The power of internships…for marketing professionals at least.
Who would have thought that getting an internship while in college would make all the difference in the road you would travel in your career. I was having dinner with a guy I went to college with last night, we are both in the marketing field and have been job searching this past year for positions in a CPG/Food Service company, and the topic of job searching inevitably came up. It turns out that he’s also finding out many of the same things that I have been hearing…”Your resume looks great, and we’d love to bring you in for an interview but you have no prior CPG/Food Service experience. If you would have at least had an internship at a CPG/Food Service company while in school that would have helped you out.” WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THAT WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL?? During my college days I had a full time job, was making great money for a college student and work was helping fund my school costs. No one ever mentioned getting an internship to me or the benefits of an internship so I never pursued it. Now I have been out of college for a few years, have relevant work experience in my industry but am still finding it hard to travel the career path that I always imagined. It’s too late to go back and start an internship to get the experience that CPG/Food Service companies are looking for, so where does that leave me?
I still have a lot of time left in the workforce and would like to get back on track with my vision of my career. Anyone have suggestions of things that I can begin working on now (seminars, programs to learn, positions to apply for that are considered more “entry level” , etc.) that will give me the experience/qualifications that CPG/Food Service companies are looking for?