written by: Sean Trotman•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 8/21/2010
Why is learning to write important to a career? Do all jobs require some form of writing in the workplace? Do the types of writing necessary for each job differ? Read here to find out.
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Improved Communication Skills
Why is it important to learn college writing?
While high school certainly prepares students to write fluently and effectively, high school students are primarily prepared for the kind of writing they will be required to do in college. College professors train students to write in various styles of essays. Learning to write well is necessary to succeed in professional endeavors and possibly graduate school or beyond.
College writing is very important toward learning to succeed in a profession. A wide variety of career fields will require employees to frequently express their thoughts and information through writing. Tasks that may be required in the workplace include memos, reports and detailed reviews. Whether the aspiring professional knows it or not, most career fields will require writing as a form of communication, and if the skill of college writing is mastered, effectively expressing thoughts in an organized manner becomes much easier. Also important is having a broad vocabulary. A broad vocabulary is an essential component of writing fluidly and as a student learns college writing, he or she will inevitably expand his or her vocabulary. As follows, a stronger vocabulary equates with better communication skills and more confidence when speaking.
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Different Kinds of Writing for Different Majors
Learning college writing is important to a career in more ways. Certain careers require students to learn different styles of writing and students will generally learn to write the various types of documents respective to the major they are studying.
For example, a psychology major will be taught to write differently than a student majoring in pharmacy or journalism. A student majoring in psychology would be instructed to learn to write reports, diagnoses, and in some cases (psychiatry) prescriptions. Some fields, like journalism, require constant intensive writing in college and in the field. Advocacy journalism refers to journalism that is generally portrayed with an opinionated viewpoint. In fields such as sports, entertainment, fashion, and politics, aspiring journalists will need to know how to express these opinions thoroughly.
Learning to write in law school is almost like learning an entirely new language. The legalese used by attorneys and judges can be complicated and exposure to the terms and methods of writing in college will give aspiring lawyers a great head-start to what they will see in the field.
Likewise, teachers learn a different style of writing through the form of lesson plans, unit plans and so on.
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Attorneys are not the only professionals who delve into new terminology both in their college writing and communication. In college, students may be introduced to some new terms, or jargon, that relate specifically to the career they are studying.
Jargon is basically defined as the language that covers a specific career field or interest. These usually do not include terms used by all people in their daily lives, but rather by those in certain careers. For example, a network engineer will need to be familiar with terms like WAN or LAN.
An electrician or a teacher will probably not need to be familiar with terms like "bowel impactation" or "code brown", but for a college student in a nursing program, knowing these phrases could be absolutely necessary.
Whatever the college degree, jargon will be learned and practiced in writing.
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Learning college writing is important to a career in a variety of ways. College writing improves students’ ability to express themselves formally on paper and as a result, will often improve their ability to communicate their thoughts verbally. Writing and good writing skills are necessary in almost every career field, regardless of how thorough it may be. In college, students are equipped to write in the style necessary to their chosen professions. Refining the writing skills learned in college will set students up for success in the workforce as they gain confidence in writing and speaking.