I've been asking friends & family for advice, but would like some input from like-minded business people as well.
I'm 22, have a huge passion for online marketing, but feel like I need a backup plan.
Right now I've got a decent paying job and it's a great learning experience. I'm a web/tech guy for a well-known internet marketing guru. After demonstrating a passion for marketing and willingness to learn by borrowing books and studying info-products, they've got me slowly transitioning into a better position (affiliate management, lead acquisition, etc).
I've been here for over 4 years. However, if I lose this job I'm nothing to the next company I apply at.
I've got experience, but NO DEGREE. I got this job out of high school and college was out of reach for me financially.
Here's what I'm considering:
with some smart budgeting, I could afford to put myself through community college.
If I get a degree (maybe a marketing/advertising degree), by the time I finished the degree I'd have about 7 years of experience working for a marketing company. I would be more valuable to any companies I apply to in the future.
What do you think?
My passion is online marketing and hopefully I'll be self employed one day, but if the cards don't work out in my favor I don't want to be stuck pushing a broom my entire life. I want a solid back up plan that would enable me to earn a comfortable living, even if it is made working for somebody else.
Right now I'm in sort of a slump. I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels and not working towards something bigger & better.
Everything I've ever tried to be good at in life, I've become better than the 'average' person at.
However, when I reflect on my past I realize that I was never the best, just a guy who was better than the beginners, but not able to hang with the pros, and that scares me.
I am afraid the same thing will happen with online marketing. That I'll fall short and end up just a little better than the newbies, but not able to hang with the big dogs.
If that happens, I want to know that I can apply for a JOB and still be able to support my family comfortably.
Any and all advice is welcome.
P.S - Don't get the idea that I'm some sort of negative Nancy . I'm a happy person who smiles a lot and likes to look at the bright side of things. However, I've been thinking a lot and I just want to make sure I've got a bright future ahead of me. I've been watching a lot of friends move on to bigger and better things lately and I just can't help but think - when is it my turn?
I truly feel like I was meant for something special. I consider myself blessed just to have worked for the company I work for and to experience these things and know about this little 'internet marketing world' that so many will never know.