Vector Marketing Director Counsels Students on Value of a Summer Job as Career Stepping Stone

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It's never too early to start thinking about your career. And those who are serious will start the process with summer employment.

High school and college students should consider summer jobs or internships that will help them investigate interests and determine strengths and weaknesses as a worker. It's especially valuable if the job builds tangible skills that can help in a career

    That's the advice of Sarah Baker Andrus, director of academic programs for Vector Marketing, the direct sales division of Cutco Cutlery, the largest kitchen cutlery manufacturer in North America. Andrus recently discussed this topic on the American Marketing Association's Marketing News Radio, an Internet radio show that features forward-thinking topics and issues.

"High school and college students should consider summer jobs or internships that will help them investigate interests and determine strengths and weaknesses as a worker. It's especially valuable if the job builds tangible skills that can help in a career," said Andrus. "Today's job environment is competitive, so it's important that students at all levels get experience that distinguishes them from other candidates.

"Corporate recruiters are looking for tangible, measurable proof of your capabilities, and choosing the right summer job can give you just that."

Cutco sells products through its national network of college students who sell through in-home demonstrations. Through training and work experience, they learn a range of skills that help them pursue careers. These include:

-- Presenting themselves professionally

-- Demonstrating product value

-- Building customer base

-- How to work for commission

-- Organization/time management

Andrus has first-hand experience in seeing how this approach to summer work can lead to careers.

"I encourage students to avoid the temptation to simply work for a paycheck. Consider what the work will offer in terms of building professional skills. These skills are valuable whether students pursue a career with Vector Marketing or in other industries," added Andrus. "Many of our reps have sold Cutco for years and then transitioned into other careers because of the skills they developed with us."

About Cutco Cutlery and Vector Marketing

Cutco Cutlery is a 59-year-old company with headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Olean, New York. Vector Marketing is the company's sales division, which trains and coordinates the activities of the direct sales force of college students.

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