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Writing for College and Beyond

Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom


CJ Kent

Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom explains how the many skills taught in the Freshman Composition course apply at work and in life. The composition class is a pre-requisite and General Education course for most colleges and universities in the United States. It reaches students in every area of study. As people wonder about the value of a liberal arts education and question whether colleges and universities are truly preparing students for the workforce, Writing for College and Beyond challenges those arguments by pointing out exactly how classroom policies and writing assignments apply beyond school walls. Professors, lecturers, and graduate students teaching Freshman Composition courses will find this book helpful. Administrators who service the Freshman Composition population, such as Writing Center Directors, will also find Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom a wonderful aid.

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Chapter Thirteen: The Research Paper Is Your Future


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The Research Paper Is Your Future

Research is useful to get a job. One of the first tips anyone gets in preparing for a job interview is “do your research.” You should learn about the history, size, and mission of the company, as well as any other facts and figures you can find. Discover what successes and failures the company recently had. Read articles about public attitude and awareness of the company, as well as its products or executives. What community building does the company do? Does the owner, executive, hiring manager have online profiles that tell you about their interests? This takes time. You want to know how to do more than a basic Google search, which will give you what the company wants you to see, not necessarily important information that can help you get the job over the person who didn’t do anything but Google. Learning to write about the research you do comes next.

Many jobs will require that you “look into” something. What your boss means: do your research. Dig into a potential client or sales target and create an information file. Identify past, current, or future trends. Compare a product to a similar product on the market, and explain why that product succeeded, failed, or disappeared. Create an image or design portfolio based on specifications. Collect material on any topic that comes to your manager’s head. The list is endless. Employers...

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