Advice to young people, just leaving college?
1. Work hard.
2. Be kind.
3. Learn to write properly.
The first two are pretty obvious to most. The third one, however...
Seriously, if you want to make yourself useful to business right out of leaving college, as opposed to waiting tables until you're 45, learn how to write well.
No, you don't have to be a novelist or a journalist or a celebrity blogger to get paid. In fact, those are pretty effective ways to ensure that you don't get paid.
But there is a HUGE need in most businesses for better communication, both internal and external. And that need, though very real, is mostly unmet.
A while ago, we were looking to hire a writer to help us with our workload. So we emailed an old friend, a famous online publisher in New York with a nine-figure online content company, asking if he could recommend anyone.
"Are you kidding?" he said. "Good writers are rarer than hen's teeth, even around here."
So, if you're a college senior or recent graduate who's depressed because you decided to study English or the humanities instead of business, tech, engineering, pre-Med etc, don't be. We've just given you a clear path forward. Totally go for it!!