Shows the thoughts and messy life of someone that finished college and can't find a job

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When did marketing and sales become the same thing?

Definition of Marketing from the American Marketing Association:

Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.

Definition of Sales from Jobs2U:

“Sales can be defined as ‘the holistic business system required to effectively develop, manage, enable, and execute a mutually beneficial, interpersonal exchange of goods and/or services for equitable value”

I have a degree in Broadcasting, and as much as I loved radio in college, I really loved the events I worked more. After working numerous events for Millersville, I realized that’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t just want to work them, I wanted to plan them. I wanted to execute and map out every single detail and make sure the event was a complete success.

I thought figuring out what I wanted to do with my life was the hardest part; that’s what everyone told me. I wish that advice was the truth. Finding an event/promotions position that isn’t direct sales seems to be impossible. The Internet has been helpful with all of the job sites that exist, but most of the jobs posted are misleading. A handful of jobs that I’ve applied for were sales jobs. This wouldn’t have been so frustrating if that’s what the job listings implied. Most of the “positions” that are posted don’t even exist. I’ve talked to other people that have been looking for marketing positions and they are struggling with the same thing. How do we fix this?

Spread the word. Tell people that are looking for marketing positions what phrases to avoid when looking for a job. If the description of the job discretely mentions the word sales, chances are it isn’t an actual marketing position.

The struggles of finding a job, in any field, are real. Yes, the unemployment rate has gone down, but that’s because all of these misleading jobs exist. It’s also good to note how many people work 40 hours a week but don’t have benefits because a company can get around calling them a full-time employee.

Finding a full-time job shouldn’t be easy. When people apply for positions they should really be able to sell themselves. However, that doesn’t mean it should be this impossible to find more than a few real marketing positions to even apply for.


Working Hard

Most people in college complain about their jobs because they don’t have time to work. They need to do schoolwork and that’s overwhelming enough. No one needs an extra 15 hours of their time taken up for a job, except me.

I used to have three on-campus jobs. When I realized how insane that was, I stuck with the two that were less stressful: the ticket window and event staff. I have the same boss for both jobs, one is on the weekends, and the hours are pretty flexible. All of those benefits aren’t the reason why I feel like I need these jobs.

I have made some really good friends from working these jobs, and I have also learned so much. When starting at the ticket window, I never thought it would help me with my major. I couldn’t have been more wrong. 

I communicate with people daily, both on the phone and in person. I have had to learn how to properly address customers’ problems and how to fix problems in less than a minute. It may not seem like a fun job, but I actually enjoy going to work. The people and the environment make me feel so comfortable.

When you start working ten hour days at three different events, your coworkers get to know you pretty well. Another plus, I have seen some really cool speakers and events while getting paid.

My mom says I work too much, but honestly in this chaotic semester I like work more than class. 

My hard work is paying off, and I couldn’t be any happier about it. I have an internship through my boss for the spring semester. I’ll be doing web communications, graphics, and I’ll also help manage events. 

My jobs have shown me that classes aren’t the only thing you learn from while in college.