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FIELD ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST, IN-DEPTH: Solar Changes Lives

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Christopher is a Field Engagement Specialist for a Solar company. Christopher goes into detail about what he likes and dislikes about his job, key career decisions he made, the growing competition in the solar industry and his work-life balance.

Degree: Production Design
Job Title: Field Engagement Specialist

Job Summary: Demonstrators and Product Promoters

Job Description

Demonstrators and product promoters create public interest in products, such as cosmetics, housewares, and food. They encourage people and stores to buy their products by showing the products to prospective customers and answering questions.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Demonstrators and product promoters usually receive on-the-job training.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Outdoor, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='13910'>saves</span> <span m='14350'>our</span> <span m='15160'>planet,</span> <span m='17190'>it</span> <span m='17360'>stops</span> <span m='17800'>fracking,</span> <span m='18700'>and</span> <span m='18860'>at</span> <span m='19010'>the</span> <span m='19090'>same</span> <span m='19420'>time,</span> <span m='19690'>it</span> <span m='19810'>saves</span> <span m='20080'>people</span> <span m='20490'>money</span> <span m='20810'>and</span> <span m='20920'>they</span> <span m='21000'>can</span> <span m='21170'>plan</span> <span m='21380'>for</span> <span m='21500'>the</span> <span m='21640'>future</span> <span m='22100'>more.</span> <span m='22530'>And</span> <span m='22720'>I</span> <span m='22790'>like</span> <span m='23240'>giving</span> <span m='23510'>that</span> <span m='23690'>knowledge</span> <span m='24060'>to</span> <span m='24180'>people.</span> <span m='24910'>I</span> <span m='24980'>like</span> <span m='25230'>what</span> <span m='25400'>we</span> <span m='25760'>all</span> <span m='25980'>say,</span> <span m='26240'>\"Knowledge</span> <span m='26630'>is</span> <span m='26720'>power,\"</span> <span m='27200'>and</span> <span m='27820'>it's</span> <span m='28060'>good</span> <span m='28330'>that</span> <span m='28530'>we</span> <span m='28670'>are</span> <span m='28830'>able</span> <span m='29310'>to</span> <span m='29440'>have</span> <span m='29680'>this</span> <span m='29740'>position</span> <span m='30190'>and</span> <span m='30370'>spread</span> <span m='30650'>the</span> <span m='30750'>word</span> <span m='31050'>to</span> <span m='31150'>everyone.</span> </p><p><span m='32210'>The</span> <span m='32360'>only</span> <span m='32680'>thing</span> <span m='33310'>I</span> <span m='33530'>dislike</span> <span m='34310'>about</span> <span m='34670'>my</span> <span m='34840'>job</span> <span m='35480'>is</span> <span m='36500'>I</span> <span m='36610'>don't</span> <span m='36870'>really</span> <span m='37180'>dislike</span> <span m='38070'>anything</span> <span m='38440'>that</span> <span m='38560'>I'm</span> <span m='38690'>doing.</span> <span m='41010'>I</span> <span m='41490'>think</span> <span m='41720'>it's</span> <span m='41910'>just</span> <span m='43480'>not</span> <span m='43930'>everyone</span> <span m='44400'>is</span> <span m='44910'>aware</span> <span m='45580'>of</span> <span m='46170'>the</span> <span m='46310'>benefits</span> <span m='46970'>of</span> <span m='47100'>solar.</span> <span m='48700'>And</span> <span m='48860'>I</span> <span m='49070'>think</span> <span m='49280'>that's</span> <span m='49580'>one</span> <span m='49790'>of</span> <span m='49890'>my</span> <span m='50040'>frustrations</span> <span m='50790'>right</span> <span m='51060'>now</span> <span m='51250'>maybe</span> <span m='51570'>because</span> <span m='52250'>I</span> <span m='52440'>want</span> <span m='52760'>everyone</span> <span m='53160'>to</span> <span m='53270'>be</span> <span m='53480'>very</span> <span m='53750'>much</span> <span m='54040'>aware</span> <span m='54570'>of</span> <span m='54690'>what</span> <span m='54880'>solar</span> <span m='55580'>is</span> <span m='55960'>and</span> <span m='56710'>the</span> <span m='56950'>benefits</span> <span m='57450'>of</span> <span m='57610'>going</span> <span m='57900'>solar.