I have always wanted a job in advertising/pr, but when I graduated from The University of Illinois, I knew it was a highly competitive industry for people with no experience. Top Consulting was my first real job out of college, and I tell you, no other classroom; job; seminar; or learning environment would have ever given me the amount of professional, real life knowledge that I got there. I learned the value of maintaining a great attitude, building rapport with customers, closing a sale, and how to coach and develop others. No...My relationship with Top Consulting didn't turn into management, but I did get a job in the advertising industry, which is what I have always wanted to do. The skills that I learned at Top Consulting were the reason I was able to land my dream job. Any successful person will tell you that people skills are the most valuable asset to have in any business, and that is exactly what I was able to master by working with Chris and some of the other guys there. Sure, doing sales everyday can get tough, but it made me a more resilient, tough-minded individual ready to take on my advertising career. If you want a job where you sit in a cube all day, for a limited amount of money, then this is not for you. But, if you want a position that requires hard work and a student mentality with a real opportunity to advance where the payoff is UNLIMITED money-making and advancement opportunities, work here. Because, you will get exactly what you put into it. It changed my life for the better, and that is not an exaggeration, that is fact.
I have been working at TOP Consulting STL for 6 months. I didn’t know anything about this industry before I started, because I didn’t have a lot of experience outside of retail. After talking it over with my parents, I decided to accept the position as a Junior Consultant. They told me that even if it didn’t work out long term, then I would gain valuable business/sales skills. I have always been a hard worker, so I was up for the challenge. Also, I had interviewed with a few other companies that had similar structures (Management Training Programs), but they hadn't promoted anyone to management yet. TOP Consutling told me that they had promoted a manager to the Houston, Texas area, so I thought, that at least they have done it once. Since I started, I have learned about sales, training, interviewing, and leadership. They’re have been obstacles to overcome, such as tough customers, but I am making more money than I was as a retail manager. I have met some great people at leadership conferences and even won a trip to New York City, which I had never been to before. All in all, from my experience, things have been just as expected. I have learned a lot, feel more confident, and am excited about my future. Even my parents have noticed my progress. For anyone thinking about getting into this field, I would say to them, “Enjoy the ride!”
I would venture to say the experience working with Top Consulting gave me skills that you simply can't learn sitting in a class room ie. how to read people, how to communicate your point effectively, and how to have someone invest in your idea. The team at Top Consulting have a proven track record of effective training, motivating, and incredible work ethic. Also, this is a place to succeed, you must put in the work, it only works if you work with the system, and I must say, they have had tremendous success with those who work with it. One of the biggest assets however, is their leader, and is a fantastic one at that. Chris has vision, competence, and flexibility, and is eager to share his employees' successes and work with them through their shortcomings, b/c he realizes that their success is his success, and their shortcomings, are his as well. VERY few employers have mastered that art. I will say that it is very tough if you don't do well in a performance based positions. However, those who thrive in it do great. Keep up the great work, and remember to constantly instill the good values you teach to your people, that they represent something bigger than themselves, and you will continue to be successful.