Extra Study – are there benefits?
Thanks QUT – I am now the official holder of a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing (Interdisciplinary). So strange to receive the official piece of paper in the post – I declined the graduation ceremony – two years after I completed my studies. Maybe my details were somehow lost in the paper trail that must be enormous in Universities today.
Does the “Interdisciplinary” sound confusing? It is. I started studying a certificate in Journalism and switched half way through, as creative writing subjects appealed more than the hard-hitting Journalism.
If only I can find the time to go over those course notes – there were some great learnings in the subjects I studied.
Not everyone needs a piece of paper to prove their worth, but with my later in life moment and change in my career path, I made a personal decision to obtain some practical back-up to help me believe I could do this. The contact with other students in tutorials and time spent chatting with Lecturers was certainly interesting and enlightening. But it’s a juggle – around what you do to pay the bills and what you hope to do with your further studies (an investment in both time and money.)
After finishing Uni, I also studied a Travel Writing Course (on-line) offered by the Australian Writer’s Centre. This course was practical and relevant in the genre I hope to find more work in (travel writing.)
Any prospective editors who question if I have the “official” credentials to back up my writing – here is the proof – formally! Will that help me in finding work in my new career? I hope so, but as anyone knows starting in this competitive industry – especially with the proliferation of writers via the internet (blogs and websites), it is never an easy path and doors do not automatically open.
Optimism and hard work – these are my new drivers.