You always want to be as prepared as possible when starting a new project, experience, or–in this case–educational adventure. If you’re interested in marketing, writing, analytics, and media, Villa’s copywriting certification course may be a great fit for you! Before diving into our classes, there are some basic copywriting skills you should have under your belt or be familiar with.
Basic Copywriting Skills
It’s a good idea to do a little research on the coursework you’ll be taking before jumping into classes. Starting with an understanding of the basic copywriting skills you’ll need before that first class helps you feel confident from the very beginning and as the weeks progress.
1. Attention to Detail
No matter what college-level course you take, having a good eye for detail is extremely important. When working toward a copywriting certification, it’s even more critical that you’re able to pinpoint little errors in your own writing as well as others. Proofreading and editing are large parts of the copywriting profession. Having a keen eye for detail can be hugely beneficial for your career in copywriting.
2. Solid Vocabulary
Similar to what we just discussed, a wide vocabulary is important for college courses as well as for a career in copywriting. To put it simply, writing and reading make up the majority of copywriting jobs. Having a vast vocabulary can be extremely useful when preparing ad copy and writing for digital platforms–as well as other careers!
3. Strong Communication
Efficient communication skills are key when pursuing a career in copywriting. Communication skills are actually important when taking any college course! Being able to speak and explain ideas clearly and knowledgeably is a skill copywriters need. A beneficial goal to have during your time at Villa is to work diligently on growing your communication skills.
4. Problem Solving
Whether you’re a student or working as a professional copywriter, you will have to do research. Projects–such as writing guides, white papers, and marketing materials–happen in the classroom and on the job. These kinds of projects aren’t always easy and take some problem solving skills to successfully complete. It’s helpful to have solid problem solving skills when researching tougher topics.
5. Grammar and Punctuation
Copywriters start working on their skills from an early age; you learn the rules of grammar and punctuation in elementary school! Since writing is the primary job of a copywriter, solid grammar is a crucial skill. Between writing your own copy and proofreading the work of others, these skills will be helpful during your copywriting courses at Villa!