I am trying to decide whether to pursue marketing (my degree subject) as a career or try something totally different, and if anyone works in marketing I would find it really helpful to know the following [more inside]
I am turning 40 on Friday, and getting my act together career-wise is overdue. I have had bipolar in recent years and haven't worked since April 2005, though I am getting better and believe I could get in mental shape for work in the next 12 months. I have a degree in marketing, though I graduated a long time ago (1991). Since then I have worked in sales admin (processing enquiries), did some basic marketing in a small firm (without much success, I have to say) and also was a junior consultant where I delivered presentations on internet marketing around the country (basically the same presentation in different places). The last one I was the happiest with as our company had a steady contract to do them, I got good feedback and knew I was "earning my corn". [more inside]
I have a degree in marketing but since graduation have worked in other jobs including basic web design. In one job I was able to do some public speaking, but I am quite introverted by nature (what they call an INFP type) and according to online careers advice would be suitable for being a social worker, teacher or psychologist. However the ENFP type (the only difference being extroverted versus introverted) makes a great match for marketing jobs. 1) Is there anyone out there who works in marketing and is shy? What do you do well and what do you avoid? Is there a career niche where shy people can do well? 2) Is it possible to become more extroverted and if so what helps? Any online resources or books anyone would recommend? The only one I know is ShynessCurve.com and I worry about forking over £65 only to find out I bottle out of doing the assignments they set.