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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So Turns Out I'm Not Cut Out for Accounting

Surprise, surprise.

Last week Tepper sent out their COC Summer Action Items.  And I have to admit that I have a lot on my plate in the next couple of months in terms of narrowing the scope of where I will be casting my line during recruiting season.  And this scares me.  I'm not the most committed person.  Don't get me wrong, I can dedicate myself to a project with the best of them.  I'm tenacious, hard working, and relentless with a goal at hand.  I just LOATHE having limited options.  I'm always second-guessing myself, especially when it comes to my career trajectory; I feel like I really blew it in undergrad, and constantly fear that I'm going to position myself down the wrong course.  But then again, some times you just have to close your eyes and jump and hope for the best.

Anyways....I'm getting off topic.

I took the COC's CareerLeader test, and about 500 questions later I'm told that my temperament and goals best suit a career in the following fields:

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 99

ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT 99

MARKETING AND MARKETING MANAGEMENT 99

LAW 96

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT 94

MANAGEMENT OF NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 90

SECURITIES TRADING 87

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING 82


Not surprising, Accounting scored a whopping 1.  LOL.

Now, right off the bat, I know I would HATE PR.  So I'm not sure how much credence to give this test.  But Advertising, Marketing, and Product Development are right up my creative alley.  Consulting has also been sitting on the back burner (though I'm a little trepidatious about the hours and travel).  I'm still confused how Law and Real Estate got thrown into the mix.  And I don't think I have the constitution to stomach Securities Trading.  That said, I'm also a little worried diving deeper into the metrics of each.  My creative score was off the charts for each one, but with all the other valuations I was significantly under par.  "No, I do not enjoy ordering people around or giving speeches to a room of angry investors."  Does anyone?  Apparently.  Which begs the question: How did I score 99s in the first 3?  Hopefully, my COC advisor will be able to clear up the confusion.

After digging around on Wetfeet.com for a while and reading (skimming) through the recommended profiles, I have loosely deduced the following:

These jobs I would find enjoyable, are in my wheelhouse, make decent money, and I could see myself doing for a long time:

Brand Manager

Creative Specialist - MBA not necessarily required
Advertising Account Manager

Marketing Consultant

Market Researcher

Management Consultant - MAYBE

Granted I already have a general direction of where I think I will be headed when BaseCamp starts, but  I'm also leaving myself totally open to other possibilities, of having my interest piqued, maybe, just maybe, by Supply Chain Management.

That was a joke.  I would hate SCM.  And the "2" I scored will attest to that.

After having completed the CareerLeader, I feel both confused and clearer about my goals, if that makes any sense.  I know I'm a hyper creative person, and that I will probably only thrive in a position that allows me to really showcase that large segment of my personality.  However, I have so many people telling me that Consulting is the fast track to success, that basically after 2-3 years you can do whatever you want, especially if picked up by one of the top 4 firms.  And I do love challenges, a variety of work experiences, and solving complex problems.  It's the downsides that really worry me, ie: no life.

I do have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised to hear that there is an actual position titled "Marketing Consultant."  Early on, I hunted, searched, and quizzed everyone I could to see if there was such a thing, and everyone said that in Consulting you get the projects you're given and that there's no picking and choosing.  Turns out that one can focus solely on Marketing projects, however it seems that this comes later on in one's career after demonstrated successes.

Next task.....  Filtering my resume through Tepper's template.  As a career switching Theater major, this should be fun.

*Mental note to self: sound less jaded in these posts.
 


1 comment:

  1. I had a similar problem. I found it was best to eliminate those jobs/areas that I didn't want to do than try to narrow down what I wanted to do. The first two minis will also not help in that regard since you're being introduced to a core knowledge structure. However, Consulting and Marketing clubs, as well as your career counsellor, will advise you to conduct informational interviews with alumni in industries and roles that are interesting to you.

    Also - check out the Innovation and Product Development track. It's a design-focused track that's pretty interesting

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