January 29, 2005

Hmmm...this changes things a bit

I don't know how I feel about this. P & G (Proctor and Gamble) is buying Gillette. P & G is already huge in the consumer products world. Now...they will be the LARGEST consumer products company in the world. That's good for P&G, it's good for Gillette. Not so good for people like me.

Let me explain. I work in consumer products. I love it. Love, Love, Love. I enjoy the study of demographics, consumer spending patterns, retail execution....all of it. I especially love that realm of consumer products. Quick turns, meaning that the product sells quickly, and is bought often. You buy a lot more Tide than you do mattresses. It's exciting, it's competitive, its, well....fun.

I really would love to get back into that side of consumer products. I miss that competition, I miss that excitement. I've applied at P & G. Can't get an interview with them.

They often recruit directly from college campuses. They require a college degree. I've had to suspend my education. I'm in my senior year, and can't really work at it right now, given my location and my work schedule.

This makes the playing field much smaller for those of us that want to be in this particular game.

Well shoot. I'll have to keep my eye on this.

Posted by Tammi at January 29, 2005 08:04 AM

Most all colleges offer on-line classes now.

So location is taken care of.

I actually perfer the on-line classes now instead of having to drag my butt to a class. It's almost work at your own pace even though you have weekly assignments.

Posted by: Machelle at January 29, 2005 02:44 PM

I've looked into that. But...I went to a private Mennonite college and many of the classes I was forced to take, as well as my semester working as a missionary (required) would not transfer. That means I lose almost 1/2 of my credits. Plus...I'm in my senior year with them - so very close. (and I just heard they closed the sat. branch in Sarasota) I'd basically have to start over. That puts me about 4 years out - best case scenerio. THAT puts me at an age where most companies won't hire me. (yes, that STILL happens.) My best hope is to find a company that values experience (and offers a normal work schedule) and THEN go back and do it right.

I'm tellin' you - hindsight is 20/20. WHAT was I thinkin' when I left?!?!?! *hitting self on forehead*

Posted by: Tammi at January 31, 2005 10:28 AM