"Network, network, network!! It's so important to build relationships especially with people in fields you're interested in. Schedule phone calls, zoom meetings, grab coffee -- you want it to be personal."
My career roadmap has been somewhat defined.
Managed a Facebook page at 14 years old and grew it's audience to about 50k likes.
Took a Career Exploration course at COC and researching majors and transfer courses.
Presented a Marketing Plan and Sales Pitch at VE Trade Fair.
Graduated from AOC and COC with an AA in Liberal Arts with Emphasis on Social Science.
Competed in the Bentley Business Bowl Case Competition and placed as a Finalist.
Became Creative Director of the South Asian Student Association and designed flyers, social content, and experiential marketing.
Interned with First Aid Beauty and got an in-depth look into influencer marketing, content production, and product development.
Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway
DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
International Club at AOC
Virtual Enterprise at AOC
Sociology Club at COC
Volunteered with the COC Foundation and networked with COC Alumni and Board Members
DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER
Joined South Asian Student Association at my university and served as PR Chair and Creative Director for the org
Interned with 2 start ups throughout my freshman and sophomore years
Board Member for Association of Bentley Activities, where I approved the formation new 10 new orgs on campus
Interned with a prestige beauty brand and worked with Influencers
What I'm currently doing/hope to do
After graduating with my degree in Marketing, I entered the workforce in the world of advertising. I currently work as a Media Buyer at an agency where I work with an entertainment studio as my client. As a media buyer, I negotiate with media outlets on behalf of my client to place ads on a multitude of television networks. My day to day involves collaborating with internal strategy teams, the client, and working with various vendors in order to execute a media plan. While I work in media advertising, my background comes from social media marketing and digital marketing as I've completed internships focusing on these areas throughout my college career.
How to maximize my time in high school?
Advice #1: Network, network, network!! It's so important to build relationships especially with people in fields you're interested in. Schedule phone calls, zoom meetings, grab coffee -- you want it to be personal.
Advice #2: Utilize LinkedIn to make networking easier. You can connect with people from companies you're interested in to gain perspective and build your network.
Advice #3: Create a portfolio. If you're interested in the creative side of marketing or if you're applying to colleges, compile all your projects into a website. Your projects are your own and will set you apart from other candidates.
Advice #4: Get certified! There are so many free resources to learn more about different aspects of marketing. Hubspot is a free resource you can take advantage of.