Saw this really interesting blog written by Chelsea Howard on graduate-jobs.com about the value of a graduate or a student, becoming a blogger. Have a read of it then have a go at blogging, who knows, you might enjoy it and it will certainly help you with your written communication skills.
‘Over the past few years there has been a blogging boom. In this time, blogging has become a very popular form of communication whereby people can inform, entertain and express themselves. Like many others, I jumped on the blogging bandwagon and began writing my own personal blog in which I write about topics such as beauty, fashion, events, and so on. This has been, and still is, a great way for me to share my interests, advice and thoughts with others and allow them to engage with me around this content.
Writing a personal blog is brilliant and I have consequently developed quite a penchant for writing that now extends beyond my personal interests. In an effort to expand my ‘body of work’, as it were, I have been looking for opportunities to try my hand at writing about issues relevant to my university and professional life; something a little more meaningful and defining. An opportunity arose recently when graduate-jobs.com posted on Twitter that they were looking for people to write for their blog. Their blog is designed to allow current students and graduates to write about issues or topics relevant to them and their peers. This would mean that I would be able to write for an audience that would be really receptive to the information, advice or anecdotes that I have to share. Perfect!
I responded immediately, conveying my interest in getting involved and giving them a sample of my writing to have a look at. We then began conversing about possible topics and before you know it I am writing my first draft. My first post, as you may gather, is about the benefits of blogging in regards to one’s career.
Besides being a fun and interesting hobby, blogging is also a great way to improve your written communication. I find that I learn a couple of new words and a handful of synonyms each time that I write an article/entry and my grammar and punctuation have also improved. Not only is this beneficial for my university course work, it gives me a great advantage as a prospective graduate. Graduate employers look for candidates who can demonstrate good verbal and written communication. By writing a blog I can give them tangible examples of the strength of my written communication, which is often an indicator of strong verbal communication. This is particularly helpful for graduates hoping to enter roles, such a journalism, in which this is a must-have attribute. What’s more is that the organisation that you write for may also be happy to provide potential employers with a reference about your punctuality, creativity and personality, which may give you an advantage over other candidates.
Blogging in this way also allows you to express your personality because the process of writing requires you to be adaptive and creative and it allows you to develop and showcase your personal writing style. Quite importantly, it also shows that you like to be an active member of your community (as a student or graduate) and get involved when the opportunity presents itself, which suggests to employers that you have initiative and motivation. Getting involved within a graduate or student community, at university or with organisations such as graduate-jobs.com, also has reciprocal benefits because you yourself become a lot more informed and engaged as you are exposed to the writings of others within your community.
To summarise, blogging benefits are brilliant and I strongly encourage everyone to seize opportunities to get involved and do more! Don’t shy away, give it a try and you might find that you have an undiscovered talent for writing.’
If you do take to blogging and would like to do more, we would more than welcome your contribution on the GradClub pages. Just pop in to see either Andrew or myself at the CDC or message us on FB about your interest in blogging.