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Question: “I obtained my B.S. in marketing 3 years ago. I did not have the opportunity to do any internships with in the marketing/public relations/communication/advertising field. I am currently looking for an entry level position with in my field of study but do to the lack of experience I am often looked over/ rejected by employers. What do you suggest I could do to begin obtaining the needed hands on experience that is required by employers.”
It is often hard to obtain a position without experience, but there are a few things you can do:
- Start by establishing a network of individuals in the industry. They can help identify potential opportunities and put you in touch with individuals/corporations that may offer such opportunities.
- It is not too late to consider possible internships and temporary assignments; building your level of expertise with each one.
- Another approach is to seek a position as an administrative assistant in the industry. This will put you directly in line with the professionals; give you an opportunity to learn; and allow you to show your skills and knowledge. An administrative assistant position with a senior executive may offer you even more since you will get an opportunity to learn from an individual who is well positioned.
- It is also important for you to join associations that cater to your industry. They too can offer information on possible opportunities and allow you to stay in touch with what’s happening in the industry.
Best of luck to you!
Yesi has a Senior Vice President position at one of the largest financial services firms in the world and by the end of this year she will have earned a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. She is also the founder and president of “Proud to be Latina,” a support group that encourage Latinas to rise to their full potential through programs, networking and empowerment conferences.