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I'm a senior
about to graduate in a few months and I can't figure out what
I want to do. I will have a degree in marketing and a minor
in mass communications. I'm currently interning at an advertising
and marketing firm, but I've come to find I don't think I want
to work for an agency. I do not like the business side of marketing
either. I have thought about event planning, but without experience
it is very hard to get into this field and I am looking to find
a job right after graduation. I love entertainment, tourism
and nature. I would like to live in Orlando, FL. Any suggestions?
Where do I start?
Bound to Orlando,
I got excited
about your possibilities just flipping through several categories
of getthatgig.com! Where to start? Tourism and hospitality is
a huge market in Orlando and you can start out as an assistant
in event planning or sales and marketing at places such as Disney
World resorts and on Cruise Ships. You can also get into hospitality
at any of the major hotels in Orlando which put on conventions,
seminars, weddings and other big events. Your degree will get
you into the door, you need to gain the experience in hospitality
and work your way up to the really big time event planning gigs
(I hope you're really organized!) You can get many web sites
and addresses if you scan through the internship postings for
resorts and theme parks in the Outdoor & Travel category and
the Retail & Restaurant category under Hospitality. Send your
query letters and emails to find out what positions they have
available for you starting this summer! (Check back to getthatgig
often as we update our listings).
also some interesting positions within your marketing field
in the Sales & Marketing category. Check out these career interviews:
Community Connections Coordinator, Sports Marketing Coordinator,
and Director of Media Relations. Each one of these types of
organizations is represented within the Orlando area. Get an
Orlando phone book, find company and organization addresses
and send query letters!
with your career in Orlando!
I would like to say that acting is my life. I'm 15 years old
and I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing! The
trouble is, I don't know where to start. I would love to get
in front of a camera but I don't know where to look. I went
to an acting school before,which was a total rip-off, but I
haven't heard of anywhere in Arizona that deals with acting.
in Front of the Camera,
much work ahead of you to fully realize your dream "gig" of
getting in front of the camera even though you're 15 and living
in Arizona. Acting classes are great, but they are not the only
avenue to an acting career. You can start right now in high
school. You should be trying out for school theater productions,
taking drama, acting, speech and debate classes. Become an active
member of the theater club. Your city probably has a community
and summer theater that you should do volunteer work for as
well as audition when appropriate parts are announced. I would
recommend that you have a well rounded knowledge of this industry.
Don't think of acting as just being in front of the camera.
have film, theatre and communications programs that will give
you advanced training as well as an opportunity to act on the
college level stage.
are ready, you can get an agent that will assist you in getting
auditions. It is possible that at this point in time, you will
have to move to a major entertainment industry town such as
LA or NY, although these are by no means the only choices for
an actor! If you decide the stage is better for you than the
camera, there are many large cities with wonderful theatre communities.
the Entertainment category of getthatgig.com for interviews
with people in this exciting industry and learn about the many
different careers possible. Also, you can get information from
sites like On Stage - -The
Actors Resource and laactorsonline.
working towards your acting "gig"!
for a Job,
looking for a job or are you planning on a career path? As far
as a job for a 16 year old with your interests, you should look
at retail fashion and cosmetics. You can work for a department
store, or see what companies like Avon feel about hiring someone
your age. Now if you are trying to research a career, you should
consider fashion and / or cosmetology. If you are interested
in fashion, right now you should be taking art, design, consumer
science (the old home economics class) and a business class
or two. These classes will give you the basics for your education
in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising. Look into the schools
that interest you and see if they offer programs in Fashion.
You can pull up most colleges and community colleges on the
go for those part time and summer jobs, try and make them in
retail fashion (like at the mall!) Learn the consumer end of
the business. Your college courses will continue what you began
in high school.
during your junior and senior year in your fashion program,
you should intern at a fashion house or major retailer (see
the internship postings in the Art & Design and Retail & Restaurant
categories of getthatgig.com to see what you may be doing in
to research this industry on web sites like getthatgig and others
such as Fashion Planet
and Fashion Net. You can
also access the web sites of all your favorite designers to
keep up on the latest trends.
programs are offered at technical schools and usually take 18
months to two years to complete.
designing your future "gig"!
Colleen, I'm a Journalism major and I've been offered an internship
writing a newsletter for a major Healthcare organization in
Chicago. I'm really interested in being a science writer, particularly
healthcare. What other sort of jobs are there where I can mix
my expertise of writing and healthcare knowledge. By the way,
I know a lot about healthcare because my mom and sisters are
all nurses and I am minoring in Health & Aging.
Dear Healthcare Writer,
of all, congratulations on your great writing intern "gig"!
