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What is Marketing?

Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.

Marketing aims to improve the public perception of an organisation, product, or service. Marketers seek to increase brand awareness – to develop a relationship between the public and the product in question. A satisfied customer is more likely to show brand loyalty – the Holy Grail of profitability for companies.

What Courses Are Available?

Marketing courses teach students the practical knowledge and skills to design, implement, and manage marketing plans. Third-level courses are available at Levels 6, 7, and 8. Marketing is also a core subject on general business courses.

Students on degree courses will cover subjects such as:

  • Theories & Strategies
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods
  • Accounting
  • Communication Studies

In addition, industry-specific courses are available in areas such as Retail Management (DIT), Food (UCC), and Tourism (DIT/Waterford IT).

Furthermore, PLC courses give students a good understanding of the basic principles. Typical subjects in a one-year Level 5 certificate include Behavioural Studies,  Statistics and Customer Service.

Career Options

Every company or organisation has an interest in publicising its activities, products, or services. As a results, graduates can find work in a huge variety of business sectors. Many big companies have marketing departments. There are also a number of dedicated agencies in Ireland. Other organisations – from charities to government agencies to sporting bodies – also employ marketers.

Many graduates start off in related areas such as telemarketing, sales, or public relations, before moving to a dedicated marketer position. Some large companies employ graduates and provide on-the-job graduate training programmes. As careers progress, marketers may move into senior management positions within companies and organisations.

Research plays a key role in marketing. Researchers test new products or ideas using focus groups as well as surveys. They collect and analyse the data before launching a new product. Marketing executives might then organise the product launch as well as work on its advertising and promotional campaign.

Ideally, you will need an outgoing personality. This is because conducting presentations and communicating with the public are key elements of the job.

Related Jobs

Some careers you could pursue:

  • Advertising account manager
  • Arts agent/promoter
  • Exhibition organiser/event manager
  • Market researcher
  • Marketing executive
  • Media buyer/planner
  • Political lobbyist
  • Press officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Social Researcher


What skills are required to succeed in marketing?

Skills such as working with others, communicating effectively, solving problems using creative and analytical thinking, along with traits such as initiative and a desire to attain personal and organizational goals are valuable in most marketing jobs.

Where Can I Study Marketing?

Explore your options here.

Did you know?

According to Laura Egendorf’s book Advertising, the average American child watches 40,000 television commercials in a year – that’s over 100 a day! is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level as well as providing information about career paths and directions.
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