In your mind, this can be considered internship or the age old “apprenticeship.” Not a bad way to get a career education. Whether you have an academic credential or not – don’t assume you won’t have to pay the toll to get into a field you like.
Appreciate the opportunity to earn your stripes and to understand what makes the industry tick by starting at the bottom. In fact, this is actually where much of “the work” gets done.
Think of it this way, would you hire a housekeeper that has never actually cleaned a house, even though they studied housekeeping? Especially in a fast-moving industry where technology or the state-of-the-art is relevant – experience or the willingness to get it – may speak louder than academic education.
Generally an employee with a great attitude who invests in their employment and creates success will earn a path to advancement. Use the concept of apprenticeship to build your career even if you are not young, as it applies at any age when you move into a field in which you have little prior experience.
Marianne Mohr is a retired investor and business consultant from Southern California and currently Advertising Director at MTD Media. Reach her at 575-937-4015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.