I am also impressed that in addition to your Journalism major
you are minoring in a specific field--Health and Aging. This
is going to make you very marketable in this industry. Continue
the route you are traveling and include some work, volunteer
or otherwise, in facilities for the aging so you can understand
your demographic market.
will be able to look at the technical or trade publications
in healthcare. Technical writers may work for industrial publications,
computer companies, professional organizations and public
relations firms who specialize in healthcare and pharmaceutical
firms. There are also many magazines that specialize in healthcare
articles for the general public and some that are specifically
for the elderly (like AARP). Do some research into the companies
and publications that interest you (you can even look through
the magazine section at your local bookstore) and correspond
with them on the possibility of an internship. Chicago has
MANY healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. There are even
a few publications offering internships in the Media category
of www.getthatgig.com that may interest you. Here are some
additional web sites to check out: The Society for Technical
Communication at www.stc-va.org
and the American Journalism Review at www.newslink.org.
wishes with your health care writing "gig"!
Hi, I am a
college junior majoring in Spanish/Communications. I have no idea
what to do with either of these majors. I would like to use both
for my future job...I would love to live and work in Spain. I
love reading fashion magazines and am very much into the media
and all it has to offer. I hate math but love being creative.
I am also bilingual and hope this can be useful in whatever my
career turns out to be. Can you PLEASE help me?
Creative and Confused,
I love your possibilities! Your bilingualness is going to be a
definite asset in your job search. I would highly recommend that
you research some of your interests and then get an internship
or two before you graduate college. Let me throw out some careers
that involve your second dual language. One is Translator/Interpreter
for the military, justice system, commerce/business and freelance/self
employed. You can get experience in this through volunteer work
or internships (check out the Non Profit & Political category
of www.getthatgig.com. There are web sites devoted to translators
like the American Translator Association at www.atanet.org.
In the US, Spanish language newspapers, magazines, radio and television
programs are on the rise. If one of these facets of the media
interests you, check out the internship postings in the Media
category of getthatgig.com and get ideas of publications or corporations
you wish to intern for. When you contact them, tell them of your
bilingual ability and your desire to use it for their organization.
Another site to check out is Saludos Hispanics at www.saludos.com
which offers job hunting information and resume posting for bilinguals
Read the interview of the Photostylist in the Art & Design category,
she has a great story to tell, even if that is not your career
interest. And keep checking back with www.getthatgig.com for the
International category. Who knows, the perfect gig for Spain may
be there for you!
My mom works for Coldwell Realtors and she loves it. I think she
really wants me to follow in her footsteps but I'm not really
sure if selling real estate is for me. I know she makes pretty
good money and that's important to me but I don't know if I have
the people skills that she does. I'm shy. What other careers are
there in the real estate business? Thanks
is definitely a consideration in choosing a career in the Real
Estate Agent / Broker field. This is a career where you will
be working with many people and it can be highly competitive.
You must work with the buyers and sellers of a home, counsel
them on the value of property, the type of property they are
interested in, give tours of open houses, and usually hand-walk
clients through the maze of actually closing on a house. It
can be very rewarding work when you help a young couple finally
purchase the home of their dreams!
suggest that you spend as much time working with your mother
as possible. If you can, follow her through a real estate deal
from beginning to end (and this could take weeks or months!).
See how she works with individuals and the research and paper
work she must complete.
no specific educational requirements although many colleges
offer degrees in real estate. Most states require you to be
licensed or certified. There are educational seminars in real
estate offered in cities and any major real estate companies
offer training to their employees.
opportunities in this field include Assessor and Appraiser (determining
the value of a property), Bank Services (helping people finance
their dreams), Life Insurance Agents and Brokers, and Property
shyness be an obstacle if this is something you are truly interested
in. The joy of helping people can sometimes override the shyness
and reluctance you feel inside. Some clients may appreciate
a more quiet and reflective approach from a real-estate agent,
than a pushy, aggressive approach!
exploring this "gig"!
I am interested in a job in travel writing. Do you know how I
could find some information about this cool job and where should
I look first. Do you have a list of publishing company's who hire
Dear Writing on the Road,
What a dream
job, writing about the exciting places that we visit and sharing
them with the world! There are several ways you can go about this.
One is to work for a newspaper or publication writing a travel
column. Now, it is rare that you can just start at a newspaper
and pick your feature, but it is possible at smaller publications.
Many writers have interned or worked on other features before
getting to the section of their choice. There are internship ideas
for both newspapers and magazines in the Media postings of www.getthatgig.com.
You can also
write freelance. Do you have a creative idea for an article, column,
series or even a book? Write it, take photographs if possible,
and submit it to the publications or publishers you feel it fits.
Many publications have their own submission requirements, so you
should write first and ask for the specifics (you can get the
addresses for your favorite travel magazines inside the covers).
The Writers Market is a book that can be purchased at your local
bookstore and will give you names and specifications for many
publications. Other sites for you to check out are The Freelance
Journal at http://login.eunet.no/~trondhu/,
Freelance Online at www.freelanceonline.com.
also interviews in www.getthatgig.com of career people in the
media industry. Check them out in the media category. They work
for National Geographic and Fodors.com, big names in travel literature!