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Murse

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Career advice for fiance
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:52:05 AM »
FiancÚ has a bachelors in marketing, has worked many years in retail and eventually left for outside sales because she did not like working holidays. She is now considering going back to retail because 1) her back hurts from driving all day 2) she is tired of the stress that comes with outside sales.

Outside sales job pays 38k salary+10% commission.

She quit her retail job because of the hours and holidays she had to work. Paid around 18.5$/hour a year ago.

Both have promotional opportunities. Advice for her please?

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017, 10:13:49 AM »
C) find a professional sales / marketing  job that doesn't drive all the time.

Most professional careers have some level of stress though, just find something where you don't mind it and the good days out number the bad.

Murse

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2017, 10:21:56 AM »
C) find a professional sales / marketing  job that doesn't drive all the time.

Most professional careers have some level of stress though, just find something where you don't mind it and the good days out number the bad.

Sorry, I left out a couple things. She prefers being up and moving around, she hates telemarketing, and she has an interview today with the same retail chain she used to work for.

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 10:40:31 AM »
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She prefers being up and moving around, she hates telemarketing,... .

That describes most of us. Can you be more specific?

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 10:54:02 AM »
What kind of job did she hope for when she chose Marketing as her degree focus?  Is she only planning to work retail until the holidays?

Some other jobs to explore are:
Inside Sales
Public Relations/Social Media
Marketing Associate
Communications Manager
Customer Success Manager
Business Analyst
Human Resources

Murse

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 01:33:54 PM »
What kind of job did she hope for when she chose Marketing as her degree focus?  Is she only planning to work retail until the holidays?

Some other jobs to explore are:
Inside Sales
Public Relations/Social Media
Marketing Associate
Communications Manager
Customer Success Manager
Business Analyst
Human Resources

It is hard to say if she will leave during the holidays, she says no but I think it's possible. She chose marketing because her parents pushed her to do something that would increase her earning potential. Last time she worked retail she was the customer services manager. She enjoyed being able to come home and not having to think about work.

What she really wants to do is teach dance, unfortunately those jobs are only seasonal and part-time.

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2017, 01:46:10 PM »
There's a lot more to marketing than telemarketing. Sounds like she is thinking a little too small here. Are you in a small town? As MrsDinero suggested, there are a lot of great jobs in marketing. In many different fields. She could work in marketing for an arts theatre or something.

She should absolutely teach dance as a side gig. Or, could she use her marketing degree and sales experience to open a dance studio? She'd likely have a leg up (pun totally intended) on other new dance instructors given she (should) understand how business works.


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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2017, 01:52:46 PM »
agree with @Jouer, there are lots of options around dance. She could also choreograph which is a paid gig as well. She could start volunteering for a dance studio and see what they need and move up from there.

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2017, 02:45:19 PM »
There's a lot more to marketing than telemarketing. Sounds like she is thinking a little too small here. Are you in a small town? As MrsDinero suggested, there are a lot of great jobs in marketing. In many different fields. She could work in marketing for an arts theatre or something.

She should absolutely teach dance as a side gig. Or, could she use her marketing degree and sales experience to open a dance studio? She'd likely have a leg up (pun totally intended) on other new dance instructors given she (should) understand how business works.

She does teach as a side gig. Opening up a studio is something we could talk about however I worry about taking that kind of financial risk.

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2017, 02:48:40 PM »
I think it might be worth spending some time and $ to work with a career coach to help her explore her options. It sounds like there are a lot of potential options and she is open to trying different things, so why not really cast a wide net and see what pops up?

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2017, 09:42:10 PM »
Amazon is taking a huge bite out of traditional retail each and everyday. Many of the legacy retail stores will be going out of business over the next 5, 10 or 20 years. If you are on the verge of FIRE then it may not matter. But if she is going to need a longer career, then there are probably better choices.

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Re: Career advice for fiance
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2017, 10:15:22 AM »
She could look into abilitypotentials.com it's about $500 to tell you what kinds of career paths you are best suited for. But she already knows, and its dance. In the long run its better to do what your passionate about than try to slog it out doing things you don't want to do.