The Year Ahead
The marketing sector is a popular industry and for that reason graduate or entry level positions within marketing are competitive. Having the relevant skill sets and knowledge is no longer enough to stand out from the crowd. What you will need is experience and the drive to succeed in the marketing industry as well.
Here is our checklist of some simple activities you can join in university to demonstrate you have the drive to succeed in marketing!!
How to be proactive in your First Year…
ü Sign up for SMS!
ü Attend SMS Drinks, signup for the university’s mentoring program, hit up the SUBS First Year Camp at University of Sydney Business School to meet people. Networking shouldn’t only be with industry contacts, the students you meet and connect with through your degree are a great source of advice.
ü Study hard & keep your marks at a credit average at least. Many recruiters will only accept your application if you are able to prove you maintained a credit average or higher.
ü Learn to balance drinking, part time work and university early, if possible. Before later in your degree also balancing being on the executive of a society and internships.
ü Attend the SMS Careers Fair, and stay up to date with the SMS Blog, Newsletters and Info Panel events to help get a better idea of what area of Marketing is right for you.
ü Apply for the SMS Subcommittee, to gain experience and learn the ropes before applying for an executive position at September’s team elections.
ü Sign up to be a Mentor for new undergraduate students in second semester (gain leadership experience for your resume).
ü Apply to be a Market Research Telephone Interviewer with McNair Ingenuity Research or Volunteer for Marketing work experience with a charity over your summer.
ü If you go to the University of Sydney Business School, Apply for the Business Schools Industry Placement Program for First semester, second year & get credit towards your Marketing major.
How to build your resume in your Penultimate Year…
As you enter your second year, you have a better idea of your career path and interests. Use this year to develop your understanding of different roles and build up meaningful experience.
ü Attend the SMS Careers Fair to network with key employers & ask your career questions.
ü Remember to get your Penultimate year internship applications ready early. Application deadlines tend to be between Jan & April for end of year summer programs.
ü Sign up to be a Mentor for new undergraduate students in second semester and gain leadership experience for your resume.
ü If you go to the University of Sydney Business School, apply for the Business School’s Industry Placement Program and gain industry experience (locally, regionally or internationally).
ü Join the SMS team as either a Subcommittee member or Campus Ambassador to help with events, promotions, and contacting employers, before running for an executive position at September’s elections.
ü Join a student consultancy group on campus like S2B Marketing Solutions to put theory into practice, by providing marketing solutions to real clients.
ü Keep an eye out for Penultimate year opportunities throughout the year with the SMS Newsletter.
How to be career ready in your Final Year…
Don’t panic, this might be your final year but there is still plenty of time to build up your resume, work out what area of Marketing is right for you, and land the perfect Grad job.
ü Join the SMS team as either a Subcommittee member or Campus Ambassador to help out with events, promotions, and contacting employers.
ü Take your resume to the university’s careers desk and have it reviewed before you start applying for graduate positions. Once again, remember to get your applications ready early. Check out the SMS Careers Guide for application dates.
ü Network with potential employers at the SMS Careers Fair and through on-campus talks to learn more about potential graduate employers.
ü Contact your industry networks and ask if they are aware of any opportunities for graduate jobs.
ü Sign up to be a Mentor for new undergraduate students in second semester.
ü Potentially consider starting your own small business or blog, to show off your innovative spirit, determination, leadership experience and knowledge. Look around, most universities offer grant programs to student start-ups!
ü Keep an eye out for final year opportunities throughout the year in the SMS Newsletter.