Do you enjoy working with people, have an interest in human psychology, possess strong communication skills, have a desire to learn continually, and enjoy a goal oriented environment? If yes, there is a chance you might really enjoy a career in Marketing and/or Sales. Similarly, you might also have an interest in a career in insurance, which utilizes much of the same skill set as jobs in sales and marketing.
As there are sales and marketing roles within almost every organization, the industry options are almost endless. For example, the following jobs are sales or marketing related opportunities:
- Sales Consultant – Unum
- Account Executive Intern – Rosetta
- Business Development Associate – Liquid Wireless
- User Operations Analyst – Facebook
- Sales Development Specialist – Linkedin
- Summer Marketing Internship – Taft and Partners
As you explore marketing and sales careers be sure to leverage Vault. Vault.com Guides are amongst the strongest industry-specific tools on the market and available to you as a Bowdoin student for FREE.
Todd Herrmann advises students interested in Marketing, Sales, Technology and Insurance.
Make an appointment with Todd by calling (207) 725-3717 or filling out our online appointment request form.
Good marketing is part art, and part science.
The goal of marketing is often to increase sales of a product or service, or to create or enhance a public image for an organization or cause. Sound Fun?!
- Have you noticed the emotional connection you associate with certain companies’ products and services?
- Have you noticed that you find certain consumer product packaging strangely “attractive”?
- Did you notice that your 3-year-old cousin can identify a Best Buy or Walmart sign, and they can’t read?
From market research, to brand management, to direct marketing, to product management, to search engine optimization, to public relations, there are a multitude of job functions and areas of expertise that help an organization be successful. With pressure for growth and the constant evolution of technology, these are exciting times to be involved with marketing.
For a primer on the field, be sure to read the Vault Career Guides for Marketing and Brand Management and review the different facets of marketing.
Another resource, Marketing Degree Today, gives a great overview of the Career Opportunities in Marketing with a brief overview of all the potential entry-level roles an aspiring liberal arts candidate might encounter.
Consider checking out CareersInMarketing.com for a ton of information.
Gaining experience in marketing while still a student at Bowdoin College will greatly improve your ability to land a full time opportunity upon graduation. It is also critical to helping you determine what job functions in the field or industries you might enjoy and decide to pursue. There is no better substitute for gaining perspective than experience.
- Take advantage of your breaks and summers and seek out internship opportunities as well as shadowing opportunities.
- One should consider taking on marketing responsibilities for clubs and organizations that you are involved in.
- Seek out student employment opportunities that allow you to develop different marketing related skills.
- Look for local marketing employment opportunities with local organizations or companies that will support remote access arrangements.
- Educate yourself and learn about the field by monitoring and reviewing industry web sites and blogs.
American Association of Advertising Agencies
American Marketing Association
Market Research Industry Online
New York AMA
O’Dwyer’s PR/Marketing Communications Website
Public Relations Society of America
Job Boards for Marketing Opportunities
Advertising Age – Job Bank
American Marketing Association – Job Listings
Business Marketing Association – Job Board
Direct Marketing Association Job Center
Market Research Vacancies
Market Research Jobs
Public Relations Society of America-Job Center
Target Marketing Job Listing
Marketing ConsultingFirms often retain marketing consultants as they evaluate avenues for business growth. Marketing consultants help their clients better understand customer needs, define distinct target markets, realign pricing, revamp brand strategy, and manage marketing initiatives.Firms offering advertising and marketing consulting services include:
Bain & Company
Simon, Kucher & Partners
You love math, so why not search for a career in mathematics? You could be a statistician, an accountant, an analyst, an estimator or a teacher. You could become an architect, an engineer, or an actuary. If you think that you might be interested in a mathematics-based career, you might first try out a math-related summer internship.
The Career Cornerstone Center is a good place to go if you’re beginning to explore options in mathematics. The website offers links to learn more about various careers in math, statistics and actuarial science. Other sites for conducting math-related career research include the American Mathematical Society and BeAnActuary.org.
Take a look at the Summer Programs in Math page.
REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) or SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) programs look great on your resume and will help you get into graduate school or land a good job. Choose 5-10 programs all over the country to increase your chances of being selected. Many of the deadlines are in December, January, February and March. For a fairly comprehensive list of programs visit Pathways to Science.
