What is the next generation of marketing leaders curious about?

Instead of asking them, they asked me. But I have some questions for them in return.

Last week, I joined my alma mater Binghamton University for their Networking Night where students pull up a virtual seat at the virtual tables of real, live alumni in various fields. I got to hear what’s on students’ minds.

The night is a career fair designed to provide directional guidance, rather than a job fair where employers and candidates connect about specific roles. Even virtually, you can quickly tell which students are thinking about a job and which are thinking about their careers.

This isn’t just any event. It used to be held in person, and I first attended it during my senior year of college. I was graduating with a BA in Psychology and thought I might wind up teaching. By the time I left the event, I was inspired to try to land a writing job in digital media, and it led me to where I am today.

This event is bigger for me than the Consumer Electronics Show and South by Southwest combined, so I always try to return. I don’t know if I’ve inspired more students than I’ve scared out of marketing careers, but the university keeps saving a seat for me anyway.

So, what’s on students’ minds?

Here are the top 10 questions students asked me during the event, in no particular order:

  1. How did you go from a psychology major into the marketing field?
  2. What’s your day-to-day job like?
  3. Can you share your email address?
  4. What do you do?
  5. What got you into this kind of work?
  6. Should I look for an internship right now or apply for jobs?
  7. Would I be able to grab your email?
  8. Are there any must-take classes?
  9. How can I merge my interests in two different fields?
  10. Do you have an email or LinkedIn?

Some of those made for a good start. Few students fully took advantage of the five or ten minutes they spent at the table – or a bit longer if they listened to someone else’s exchange with me.

I love questions, so much that when I returned to Binghamton in 2013 to give a commencement address, it was all about the question, “What are you making of yourself?”

I’ve also written lists full of questions. Sometime during the pandemic – don’t even ask me which year, because we can just call it the 20Covids at this point – I shared some slides full of 100+ questions to ask when exploring a new marketing role. You can find it at bit.ly/serialqs.

For anyone reading this who may find themselves attending such a fair or knows someone who will, here are the top questions that no one asked – but I wish they did:

  1. Why did you enter the marketing field?
  2. What is the hardest part about your job?
  3. Have you ever been tempted to change careers?
  4. What does a win look like for you in your current job?
  5. How do you currently measure the success of your work?
  6. In what ways did your alma mater prepare you for the workforce?
  7. What do you wish you did differently in college that would have prepared you better for your career?
  8. What annoys you most about your job or career?
  9. How can I best stand out among all the job applicants that I’m competing with?
  10. Is there anyone you know of who might be able to provide me more information about [a certain company, role, career path, etc]?

Some of the questions show you’re curious to learn more about the person.

Some of the questions show you’re curious to learn more about the craft.

Some of the questions show you’re fearless enough to ask tough questions.

And the last question shows you don’t just want to learn about marketing; you’re also learning how to sell.

What questions are on your mind lately? Ask me, or the community. I’m always here to hear your answer to one question in particular:

What are you making of yourself?


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