities and ambassadors of different countries by working in the sales department. Want to work at ABC,NBC, CBS, MySpace, Paramount Pictures, Disney? Companies want to see that you have an urge to help them grow, if you can show them that you know your stuff, the doors will open my friend, don’t give up. I was a great student in high school, but I was a C average college student, mostly due to the “distractions” offered only by college campuses. I knew I wanted to due something with the exciting world of TV, I knew a lot of my friends were involved with internships or joining clubs related to the field to differentiate themselves from the competition, but I also wanted to make money and not work for free (I had started an internship and it was a great way to learn more).
I picked up a job at the local job fair, an excellent way to meet employers, by the way, and I found myself talking to the banks. Soon enough after a few interviews I was making money while I kept a focus on my long term goal. I wasn’t making a lot of money while I worked at the bank but I made a long list of friends that I still talk to today. What I realized was that every company in America has a sales team, why not build a strong career in sales to transition myself into TV effortlessly. Well my plan worked out great…eventually, after a lot of rejections from agencies and radio stations and finally television stations. I figured I had to become a go to person at work, gaining the trust of coworkers and customers to further elevate my position and stand out from the stack of resumes, believe me stacks of resumes arrive at work, from people that want a chance to work in this industry.
<pWorking for a television station is hard work but it can be fun if you have passion for what you love, this includes working with clients on events or sponsorships and yes parties. The TV industry is a very close knit community, especially in sales, you get to know some of the big name companies advertising in every category, you also learn about their company objectives and what they plan on achieving by advertising. Hopefully you build business partners that can help you down the road. I've compiled a list of things you might need to start working in Advertising and or Television:
- Have a strong gut for rejection
- Work on your interviewing skills
- Find a job that will help you with your long term vision, not just a quick fix
- Make friends and network, be very social
- Learn, change and adapt
- Join clubs or start internships, participate in your community do something different
I think it’s very important to learn and acquire new skills in an ever increasing globalize world, competition is fierce but if you have the desire don’t stop and be different.
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February 07, 2006 by
Since I have to take a break from college and I couldn’t find a paid internship in my area, I decided on a temp agency. Little did I know this temp agency was going to offer me more than what I was expecting. I’m thinking temp agency, hmm……go work in some office for a weeks or months and then transfer to a new office. Well, the temp agency had something else in mind. On my second assignment I ended up at an oil company doing some office work. Even though it had nothing to do with my major, I figured it would give me some money so I might as well go for it.
Well I’ve been with the company for a few months now and my supervisors have approached me on numerous occasions about becoming permanent. They even gave me a promotion from being a receptionist to working in the retail division. At first I was excited and ready to stay on permanently but the past few weeks have me thinking otherwise. As much as I like my position in the company and the people that work with me I am contemplating the fact that my degree will have nothing to do with my job. There is a possibility that I could make my degree work for me with my current position, but that would require the company to let me show them what I am capable of.
I’m thinking maybe it’s me being scared and ashamed about not having a career in my field or the idea of not knowing where my current position could possibly take me in a direction that I haven’t even thought about. By working in retail I am learning a lot about how to run a store and the procedures that are taken when it comes to opening up a new location. So I guess this position could lead to bigger and better things. Maybe it’s just my nerves getting to me.