- Logistics and distribution manager - manages the supply, movement, distribution and/or storage of goods and materials
- Investment banker (corporate finance) - provides investment and advisory services to client companies, institutions and governments
- Marketing executive - develops product brands using marketing and promotional campaigns. The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) field covers high-volume, low-value goods with high public visibility and a short life span, such as food, drink, confectionery, toiletries and household goods
- Human resources officer - develops, advises on and implements policies for the effective deployment of an organisation’s human resources (HR). The work may involve recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations and discipline, pay and conditions, departmental restructuring and diversity
- Advertising account executive - works for an advertising agency that serves outside clients, acts as a link between client and agency and coordinates the client’s campaigns
- Retail merchandiser - responsible for retail product planning and works closely with buying teams to forecast trends, plan stock levels and monitor performance
- Banker - provides financial services to individual and business customers including: bank accounts, cash handling, cheque clearing, credit and debit cards, loans and mortgages, foreign currency, and insurance products
- Sales executive - maximises sales of a company’s goods or services in designated markets at home or overseas. Opportunities include those in FMCG, consumer durables (e.g. clothing, footwear, domestic equipment, toys) and in specialist industrial supply
- Public relations account executive - manages the dissemination of information between an organisation and its public gaining exposure for an organisation or individual with their intended audiences through news items, without necessarily advertising
- Retail manager - responsible for running stores or departments to meet company’s targets and policies. Depending on the size of the store, and company structure, retail managers may also be required to deal with human resources, marketing, logistics, information technology, customer service and finance
Current Issues in the Industry
Employers often expect graduates to be commercially aware and will expect you to keep up to date on the latest issues affecting the industry. They may even ask you questions at interview that will 'test' your commercial awareness and knowledge. To keep abreast of the issues affecting your chosen industry read the industry specific trade papers and refer to the professional associations web pages listed.
Trade papers and Professional Associations
As well as advertising vacancies, trade papers and professional associations can help you to keep up to date with the industry news and can even help you to identify organisations to whom you could make speculative job applications. Some of these have websites with job vacancy listings and also a 'directory of members' which can prove to be effective sources of information on companies to whom you may want to target a speculative application.