SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 24 July 2020Soft Skills: Why They are Harder Than You Think and How You Can Acquire Them
1. Tell me a bit about yourself and what you do.
I'm a freelance writer and senior content specialist living and working in Des Moines, Iowa. I'm also a new mama and yoga teacher -- so if I'm not spending time with my family or traveling, I'm usually editing, writing or teaching, all of which tend to go hand in hand.
2. Why did this type of work interest you? Is this something you always saw yourself doing?
Yes. I wanted to be a writer even as a kid, and I've always liked working with words and helping people (including myself) figure out what they want to send, find their voice and share their stories.
3. What particular skills or talents are most essential to be effective in your job?
The ability to be nimble and prioritize appropriately. When you're juggling multiple freelance projects in addition to holding down a full-time job, you have to spend your time wisely and effectively. It's also helpful to learn how to type fast and carry a laptop with you at all times, for whenever an idea strikes!
4. Any final words of wisdom for those who are just beginning their careers?
Do the work, be humble, learn your craft. Nothing happens overnight, and you aren't entitled to any success. Learn from other people s well as your mistakes (because they will happen!) and trust that there are enough opportunities to go around.
Julia is a writer, editor, yoga teacher and new mama based in the Midwest. I'm not a fashion or food or "lifestyle" blogger -- but here, you'll find stories and observations, book reviews and yoga talk, posts about travel and family and body image and relationships and faith and other big questions. In everything I write, I strive to tell the truth about my experience in this often confusing yet magical life, in the hopes of connecting with you.