I made a joke about the classes we all wish college offered – Personal Finance 101, How to Not Burn Down Your House Cooking, Intro to Not Spending All Your Money on Clothes (okay, just me?) – but what about those classes your school does offer? Which of those should you take?
In case you’re new around here, I have a pretty good gig in social media at a large retailer. I honestly fell into social media – classes in social/digital marketing didn’t exist when I was in college (way back in 2011). Instagram was relatively new and no one was on it. I have two degrees – one in fashion design and merchandising and one in marketing. So I’m basically in the industry and field that I went to school for.
I find that a lot of the classes I thought I would never need – Business Law, Computer Science – I should have really paid better attention in. A lot of people ask me how I got my job and what advice I have for others who want to get into fashion, marketing or social/digital media, so here it is. I think this is also great for people who want to make blogging a career, because some of these classes I wish I had taken and didn’t… they would really have helped me out!
The Classes You Should Take in College
If you want to start working with brands, you should have a contract if payment is involved. It protects both of you so you get exactly what you want from it and vice versa. Business Law teaches you things like this. You also learn about copyright and trademarks and all of those things that you don’t ever think about. Also there is a ton of crazy stuff going on with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and bloggers so that is also a hot-ticket item right now.
I had THE WORST business management professor. He was such. a. dick. Sorry to be so blunt, but it’s seldom to find a human being who is that full of himself. I hated that class so therefore, I paid exactly 0 attention, spent all class playing Angry Birds and probably just signed in and left if I even bothered going (I was never into going to class, even in high school I skipped a ton of school).
Anyway, so he thought he was great because he ran a marathon and was a doctor (oh yeah, all of my friends have run marathons and also now some of my friends are doctors, cool story, bro) and I thought I would never need Business Management because only people who had a sad, sad life being a manager at the mall ahead of them needed that class. HAH I WAS WRONG. I wish I knew what happened in this class but mainly I also wish I knew about management. So kids, take this class and just get a different professor if you get that guy.
Intro to Photoshop
Is Intro to Photoshop a thing? If your school offers any entry-level Adobe Creative Suite courses, TAKE THEM. That was my biggest regret of all of college, even including a lot of dumb shit I did (see: getting into a strange van in Panama City with my friends one night, eating drunk pizza, kissing boys I shouldn’t kiss). It’s such a marketable skill for basically everything.
Computer Science 101
One of my first assignments when I started my job was to make a calendar on Excel. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time Googling how to do really basic shit in Excel. I can do things now (i.e. format cells) but I wish I had paid better attention so I could do V-Lookups or whatever. I don’t know what I would use them for, but you never know.
Intro to Coding
Is this a real class? It has to be. If I could have forced myself to have an interest in anything in the world, it would be to be a developer because I would be rich. I know the culture for girls in that world is rough (workplace culture for girls is a whole other topic/book for another day), but if I knew some simple CSS I could fix some minor issues on my blog and not be paying someone else to do it for me.
This was one of the hardest classes I took in college but I know a lot about stats from it and a lot about data which helps me out when I’m doing basic analytics, hindsights, or trying to figure out why a project isn’t working and how I can get data to figure out how to fix it.
This isn’t a class but just do it and don’t go somewhere dumb. CHALLENGE YOURSELF. That’s the point.
Vines to Wines
I had to throw this in there. West Virginia University started out as a land grant school so it focused on agriculture, fishery, etc. Winemaking = agriculture = let’s learn about wine! I personally think it’s a super important skill to have when you’re out with your friends, at a business dinner, or let’s face it – a date. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a significant other that knows a thing about wine (luckily mine does) so it’s important to enlighten them.
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Did you take any of these classes in college? What classes did you wish you took? What was your worst class/professor ever?