Navigating Your Career

Erinn Dumas is a self-proclaimed marketing and communications guru.

Whether you’re about to enter into the workforce or a few years into your career, you always have to navigate your career; direct your career down the path that you want it to go.

As a senior in high school and throughout my undergraduate college career, I was fortunate enough to have an internship in the marketing communications field, which whetted my enthusiasm for my future career. I took that internship and molded it into an 8+ year career in the marketing communications field. I’ve working in a variety of different fields, but my goal has always been the same – to be a marketing executive. So my career path has always been to gain more exposure in the various facets of the field, that way I have a more well-rounded experience. In addition to the work experience, I obtained a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, coupled with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

Now, not everyone’s experience will be the same. It’s very typical for people to major in one thing in undergrad and then have a career in a completely different field. But one thing that you have to keep in mind is the direction of your career. You may want to be the President of the United States. You may want to make partner at a prestigious law firm. No matter your current college major or current career path, never lose sight of your goal. Keep that goal in the forefront of your mind, use the skills you have to help you get there, and direct your path.

As a career professional, I know what it can be like to lose focus and allow life to dictate your path, but don’t let it. Remember, you create your career destiny.

For example, I have a best friend that studied Mass Communications (Mass Comm.) in undergrad and went on to get her MBA. In undergrad, she always thought that she was going into the Public Relations field, but her career path led her to teaching, a field she’s been in for the last 7 years. But she’s using her teaching skills, things she learned from Mass Comm, and her MBA to help her start her non-profit. Her life-long goal was to be a counselor of sorts, and it will be through her organization that she will fulfill that lifetime goal. Knowingly and unbeknownst to her, her career choices will help her fulfill her lifelong goal.

Think of the lifelong goal of the founders of Queen to Queen, Inc. They dreamed of an organization of this capacity. This organization had to be their overall mission in life and I’m sure they had to direct their career path in order to get to this point. They probably took certain classes in undergrad or after words and networked with other people to make this dream a reality.

Other things that may assist you in this process include:

  • Doing freelance work
  • Earning an advanced degree or additional certifications
  • Finding a new job
  • Getting a mentor
  • Starting your own business
  • Volunteering

As you complete your collegiate career, or make that next career choice, direct your career and perfect your path to greatness.

Be blessed. Be Queens.