This is a good question and one to which I give deep thought. I’ve attended a Norwich University Alumni reunion and student send off. It was held in Itasca, Illinois (about 30 miles south of Chicago). Students were going off to attend the Norwich military university training programs. Among the alumni were two lifelong military career veterans. The hosts were excellent and there was also a representative from Norwich present. I’m from the graduate school class of 1995, with a degree in psychology.
Recently I saw an advertisement for a social media specialist, for a graduate school of psychology.
Do I qualify?
- What if for the past two years, I have been working with social media exclusively?
- What if I have a sizable Linkedin connections, manage 5 Linkedin groups, and have a sizable Twitter following (see twitter.com/randylewis…)?
- What if I’m on several Ning sites, FaceBook, and Ecademy?
- What if I have been running a copywriting business venture the past two years?
- What if I ‘m an active blogger for 2 years at randylewiskemp.wordpre…, and a guess blogger at other blog sites?
Am I A Social Media Specialist?
I think I need to consult an online dictionary. According to the online Free Dictionary at thefreedictionary…, the only definition that makes sense is “One who is devoted to a particular occupation or branch of study or research.” Say, isn’t that me? Let’s consult another dictionary. One definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary at merriam-webster.c… for “specializes” is “to concentrate one’s efforts in a special activity, field, or practice.” Let’s try one more definition at http://xrl.us/be8mcs for Your Dictionary. One definition is “a person who specializes in a particular field of study, professional work, etc.” So given these definitions, I think I’m qualified to apply.
What would constitute an expert in shipping packages?
I get herbs from http://www.tibetanherbs.com and http://www.activeherb.com. Both send their shipments priority mail, from the East and West coast respectively. I like in the Midwest near Chicago. The Tibetan herbs take about 10 days to reach me, while the Chinese herbs take about 3 day? The difference? One ships with a postal priority mail cellophane-shipping envelope, while the other uses a priority mailbox and electronic delivery confirmation. On numerous occasions I have suggested the Tibetan company adapt the Chinese herbal company’s priority mail approaches. Is their shipping department employees “specialists”?
What “degree” am I a specialist?
That’s a good question. While a t the Norwich reception, one of the guests was a veterinarian. In her practice, she occasionally used acupuncture and herbal medicine. About a month ago, I met an oriental chiropractor, which specialized in acupuncture. He had been doing this for over 25 years, and studied many years in China. Both the oriental chiropractor and veterinarian “specialize” in acupuncture. Both learned the trade by different avenues. Both could be considered specialists. Yet which one is “a greater specialist by degree?”
I did end up applying for the job. It wouldn’t stop me from doing things like affiliate marketing, Internet marketing, or technology copywriting part time – assuming they like my combined expertise in psychology and social media – their call.