How to become a marketing executive
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
Employers recruit from a range of subjects. Relevant courses include a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- marketing communications
- business and management
It may be possible to study The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualifications alongside your degree through the Graduate Gateway programme.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can get into this role through a marketing assistant advanced apprenticeship, or higher apprenticeship as a marketing executive.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could join a company's marketing department as an administrator or assistant. This could give you enough experience to work your way up to become a marketing executive.
You could get good, basic experience and marketing skills by volunteering for a charity and helping with their social media and events communications.
You can apply directly to employers if you've got business and marketing skills. You may get these through jobs like sales, customer service or public relations work. Some employers may ask for a degree qualification though it's not always essential.
You can also get a communications qualification from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
These qualifications are not essential but they may give you an advantage when applying for jobs. You can also complete qualifications like these while working to help you get ahead in your career.
Professional and industry bodies
You can find out more about becoming a marketing executive from The Chartered Institute of Marketing.