There really are too many articles about college graduates, unemployed college graduates, majors to avoid, promising careers, etc, etc. And as my major – journalism – continues to get bashed, I again must speak-up for every writer out there by giving hope to upcoming as well as current college students who too are passionate, but are afraid to take the risk.
If loving to write was my only reason, I could’ve just as easily been an english major. I picked journalism because no two days are alike. Being a journalist means interacting with people from all ranks of life, finding out their stories and sharing them with others. It means deadlines, modified bylines because the editor didn’t like your approach and scrapped articles you were sure would get front page status.
It means precision, motivation, a tough skin and many failed interviews. You spent countless hours developing your questions, but the person you’re interviewing won’t answer them. No doubt about it you’re upset, but you can’t let them know that. Move on. Find another approach or another source.
It means building relationships with strangers so they can tell you what you want to know and then some. It’s being able to step on people’s toes, call-out billion dollar businesses that aren’t doing right, and exploit your favorite artist. By the way, there are no favorites in journalism. If you can’t be objective, maybe you can get a reality show or write for the tabloids. You are a pen, a pad and a recorder away from losing all your friends. Journalism is taking that last statement in and accepting it as fact.
But what can I do with a journalism degree?
Anything you want as long as you’re confident in your skills. Of course, you didn’t go to school to earn a degree just so you couldn’t use it! But think about it. It’s writing! If nothing else, you can be sure that your e-mails and reports are going to be superb and error-free! -SERIOUSLY-
I’m currently riding the media sales train, and the common question I keep getting asked is “How did you switch from journalism to media sales?” But I never switched.
A writer is a writer is a writer IS a writer. Point. Blank. Period. Just like if you played basketball in college but now you’re a businessman. You’re still a basketball player; you still know how to play.
I can be successful in media sales and other mass communication fields because I am dedicated to success, and I’m a fast learner who has common sense.
REMEMBER Writing is your speciality, but what else are you good at?
I’m a great public speaker who also happens to be proficient in Microsoft Office, good in math and very personable. Those qualities just so happen to work well in a lot of different arenas, including media sales.
I don’t regret my degree choice, and I don’t regret the career path I’m about to take. It’s all a learning experience, and I’m certain something I learned those 3.5 years in college will somehow mesh with what I’m about to venture into; call it a woman’s intuition.
So don’t sell yourself or your degree short.
JOURNALISTS LIVE ON!!!!