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What makes a marketer? Development of 'marketing professional identity' among marketing graduates during early career experiences

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A sample of marketing graduates was surveyed to identify the factors that caused some of them to feel that they had become 'professional marketers' consequent to their early experiences of work in graduate marketing positions. A model of the possible determinants of the form of 'workplace identity' that a marketing graduate would assume was developed and tested. The model hypothesised that: (i) a firm's approaches to training and management development, mentoring, appraisal and reward; (ii) the natures of the tasks allocated to graduate marketing recruits and the task culture prevailing within an enterprise; and (iii) specific characteristics of the individual employee affected the emergence of particular types of workplace identity. Levels of each category of professional identity observed among the sample members were then correlated with job and organisational satisfaction and commitment, self-assessed operational performance, and intention to remain with an enterprise.

Keywords: job satisfaction; management development; marketing graduates; mentoring; professional identity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: London Metropolitan University, UK

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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