Decent full-time first job vs. waiting for career-forming opportunities
January 28, 2014 2:30 PM Subscribe
Hi helpful friends!
I asked you how to get this amazing entry-level marketing job a few weeks ago and it worked! Well...I have a third interview! Thanks so much and expect a "how to do well in group interviews" question later :)
I'm a business management student majoring in marketing. I'm pretty lucky for a soon-to-be-graduate...I have a couple of very exciting opportunities that could really shape my career. However, I'm confused as to which way to go.
posted by rhythm_queen to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My interests, special abilities and goals:
- I love marketing! The idea of coming up with successful marketing campaigns and strategies really thrills me
- I'd love to go into public relations at some point - representing a brand at events, forming key partnerships with other companies, essentially being a 'face' of a brand I believe in
- In the next 10 years I want to get a broadcast journalism/communications/PR master's degree
- I'm great with sales. Although it feels like the grunt work, I believe it's the other side of the same coin as marketing, and a good sales team is the basis of any successful company
- I love event marketing management and believe have a knack for it
I have final interviews with:
- A Huge Beer Company - Summer Sales Representative, Paid Internship - point-of-sales merchandising, helping brand ambassadors by providing support, setting up events, etc
- A Summer Experiential Marketing Coordinator position with Huge Marketing Company - similar to above, but working with various fortune 500 companies
- A Full-Time Job Offer with Big Recruiting company as a Technical Recruiter, with Opportunity for Promotion in 12- 24 months to Account Manager position - awesome starting salary/benefits and opportunity for career growth in Sales
The first two positions seem more in-line with my marketing major, which is really important to me and seems to fit my interests, abilities and goals. However, the last job pays much better, is a full-time job with benefits, clear opportunity for big-time growth in a big company. It's also a path for a great career in sales.
I also have a very tough situation at home and would like to move out by the summer. All the options are paid but the third's salary is much higher. I do have a loan I can use to help cushion me through hard times. I want to open up great opportunities based on my interests, abilities and goals for my future. I want to have a fun job I love that pays really well.
Which direction should I go? I know I haven't gotten ANY of these jobs yet, but I'm applying to more jobs like this - In general, does it make sense to take any decent full-time job once you graduate vs. struggling with internships in your chosen/dream field?