</span> <span m='58790'>But</span> <span m='58960'>obviously,</span> <span m='59520'>that's</span> <span m='59750'>why</span> <span m='59905'>I'm</span> <span m='60060'>here</span> <span m='60360'>and</span> <span m='60500'>that's</span> <span m='60680'>why</span> <span m='60840'>I'm</span> <span m='60945'>with</span> <span m='61050'>a</span> <span m='61150'>company</span> <span m='61610'>to</span> <span m='62080'>spread</span> <span m='62470'>the</span> <span m='62700'>word</span> <span m='63190'>to</span> <span m='63340'>everyone.</span> </p><p><span m='64569'>It's</span> <span m='64730'>always</span> <span m='65040'>scary</span> <span m='65570'>once</span> <span m='66040'>you</span> <span m='66450'>are--</span> <span m='67870'>I've</span> <span m='68100'>always</span> <span m='68440'>told</span> <span m='68690'>myself</span> <span m='69310'>not</span> <span m='69760'>to</span> <span m='69970'>be</span> <span m='71200'>compliant</span> <span m='72000'>with</span> <span m='72590'>what</span> <span m='72850'>I</span> <span m='72930'>have</span> <span m='73730'>and</span> <span m='74100'>always</span> <span m='75620'>step</span> <span m='75920'>out</span> <span m='76080'>of</span> <span m='76190'>my</span> <span m='76340'>box</span> <span m='76700'>and</span> <span m='76810'>trying</span> <span m='77110'>new</span> <span m='77270'>things.</span> <span m='79100'>It</span> <span m='79230'>was</span> <span m='79390'>a</span> <span m='79440'>big</span> <span m='79650'>decision</span> <span m='80070'>for</span> <span m='80210'>me</span> <span m='80400'>to</span> <span m='80520'>move</span> <span m='80710'>from</span> <span m='81060'>sales</span> <span m='81740'>into</span> <span m='82030'>marketing</span> <span m='82620'>because</span> <span m='83140'>I've</span> <span m='83440'>always</span> <span m='84580'>been</span> <span m='84730'>accustomed</span> <span m='85710'>to</span> <span m='85960'>sales.</span> <span m='87700'>I</span> <span m='87860'>know</span> <span m='88140'>so</span> <span m='88390'>much</span> <span m='88650'>about</span> <span m='88920'>it</span> <span m='89000'>already,</span> <span m='90010'>and</span> <span m='90210'>marketing</span> <span m='90650'>is</span> <span m='90760'>a</span> <span m='90820'>new</span> <span m='91010'>field</span> <span m='91360'>for</span> <span m='91550'>me,</span> <span m='91840'>and</span> <span m='92020'>that's</span> <span m='92450'>one</span> <span m='92660'>of</span> <span m='92870'>the</span> <span m='92990'>toughest</span> <span m='94120'>decisions</span> <span m='94610'>that</span> <span m='94720'>I</span> <span m='94790'>made.</span> <span m='95750'>But</span> <span m='97310'>everything</span> <span m='97780'>is</span> <span m='97890'>a</span> <span m='97940'>learning</span> <span m='98260'>curve.</span> <span m='99210'>If</span> <span m='99490'>you</span> <span m='99770'>want</span> <span m='99970'>to</span> <span m='100010'>change</span> <span m='100320'>careers,</span> <span m='101940'>you</span> <span m='102060'>should</span> <span m='102300'>be</span> <span m='102450'>willing</span> <span m='102800'>to</span> <span m='102880'>put</span> <span m='103060'>in</span> <span m='103150'>the</span> <span m='103270'>time,</span> <span m='104080'>the</span> <span m='104180'>energy,</span> <span m='104950'>and</span> <span m='105130'>the</span> <span m='105220'>workload.</span> </p><p><span m='107010'>The</span> <span m='107110'>competition's</span> <span m='107780'>get</span> <span m='107990'>a</span> <span m='108060'>little</span> <span m='108320'>tighter.</span> <span m='111320'>With</span> <span m='111610'>Sungevity,</span> <span m='112480'>it's</span> <span m='112770'>not</span> <span m='113050'>that</span> <span m='113200'>hard.</span> <span m='113850'>I</span> <span m='114120'>didn't</span> <span m='114380'>have</span> <span m='114640'>any</span> <span m='114880'>solar</span> <span m='115290'>background.</span> <span m='116240'>I</span> <span m='117090'>didn't</span> <span m='117310'>have</span> <span m='117500'>a</span> <span m='117550'>degree</span> <span m='118030'>when</span> <span m='118230'>it</span> <span m='118320'>comes</span> <span m='118850'>to</span> <span m='119290'>clean</span> <span m='119790'>energy.</span> <span m='120860'>I</span> <span m='121070'>obviously</span> <span m='122130'>have</span> <span m='122360'>a</span> <span m='122420'>degree</span> <span m='122790'>in</span> <span m='122900'>production</span> <span m='123370'>design,</span> <span m='123570'>which</span> <span m='123880'>is</span> <span m='124720'>bachelor</span> <span m='125400'>of</span> <span m='125530'>arts.