Even since my freshman year, people have been telling me to join LinkedIn. I kept thinking that it wasn't that important and that any form of social media can't possibly affect how you get a job. However, once I made an account earlier this year, I realized how many people are using it. Many of my friends had received a recommendation or two from past jobs and several endorsements of their skills. All the links we read about LinkedIn stressed how important each aspect of your profile is and how it can best be used to appeal to companies who might come across it.
Devin Prasatek's blog
Prompt: Has this experience made you think about possible careers in this field?
Anson and Forsberg address the difficulties that come with transitioning from the classroom to the workplace, specifically with writing. They explain that many students assume that writing that is valued and praised in a class will also be the type of writing praised in a job. However, the reality is that the audience of the writing is no longer as narrow as one professor. The audience and the purpose of writing in the workforce is completely different, which can take time for the student to understand.
Prompt: What compliments did you receive recently and how did they make you feel?
For the Winter 2017 semester, I will be interning with Dzanc books which is a small independent publishing house. Rather than trying to publish the next best teen fiction or sci-fi novel, Dzanc focuses on unique or unusual literary fiction that could eventually be studied in an English class.