One of the biggest misconceptions I had as a college student is that I had to wait until I graduated before I could begin truly working in my field and getting paid for it. You see I graduated with a degree in journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and while I do feel like my university equipped me from a skill set standpoint I don’t feel like I was equipped with all the options my career could possible take. This is one reason why I enjoy spending so much time with college students who will soon be graduating with creative degrees because freelancing should always be an option.
So if you’re reading this and you’re a college student wondering why you should start freelancing now here are a few reasons why:
Build Your Portfolio
The post graduation competition is extremely steep and one of the best pieces of advice I can give college students is to begin writing, designing and pitching now because you’ll need those portfolio pitches to share with employers if you decide to go into the workforce full time.
Sharpen Your Skillsets
As a creative you always have to sharpen your skills to ensure you are a constantly getting better so even if you’re not getting paid(which I do recommend you do) if anything you are sharpening your skills.
Position Yourself To Receive Full Time Work
Not quite ready to jump into full time work because you’re still handling a full time course load? No worries. Freelancing is a great way for you to position yourself in front large and small companies while you’re still in college. By working with them now they can see your work but also keep you in mind if full time opportunities become available once you graduate. Consider it as a paid internship of sorts but you get to do it from the comfort of your dorm room.
Do you have any other tips for why college students should be freelancing? Leave your comments below.