As a recent graduate myself, I know that it can be difficult to know what you want to do while you’re still in school. I graduated with a degree in English education, and so I prepared myself to teach high school kids about Shakespeare and wear heels everyday so that everyone knew I wasn’t a student. I just stumbled upon SEO and realized how much I loved it, but this wasn’t an option at my University.
After doing a bit more research, it seems that SEO is not an option at many Universities across the U.S. Fortunately; SEO is becoming more and more popular and therefore getting more and more press. Marketing departments are slowly splitting into a few different groups; one being SEO, and business websites and blogs are starting to discuss SEO issues more commonly. The result—more students are beginning to hear about this emerging field. This then brings about that all too common question: How do you know if SEO is the right industry for you?
How You Can Give SEO A Try as a Student
There are of course many different characteristics that can help you tell if SEO is right for you, but sometimes listing off qualities in someone just isn’t what you need. I had all of the right qualities to be a teacher, but SEO and writing is where I really think I fit best. It wasn’t until I began student teaching that I really understood what the profession was all about, and I believe the same goes for SEO.
Below are a few different ways that you—whether you’re a student or someone looking to change industries—can get started with SEO before you actually land that j.o.b:
Ironically enough, I think one of the best things about SEO is the fact that you don’t have to have a specific SEO degree. If you majored in marketing, English, web design, or had a concentration in something similar, you can still be considered for an SEO position. If you give yourself the edge by doing some of the things above, you’ll get to try it out in no time, and you’ll do a great job. If it isn’t for you, you have other options.
If you work in the SEO industry, how did you know it was the right fit for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Amanda DiSilvestro gives small business and entrepreneurs SEO advice ranging from keyword density to recovering from Panda and Penguin updates. She writes for Highervisibility, a nationally recognized as a Top SEO Company that offers online marketing services to a wide range of companies across the country.