You are two weeks into the new year, and the first week of the spring semester is behind you. How did you do? I know this class is demanding, but I am honestly doing you a favor. If you hang in there, I am confident you will reap the benefits in the end.
Strengthening your writing skills is at the top of the list for this class, and if you take a look at the article “The key skills that 2017 will demand of marketers,” you will see it is No. 2 on this list too. You might also take note of No. 5 on the list, which touts the benefits of blogging experience. If you open the link “10 questions to ask when hiring a social media manager,” you will see question No. 7 is “Do they have a blog and do they write content for social media channels?”
You heard me say it on day one, the assignments in this class can be worth much more to you then the points assigned to them in this class. You should view every assignment as an opportunity to better prepare you for those post-graduation job interviews. There is a lot you can learn in this class, and much of it comes from outside the textbook.
No matter what your professional career goals are, there are integral qualities that all great leaders possess. You can read a variety of articles on this topic, but I think “Top 10 qualities that make a great leader” does a good job of highlighting some of the most important qualities. You can read the full article at the link above, but I want to touch on a few of them.
- Honesty. I’m not sure I would read any further if this quality didn’t show up at the top of the list. This is paramount to success, and it is one I expect students to abide by in class. I do not babysit work ethic or integrity in this class. However, if either are compromised, there are natural consequences.
- Communication. This is another one that always makes the list. Effective communication is important in our personal and professional lives. It is especially important in a digital world and that includes this online class. Let me know if you do not understand an assignment. If you have questions, it may be several of your peers also have questions. Do not be afraid to speak up.
- Commitment. If you have learned anything about me during this first week of class, I hope it is that I am willing to be in the trenches with you. I want you to succeed, but I cannot do it alone. You have to be willing to work hard to achieve your goals. I have a strong work ethic; I expect the same from my students.
- Positive attitude. No, I will not provide the occasional beer…sorry…but if you are willing to stop by my office, I am happy to share advice and some dark chocolate! I want you to have a positive outlook toward this class, your writing and your career. Be happy and upbeat, and put your best work forward.
In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.