</span> </p><p><span m='127300'>I</span> <span m='127470'>think</span> <span m='127880'>what</span> <span m='128729'>our</span> <span m='128919'>company</span> <span m='129449'>is</span> <span m='130030'>looking</span> <span m='130410'>for</span> <span m='130539'>is</span> <span m='130669'>someone</span> <span m='131030'>who's</span> <span m='131210'>passionate</span> <span m='131840'>about</span> <span m='132070'>what</span> <span m='132290'>they</span> <span m='132420'>do</span> <span m='133060'>and</span> <span m='133270'>hungry</span> <span m='133950'>for</span> <span m='134210'>it,</span> <span m='134700'>and</span> <span m='134940'>really</span> <span m='135190'>hungry</span> <span m='135740'>for</span> <span m='135890'>that</span> <span m='136080'>position.</span> <span m='137000'>And</span> <span m='137180'>I</span> <span m='137260'>think</span> <span m='138050'>that's</span> <span m='138290'>the</span> <span m='138380'>most</span> <span m='138560'>important</span> <span m='139090'>part.</span> <span m='140170'>The</span> <span m='140260'>most</span> <span m='140430'>important</span> <span m='140890'>thing</span> <span m='141100'>is</span> <span m='142190'>you</span> <span m='142400'>are</span> <span m='142560'>eager</span> <span m='142860'>to</span> <span m='142990'>learn</span> <span m='143350'>and</span> <span m='143420'>you're</span> <span m='143570'>willing</span> <span m='143980'>to</span> <span m='144080'>put</span> <span m='144290'>in</span> <span m='144390'>the</span> <span m='144490'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='145630'>My</span> <span m='145750'>work-life</span> <span m='146320'>balance,</span> <span m='151050'>sometimes</span> <span m='151430'>it's</span> <span m='151810'>good</span> <span m='151930'>and</span> <span m='152050'>sometimes</span> <span m='152500'>it's</span> <span m='152620'>not.</span> <span m='153680'>There</span> <span m='153790'>are</span> <span m='153900'>months</span> <span m='154330'>that</span> <span m='157950'>I</span> <span m='158020'>don't</span> <span m='158180'>have</span> <span m='158360'>any</span> <span m='158550'>life,</span> <span m='158840'>basically,</span> <span m='159940'>and</span> <span m='160130'>that's</span> <span m='160290'>a</span> <span m='160390'>choice.</span> <span m='161340'>That's</span> <span m='161510'>basically</span> <span m='161960'>a</span> <span m='162050'>choice</span> <span m='162700'>because</span> <span m='162860'>I</span> <span m='162960'>know</span> <span m='163180'>if</span> <span m='163300'>I</span> <span m='163390'>work</span> <span m='164100'>hard</span> <span m='165920'>and</span> <span m='166560'>it</span> <span m='166710'>doesn't</span> <span m='166990'>affect</span> <span m='167340'>me,</span> <span m='167720'>if</span> <span m='167935'>I</span> <span m='168250'>work</span> <span m='168620'>really</span> <span m='168820'>hard,</span> <span m='169140'>it</span> <span m='169220'>will</span> <span m='169400'>pay</span> <span m='169640'>off</span> <span m='169740'>in</span> <span m='169830'>the</span> <span m='169910'>future.</span> <span m='170380'>I'm</span> <span m='170560'>able</span> <span m='170830'>to</span> <span m='170940'>plant</span> <span m='171230'>the</span> <span m='171380'>seeds</span> <span m='171505'>and</span> <span m='171630'>be</span> <span m='171770'>able</span> <span m='172000'>to</span> <span m='172100'>harvest</span> <span m='172630'>from</span> <span m='172840'>it</span> <span m='172940'>in</span> <span m='173040'>the</span> <span m='173130'>future.</span> </p><p><span m='174000'>So</span> <span m='174700'>work-life</span> <span m='175130'>balance</span> <span m='175750'>for</span> <span m='175790'>me</span> <span m='177260'>fluctuates.</span> <span m='179440'>There's</span> <span m='179720'>no</span> <span m='179870'>telling,</span> <span m='181120'>but</span> <span m='181390'>I</span> <span m='181570'>try</span> <span m='182120'>to</span> <span m='182990'>make</span> <span m='183210'>sure</span> <span m='183610'>that</span> <span m='183870'>I</span> <span m='184030'>do</span> <span m='184290'>have</span> <span m='186140'>one</span> <span m='186370'>day</span> <span m='186600'>off</span> <span m='186730'>a</span> <span m='186880'>week</span> <span m='188670'>that</span> <span m='188820'>doesn't</span> <span m='189100'>include</span> <span m='189590'>work,</span> <span m='190200'>basically.</span> </p>","file":{"id":611134,"video_id":"","name":"3067-Christopher - Field Engagement Specialist IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":192284,"thumbnail_url":null}});