As a college senior, I think about my future career constantly. In college, it’s almost impossible to take a class, join an organization or go to a coffee shop without hearing words like “résumé,” “networking,” “real experience,” or “portfolios.” But we all think about the question, “What are we going to do next?” And we all must ask: “How do we get there?” What are the things we can do now to help us follow our dreams as creative professionals?
A couple years ago, I realized I wanted to pursue a creative career in graphic design, writing and marketing. However, some of my classes didn’t fulfill my creative curiosity in the digital world. In class, we discussed things like SEO, websites and digital strategy, but sometimes I felt I needed more experience within a specific skill set. When applying to internships and evaluating my strengths and values for different companies, I realized the importance of real-life experience that boosts creativity and fulfills our passions. When did “interning” become synonymous with “getting coffee” for some businesses, as some of my friends experienced? While not all internships are the same and some internships provide excellent experience, I realized that one of the best ways to gain experience for a creative career is right in front of us–online.
Through managing a blog, watching tutorials and taking webinars and courses online, I discovered many alternative ways to gain creative experience. A very unique service I found was ProSky, a company that offers hands-on courses and training for high-demand skills like SEO, digital marketing and social media. As a creative person who loves everything technology, my ears perked up! I learned that ProSky has many advantages for those pursuing creative fields that will boost resumes and expand professional networks.
Creative & Technical Skills Taught by Professionals
ProSky is reinventing the internship, so students can gain experience working on real-life projects for clients like LinkedIn, Zappos, Proof Sunglasses, and more. I also found out that each online course is taught by professionals from Facebook, Marc Ecko, Sony, Twitter, as well as others. Being able to collaborate with these professionals and network within the company would open doors to valuable experience employers look for.
But what type of things should we be learning? The courses at ProSky include both technical and creative skills such as SEO, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Brand Strategy Design, UI/UX, and so much more. As creative professionals, it’s good to have experience with many of these, but sometimes it can be important to develop more of a niche digital skill-set. While us creatives can understand the basics of SEO, how many of us can say we used our SEO expertise to boost a company’s organic traffic and sales? I’ve found that diving deeper into a topic like SEO or web development helps us understand how digital practices affect the bigger picture for a brand. Also, finding a niche among digital skills can help us boost confidence in our work overall, as we focus on a speciality.
Convenient Online Classes
It’s crazy to me that we can build our skills and portfolios just from the comfort of our homes. That’s another plus about ProSky–gaining quality experience is right at our fingertips. Right now, ProSky’s courses run from 9-12 weeks, depending on the class, and it takes on average 25-75 minutes per day learning and working on the project. From logging in at ProSky, students have access to the curriculum, where they can chat with their peers and professors, upload files and video chat with students and mentors. Because of the collaborative nature of the workplace, students work in teams of about six people, to get a hands-on environment that is very personalized. Plus, because of its format, students say ProSky is easy to fit into your schedule, even with a full-time job.
Be in Charge of Your Creative Career
When thinking about “next steps” for a career or for the next phase in your life, one thing to remember is that we have control over our decisions and our experience. While we can apply for jobs and internships, which may not get back to us, we have the ability to choose where we want to go and what we want to do. With ProSky, we can choose what we want to learn and find the confidence in those experiences to talk about them with future employers or clients. We also have the ability to create our own work experience. As creatives, we can’t let the unknown hold us back. We can start learning and creating today. Through the power of online tools–we can make blogs to share our work, start designing websites, become virtual assistants, find our own clients, or take classes that will help us succeed in our careers. All of this experience is relevant for where we are going next. It’s up to us to take on challenges. Let’s learn more, be inspired, and land our dream jobs!
If you would like to learn more about ProSky, feel free to visit its website!
Thank you to ProSky for sponsoring this post and working to help fellow creative college students expand their careers! All opinions expressed are 100% my own.