12th Mar 2012 12:40am | By Editor
Whether you’re gagging to earn the big bucks, trying to secure sponsorship, or simply want to get out and about, working in marketing or promotions could be for you. ANDREW WESTBROOK investigates.
Have you ever wondered where all the Aussies are?
Travellers can all too easily spend their lives hopping from plane to bus to hostel, seeing all the amazing sights this fine land has to offer.
But as great as all the people are that you meet from Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany, France or wherever else, you’re kinda missing out on something if you don’t get to really understand the locals.
Which is where working comes in – there’s nothing quite like a craving for cash to help throw you in at the deep end.
But while many travellers end up settling for fun but not not-so-financially rewarding hospitality jobs, or dull office positions that Aussies don’t want to do, there is a way to have the best of both worlds.
Positions in marketing and promotions have the potential to earn you some seriously good money, plus they’re generally a laugh and, if you’re any good, the long- term prospects are great.
Just ask Roshan Ramnarain. He’s national operations manager of recruitment agency Smart. He’s also an Aussie... Well, he is now.
He started out six years ago as a sales rep and an English backpacker.
He insists there’s still plenty on offer for anyone with a fun and outgoing personality who’s willing to learn.
“Actually, there has never been a better time for the industry,” he says.
“There are plenty of opportunities out there and plenty of companies looking to bolster their teams with young, vibrant and outgoing travellers willing to give 100 per cent and earn some
“Most roles offer the opportunity to work and travel across the country with accommodation and travel included.”
And if that wasn’t good enough, it seems that if you can talk the talk you could soon be laughing the laugh.
While experience and a degree will ease the route to a leadership role, there’s still plenty on offer to those without any qualifications or experience as most companies provide on-the-job training.
There’s also a big variety of roles. “We offer field promotions in residential neighbourhoods, both locally and also through road trips (lots of fun and a great way to see the country) as well as sporting events, festivals and shopping centre promotions,” says Ramnarain.
Pay is generally commission-based, sometimes with an hourly rate combined.