My stepson, a college junior, recently called to share the news he was changing his major to communications. I’m thankful he has knowledgeable professors and generous advisors at his disposal to shepherd him through the transition of his major.
One of their first suggestions was to secure an internship as soon as possible, and he has already received viable leads. (Check out Jacqueline Miller’s recent blog, “Want a Job? Five Reasons Internships are Essential.”
After I got over the initial shock and subsequent flattery that he wanted to follow in my career footsteps, I started thinking about how I might guide him in his newly chosen field of study. Sure, I could tell him about the places I’ve been employed, the people I’ve been blessed to meet and work with, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities I have experienced.
I could also share embarrassing war stories of being knee-deep in newspaper clippings (yes, I’m giving away my age!), going toe-to-toe with the Secret Service (maybe a topic for a future blog), and accidentally knocking down a kid to get just the right event photo (a beginner’s career low).
In homage to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book of a similar title, I prescribed that he Eat, Pray, then Write –the most important aspect of the profession. He was surprised to hear how much of what we do involves the development of written content, from news releases and op-ed columns to websites and social media. According to him, the list seemed endless and just a little intimidating.
I also scheduled him to meet and network with former colleagues who work in his specific area of interest, to hear firsthand what to expect, what skills he needs to hone and how to lay a solid foundation for his future success. In his first networking luncheon, my son heard from a communications senior statesman who co-signed my advice – if you learn to write well, you will be assured of career opportunities aplenty.
I compiled some of my favorite writing resources. I also polled a few others to get their go-to communications writing resources.
Here are my favorite eight:
What are some of your favorite go-to writing resources?
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