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How to Become an Advertising Professional

Though highly competitive, the advertising profession welcomes people from all backgrounds and with all types of specialized skills. Whether you possess the overall talent to build a career as an advertising executive or you desire a rewarding, challenging job as a traffic manager, the right training can connect you to the best job opportunities in the business.

Many colleges and universities offer degrees in advertising. By blending the very best courses from business schools and communications departments, advertising programs can expose you to the rules and routines of Madison Avenue. Most advertising courses simulate real world experiences, allowing you to hone your creative skills without a nervous client breathing down your neck.

Many colleges encourage advertising majors to compete against students from other schools in regional and national forums. Often sponsored by major advertising agencies, these competitions highlight mock advertising campaigns and strategies for real brands.

Throughout your college career, you can build a competitive advantage by participating in as many internships as possible. These work placement experiences, while unpaid, allow you to network with key executives and gain experience on real advertising campaigns. Regardless of where you live, you can find an advertising agency willing to take on an eager, resourceful intern.

Once you have earned a degree from an accredited college or university and you have completed one or two solid internships, you can start hunting for your first paying advertising job. Solid placement in competitions and good impressions left with internship supervisor often turn into your best leads for these usually unadvertised jobs. From there, it’s up to you to develop a lasting career as an advertising professional.

 

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