Here are 8 (eight) good reasons:
1. Its a stable industry. There's a saying in the industry that goes "everyone has to eat." To this I would add "and wash their clothes and brush their teeth." Unlike some industries, such as automobiles, computers, and airlines, FMCG does not suffer from mass layoffs every time the economy starts to dip. You may put off buying a car, but you don't put off dinner. This lends FMCG a level of job security unknown in other industries.
2. Its a high profile industry. Everyone is a consumer. This makes the industry personally relevant as everyone is personally affected. Look at how many of the headlines in the papers over the past six months have been about FMCG related topics: dairy issues, protests against the genetic modification of foods, the growing problem of obesity, the Chinese milk powder recall. People get more excited about and care more deeply about the products they put in their bodies or use everyday. This can be good or bad, but it's never boring.
3. You get a depth of experience very quickly. Imagine you and a friend both go to work in sales. They take a job selling cars and make two or three sales a month if they're lucky. You take a job selling wine and sell to ten or more accounts a day. Who has more experience at the end of two years? No matter what area you want to work in, sales, marketing, operations, accounting, etc., you will get more experience in less time working in FMCG than in any other sector of the economy. Sometimes you may feel like you've been thrown in the deep end, but you will quickly gain a firm grasp of basic business skills.
4. You can get a wide range of experience. You have a wide range of choices when it comes to jobs and career paths in FMCG. You can also work for a large multinational or a small local company and everything in between. In addition, most people who have been in FMCG for any length of time have worked in a wide range of roles. The "fast moving" part of FMCG requires people who are flexible. Flexibility requires a wide toolkit and a range of experience. Progression from operations to sales to marketing are not uncommon; in smaller companies all three may occur in one role.
5. Its an industry that thrives on innovation. FMCG offers you an opportunity to express your creativity through developing new ideas for products, packaging, branding and advertising. There is a constant cycle of regular product improvements and updates as brands compete head to head on the shelf. There are also the new products that come out of nowhere to define a market
6. There are opportunities nationwide, both urban and rural. Unlike some industries that are concentrated in the major cities, FMCG offers opportunities nationwide to those that are interested. FMCG, through its connection to the primary sector, offers opportunities in smaller cities and rural areas. So the next time you are sitting in Riga, Tallinn or Vilnius traffic dreaming of a better lifestyle in Sigulda, Otepaa or Palanga, do something about it!
7. Your job can take you around the World. Baltics people are well educated and is becoming a highly respected training ground for FMCG skills and experience. There is a demand for the skills you learn here either close to home in Europe or further a field in places like the USA, Thailand or Australia. The International offices of most FMCG multinationals regularly recruit staff from all around the World, either for short projects or for longer stints.
8. Lots of choices and opportunities for advancement. It’s generally accepted in the industry that people move around. Someone takes a new role to broaden their experience in a new area and someone else takes their job. Opportunities create opportunities. So whether you're a new graduate with no idea what to do next or a experienced hand looking for a change, consider a career in the FMCG sector.
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Index and Foreword | What is FMCG? | FMCG in Baltics? | Career in FMCG? | Career in Retail? | Skills and Competencies | Menu of lecturers | 5 Day FMCG and Retail Course | Summer internships | Other forms of cooperation