The best way to ensure you’ll be able to find a job without much trouble after graduating is through internships. That statement shouldn’t shock anyone. In journalism, however, this statement rings especially true. There are thousands upon thousands of graduates that pursue a degree in journalism simply because they enjoy writing and think it sounds easily applicable. Thanks to this, the field is a very competitive one. To remain a step ahead of your competition, you’ll want to invest in yourself during every given opportunity. This includes during your recreational time, class work, and especially through internships.
You may begin pondering exactly what types of jobs are available to journalism majors. Thankfully, journalism is a field that knows almost no bounds. Because of this, many graduates advise double majoring, so that you’ll be qualified to write and report as well as discuss whatever you’ve picked as your specialized topic. Topics that reporters are given to write about range from sports, to medicine, to current events, to everything in between. What’s important is that you remember journalism isn’t restricted to just reporters on your favourite television station. You can find internships and jobs with a focus on journalism at local sport stadiums, at research and development firms, pharmaceutical companies, and of course newspapers and magazines that are always looking for original-content creators.
Working for journalist firms may seem like the logical/only next step after graduating, but it’s important to look past them to expand your job opportunities. If you’ve only ever pursued journalism because of a genuine passion for news, consider looking into newsletters. There are thousands of subscription-based newsletters that are regularly updated and read by thousands of people. Every newsletter employs writers and editors- the larger ones usually need even more.
If the main thing that interests you about journalism was the potential concision of the written word, you may be interested in the profession of technical writing. Technical writers must be passionate about accuracy, brevity, and clarity. They write not only typical instruction manuals and guides for everyday appliances and applications, but many write up training guides for new employees in various corporations.
Perhaps you enjoy journalism because you see it as a method of reaching a group of interested readers with your message. In that case, you should consider looking into becoming a publication specialist. Colleges, charity organizations, government agencies—all of these have a need for this type of position. If you feel that you have a command of written word that excels past your peers or fellow job-hunters, consider looking into this field to take full advantage of it.
Journalism is a broad degree, and it’s unpractical to treat it as anything other than such. There’s nothing wrong with looking into journalist firms after you’ve graduated, but it’s impossible to argue that it won’t limit your possible career choices. Break out of the typical box and apply for any and every job that interests you. As media continues to change, you’ll be happy that you’re as flexible as the environment you’re working in. Supervisors will notice, and opportunities to grow will shortly follow.