My Education: BS in Business, Cornell University
My Prior Experience: N/A (first job out of college)
My Company: I work for an organization that produces media for educators to use in teaching.
Job/Career Overview: In my job I must analyze the market, come up with ideas for new products, and assist in creating prototypes that will be produced.
First, I do consumer research into what types of products and resources will be useful for customers that have previously purchased my company's products. Then, I consider new markets of consumers that might want to use our existing products or new similar products.
I work with a small team to create new products that are similar to things we already have. Sometimes we just edit the content of one thing (such as a DVD), but other times we will create a whole new product line that is complementary to things we already have.
While my job is more involved with coming up with new ideas rather than execution, I still need to create plans and think through how the new products will be produced and what resources are needed to do so.
I rate this career 9 out of 10.
The best part of my career is that I get to work in a small team and interact with my customers often. I get to listen to people's real world problems and come up with product solutions to help them out. My job involves creativity and thinking and is never boring.
Sometimes this can be the worst part too - it can be tough to come up with solutions at times, and it can be frustrating when a project I spent a lot of time working on ultimately fails as a product.
1. Take a variety of classes in college to teach you how to think in different ways. Even if you never use the material you learn in an advanced math class or a literature class, learning how to problem solve and analyze are transferable skills.
2. Networking is a useful skill - and not just to get a job. Bringing in new clients is vital, and being a strong networker helps you make the connections you need to do so.
3. Make yourself invaluable to the company by coming up with strong ideas and working well in your team. If you can't work with the rest of the group and don't contribute, you will not be an effective worker.