In all honesty I’m not yet sure if I will have an in-person graduation, or even any graduation at all, but come this summer I will be finished with my three-year BA in English Literature with Creative Writing. Covid–19 has definitely shaken up how I was expecting this year to go, and has made planning for post-graduation next to impossible this far out. Still, I have a couple of things keeping me focused for the time being. In today’s post I’m talking about how I’m planning for graduation and essentially where my thoughts are at this stage.
I’ve always been interested in blogging and social media, since way before I came to university. I’ve bounced around with the idea of applying to social media assistant positions and while this role is still an option, I’ve recently encountered the idea of copywriting. Essentially, copywriting is writing content – similar in many ways to blogging, but for clients and their specific purposes. It can range from press releases, to blog posts, to writing descriptions for products in ecommerce.
From the research I’ve done so far, this will likely require me to apply for a (paid) copywriting internship. It’s a shame I haven’t picked up formal copywriting employment before now, but since it’s a career path I’ve only recently discovered may well be the perfect fit for me, I’m making the best of the skills and experience I know I have. This blogging platform has always been dual purpose: a platform for me to express myself, and a way of adding to my employability. After the copywriting internship I would hopefully be given a full time position as a Junior Copywriter. From there it would be a matter of gaining experience and progressing upwards.
The essential thing for copywriting is having a portfolio. I’ve created a website for mine, as well as a downloadable PDF copy, and reached out to authors on Twitter volunteering my copywriting skills for free in exchange for including the work on the portfolio. So far I’ve had a couple of takers and the experience has been very rewarding. I’ll also be adding a selection of posts from this blog to the portfolio.
As well as this, I am in the process of applying for a casual copywriting position that is work from home. If I get selected, it will be a huge help in showing that I already have the skills to be a copywriter. Although I do not yet have experience of working in a formal copywriting setting, I have been using the skills copywriting requires across my academic career and personal life. It’s exciting to find something I am passionate for and have already been doing without even realising it.
Once I have the portfolio ready to go, which will be any time between now and Easter, I will attach it to my LinkedIn and embed it into my CV. I’ll also be assessing how I use social media and generally sprucing up my online presence. The next step will be solidifying a general CV that I can adapt to each position I apply for. Covid–19 allowing, I’ll also be emailing my careers advice department at my university to see what hints and tips they can give me.
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I won’t be sharing my career in great detail on this blog but I did want to briefly discuss my plan forward. Are you soon to graduate, thinking about graduation, or have any experiences to share from your own first steps into a career? Tell me in the comments below!
If anyone reading this blog would like to make use of my offer of free copywriting in exchange for using it in my portfolio, please do drop me a Twitter DM or email me, email@example.com.