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A concentration in marketing provides you with the knowledge and skills to perform a variety of essential strategic business activities such as consumer needs assessment, marketing research, sales forecasting, product management, new product development, pricing, distribution, integrated marketing communications, and strategic market planning.
Nature of work & types of jobs:
Positions of Recent Grads:
There are many different areas in the field of marketing, some career paths include:
Product Management is typically responsible for sales, forecasting, a strategic planning of products, product development, and scheduling branding of products based on market research and consumer needs assessment.
Market Research is responsible for identifying key aspects of consumer behaviour such as what motivates consumers, what their needs and purchasing habits are, etc. Market researchers use surveys, studies, and focus groups to collect data on a brand’s target. They should have both qualitative and quantitative analytical ability in order to interpret the results.
Brand Managers are responsible for a brand or a brand family and must find ways to instill the brand’s essence, analyze the competitive landscape in the brand’s category, identify market opportunities, and communicate the unique benefits the product delivers to consumers.
Public Relations & Communications: Organizations need to effectively communicate their mission, initiative, goals, and important events to employees, consumers, business partners, and the general public. Public Relations personnel are responsible for managing communications with the media (i.e. press releases, conferences, newsletters, etc.) and representing the organization (i.e. at industry conferences, when responding to inquiries or media reports, etc.).
Consultants help companies with market entry strategies, product positioning studies, and market segmentation analysis. They conduct research for strategic purposes and make recommendations based on their findings.
Professional Selling: Salespeople enjoy considerable flexibility in their job, are among the highest paid individuals in any organization, and frequently have opportunities for advancement to management because of the skills they develop negotiating with people, and the knowledge they gain concerning the company’s products, competitors, and external environment. Students in the BBA program, with the correct course selections, an earn Professional Sales Certificate from the Canadian Professional Sales Association.
Courses at Brock
A concentration in Marketing develops your skills in market research, consumer behaviour, business-to-business marketing, services marketing, international marketing, and marketing management. Upper-year courses offered at Brock include:
You can put your marketing skills to the test by participating in case competitions such as DECA U or JDC Central.
Both work and volunteer experience can help you gain the necessary skills to get a job in the marketing field.
Recommended Clubs on Campus:
Associations, Volunteer Organizations, and Other Resources:
You are also encouraged to attend the following events, hosted by the BCDO:
Did You Know…
The BCDO hires a volunteer Marketing & Promotions Assistant to assist with marketing activities in our office. The position is posted in February each year on our job board.