Pen to Paid provides career services to writing students, which is something that I, Morgan Vega, knew next to nothing about as an undergrad writing student.
Here are 7 of the many reasons why I decided to create Pen to Paid:
1. I didn’t recognize my transferrable skills.
Every employer needs employees that can write well, and so many people can’t write well. The professional world will require you to write daily. You already have a necessary and desirable skill.
Besides writing well, your college experience—in and out of the classroom—has helped you develop transferable skills, skills that you’ve learned and perfected outside of your desired job that can be applied and used in your desired job. Examples of these skills include leadership, critical thinking, and time management.
For instance, I waitressed during college, and this developed my ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, a transferable skill. I use this skill in my current job as Recruiting Coordinator, as I juggle many professional projects and events.
No matter your major, whether it’s English or Journalism or Communication, your classes have helped develop your transferable skills. I created Pen to Paid to help you recognize your transferrable skills and better communicate those skills to employers.
2. I felt distanced from my college’s career services department.
Disclaimer: my experience with my college’s career services is probably (hopefully!) different from yours. Most career services professionals are friendly, helpful, tech-savvy, and forward-thinking.
The only time I visited my college’s career services department was to meet about receiving academic credit for my unpaid internship. (Do not do this—you’re paying to work. Another reason why my career services failed me.) Before that, I didn’t know where the department was, what they were about, or what they offered. On a rare occasion that I did hear about a workshop or an event, I decided not to go because, to be frank, I got the vibe that they would only offer negative criticism.
I created Pen to Paid to meet you where you are and offer you career services how you’d prefer to receive it.
3. I didn’t attend a career fair until I was working one.
I had already graduated when I attended my first career fair, and I drove college students to the event. I had designed the employer attendee list, and I took pictures at the event.
Why did I help organize an event that I had never taken advantage of? Because I thought career fairs were for Business majors. I thought career fairs weren’t for English majors. Plus, as an introvert, I thought I’d be better at finding a job through my computer rather than through networking. I was wrong.
I created Pen to Paid because I should’ve gone to a career fair and so should you.
4. My friend told me that I should do an internship—not my professors or career services.
Not one of my professors discussed what an internship is or why it’s necessary with me. As already mentioned, I didn’t receive much career direction from my college’s career services department. Who told me that I should do an internship? My friend, who was a Business major, whose professors had harped on the importance of multiple internships.
I created Pen to Paid because you need to have an internship, and you need to know what they’re about and how to find one.
5. The most stressful time of my life was post-graduation.
My eye twitched for six months after graduation. Granted, I had other life events happening at the same time, but the majority of my stress came from working three part-time jobs, none of which included writing. The entire reason I went to college was to make a career out of writing, so I felt like a had wasted my time and money (so, so, so much money).
I created Pen to Paid because your transition from college to career should not cause eye twitching and depression and sleepless nights and self-loathing, all of which I experienced.
6. My job search process was lonely, confusing, and terrifying.
After graduation, I spent my time, when I wasn’t running from part-time job to part-time job, on my computer, sitting alone in my room and applying to job after job on online job sites. I knew I had to be doing something wrong (I couldn’t be that undesirable), but I didn’t know what it was or how to fix it.
I created Pen to Paid so that you aren’t alone in your job search, and you have information to make the process less confusing and less terrifying.
Check out The Writing Student’s Job Search Survival Guide!
7. Career readiness knowledge made a difference for me, and I know that it can make a difference for you too.
Now, as a career services professional, the career readiness knowledge I have acquired has provided me with projects that focus on my interests, a better work environment, job stability, and career advancement opportunities. I know my transferable skills. I know how to network with employers. I know how to interact in a professional setting.
I created Pen to Paid because career readiness knowledge can propel your career too.