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Do classes count as experience?

I'm a senior in college and I'm an English major with a professional writing minor. I've been applying to jobs since last semester and it seems that every job posting requires 2-6 years of professional writing or editorial experience. I've had at least two years of professional writing in all of my classes but is that good enough to mention to potential employers? #career #career-choice #writing #english #experience #college-senior


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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
Excellent question. While the class itself should not be listed as actually job history, what you do in class can be listed as experience and skills in some cases. Examples would be projects you work on with classmates, they require the same skills, coordination, planning and research as a job would require. Technical projects in particular should be included in your skills/experience..engineering, IT and other technical projects - I would not only include the project and skills but the end result especially if it has a practical application.
Good luck.


Awesome, that's great to know. Thank you! Kristen K.

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Susan E.’s Answer

I would say that your writing experiences in your classes is good background for you. However, it is best to start out small and perhaps do some professional freelancing to see if this is something you really want and can handle. Do that for a couple of years to earn a little money and gain experience. Then, when you feel the time is right, try applying for these companies again and see what happens.


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Tina’s Answer

Hi there, Your classes count as your Academia experience; it would not be considered part of your career history. When applying for entry-level roles, during the interview process it is certainly worth discussing your Academia experience that includes 2 years of professional writing; however a position requiring 2-6 years of professional experience would not be looking for writing / editorial experience only during your studies, they would want you to have post-undergrad experience as well. Good luck!


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Ken’s Answer

Hi Kristen!


Your success in job hunting depends very much on your approach.


Here are some good tips for applying for things for which you feel underqualified:
https://www.themuse.com/advice/should-you-apply-for-a-job-youre-not-qualified-for
https://www.themuse.com/advice/actually-you-should-apply-for-jobs-youre-not-100-qualified-for


Best of luck! Let me know if and how this might help. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.


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