Do you aspire to have a career in writing?

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Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan

Have you thought of pursuing a career in writing? Our sQoolink mentor, Jess Magnan, tells us her experience in pursuing a degree in English/Communications/Writing. In the next few posts, Jess will share with us her insights on how to prepare for a writing career.

So you chose to study writing, great! Maybe you already know what you want to do after college, maybe not. But it’s safe to say that we all want college to help us succeed in life after school, to aid us in building a career and sustainable life.

For some, studying writing might not seem like the most practical option for career-building. But I am here to assure you that it can be! After attending Grand Valley State University and receiving my bachelor’s degree in writing in 2017, I am now building my career as a freelance writer. To achieve success in your time after college, follow these guides to be certain you get the most out of your writing program.

Understand your interests

What about writing inspires you? Are you eager to publish your first novel? Are you interested in making information digestible and customized to a specific reader? Have you thought about blogging for a living?

Know what your end goals are, but know that they can change. Let what excites you lead the way, but don’t be afraid to try new things. College is the time to change your mind and make yourself open to new ideas, practices, and disciplines.

Understand your program

Make sure you fully understand what your program requires. Do you need to take foundation courses before you can take higher-level ones? Does your program require an internship? What about a capstone class or project? Do you need to declare an emphasis? Understanding your program can help you plan for the future, and help you get the most out of your education.

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