Lean on your Math Professors
Your professors will have ideas about possible summer opportunities. Be clear about your interests when talking with them:
- “I want to go to graduate school in mathematics to be a ___. What do you recommend that I pursue this summer?” OR
- “I know that I want to work in business. Do you know of anybody that I can speak with who’s in the accounting industry?”
Consider applying for a Clare Booth Luce or Maine Space Grant Fellowship.
Institutional Fellowships at Bowdoin
A few of Bowdoin’s institutional fellowship programs through the Office of Student Fellowships and Research apply to mathematics majors: Institutional Fellowships with Fall and Spring Deadlines. See also: Bowdoin Mini Grants for Research
Interested in Statistics?
The Joint Program in Survey Methodology – Junior Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for students to connect with other like-minded individuals from across the country to work at a variety of Federal Statistical Agencies in Washington, D.C. See Prof. Tabak for more information.
Math Career Links
A great place to start when you are beginning to explore links in your field are any of the websites of the national or international associations related to your course of academic study.
American Mathematical Society (AMS) Scroll down the page for internship and job links.
Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and see also the MAA’s Math Classifieds
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
American Statistical Association (ASA)
National Council of Teachers in Mathematics
National Security Agency
Programs geared especially towards women interested in mathematics
Association for Women in Mathematics
Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates
University research programs
Park City Mathematics Institute
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton University)
Mathematics and Statistics Programs at Miami University of Ohio
Mathematical Bio sciences Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Research Opportunities at Bowdoin
Research in Industrial Projects at UCLA
Internships at Google (See Professor Taback for more information)
If you’re interested in teaching, see also: Math For America.
A career in sales might not have been on your mind when you applied to Bowdoin College. Even if you don’t think you want to have a “career” in sales, gaining sales experience will help you develop skills that you will need to leverage in any career. Why? Sales is about people: listening, teaching, learning, problem solving, communicating, leading, persuading, relationship building etc. Chances are that as a Bowdoin grad you possess the ability to thrive in a sales capacity professionally. Your communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, natural motivation, and ability to learn quickly and adapt will give you an edge.
Sales jobs take on many forms. Fundraiser for a nonprofit, real estate agent, account executive for a software company, inside sales representative for a solar energy parts company are all examples of sales positions.
Review the Vault guide on Sales to learn more about the industry and profession.
Sales Career Links
A great place to start when you are beginning to explore a potential field is the websites serving individuals in the profession. If you’re planning or exploring a career in sales, it’s worthwhile to frequent these sites.
Selling Power: Based on the magazine available at most book stores. The site offers a plethora of free online videos, audio downloads and articles about sales challenges facing sales professionals.
SalesPractice: Hosts one of the oldest and most respected sales forums for professionals.
Insurance is everywhere. It is likely the most ubiquitous contractual agreement in the world. In the U.S., every car we see is mandated to be insured; every building open to the public is, too. Businesses insure their property, operations and personnel against loss. Individuals use forms of insurance to protect their income and secure their future and that of their families. With this much insurance in our society, is it any wonder that there are 14 insurance companies in the Fortune 100?In the insurance world you will find many of the job descriptions you’d find in other major business. There is sales, marketing, product development, HR, finance and administrative support. There are also a number of positions unique to insurance such as claims, actuarial and underwriting responsibilities.
A great breakdown and overview of the positions one might find in the Insurance industry can be found at the Vault.com Industries section. Reading job descriptions on eBear and LACN search engine is also a great way to become acquainted with Insurance jobs. Keyword ‘Insurance’ on the Jobs page and see what comes up.
By googling insurance jobs, you’ll be offered a host of search engines that let you search by many criteria, including state you’d like to work in, level of experience, type of work within the field and type of insurance. On most of these sites you can create a search agent to send you jobs that match the criteria you’re interested in. This can also be done on eBear to alert you of new positions as they are added.
The Alumni Database and LinkedIn are brimming with hundreds of Bowdoin alumni who would gladly give you some time for a networking discussion or informational interview. Please refer to the Networking and Using BCAN guides to help you get started.
Bowdoin Career Planning regularly posts positions from such leading insurance providers as Unum, Liberty Mutual, Prudential, Travelers, General Reinsurance and others.
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