Its officially the end of term and the end of teaching for me as an MA Multimedia Journalism student. The only thing left to do now is exams – yay. Now although I feel relieved that the days of coursework, assignments and university deadlines are behind me, I can’t help but acknowledge the anxious feeling the back of my mind screaming ‘WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ONCE YOU GRADUATE?’
It is quite a scary thought to think that in a couple of months, I will no longer be in the education system. I will have to do something other than dread to wake up for lecturers or cry over assignments that drain the life out of me. Although the thought of that does give me some kind of joy and replied – do not act like you don’t feel the same way because you most definitely do – but I genuinely do not know what the next step of my life is going to be and that isn’t a great feeling.
In terms of finding a job, the road has already been a long a turbulent one. Prior to this degree I worked in social media marketing and promptly quit and applied for this MA course. So I definitely know that I have no desire whatsoever to do that again. But what exactly are my options? This course teaches you a lot of skills for sure but I think the hardest part of it all is figuring out what you are going to use them to do in the future.
Already I have done a mass sweep of job websites and applied for positions ranging from production at a radio station in London to the graduate journalism scheme at BBC. I am hopefully that something will come out of all these application but the truth is, its most likely it wont purely because we are all going for the same jobs and so the fight is even more difficult than it would be otherwise. Even though there are so many areas within the umbrella of journalism, sometimes the jobs are just not there or if you do manage to grab one and hold on to it for dear life, it could be lost just like that.
So, if we are thinking positively, how exactly are we going to get these jobs? What makes us special? I for one will always think I am special and specifically good at one area and that’s what I will use in interviews and applications to sell myself. I am no expert but as I get older I feel like I kind of know what we need to do to be in with a chance but sometimes you do get into your own head and when that happens, your confidence is knocked down and you might struggle to get back up.
I recently had an interview and the man who was holding was impressed by some of the skills I expressed to him and told me that I was just what they were looking for. I was on an all time high and still am knowing that I have an opportunity waiting for me once I leave that I can take full advantage of. But it isn’t always like that and definitely hasn’t been for me personally because this whole job searching thing is hard and its okay to admit that it is hard.
Being optimistic as a journalist will get you far, well I think so anyway. I think that if you think positively regarding research, finding sources and writing, the end result will reflect that. I mean, look at George Osbourne who is now editor of the Evening Standard – if he can do it, why can’t we?
What I guess I’m saying is – don’t give up. Don’t be afraid to go for what you believe you deserve because 9 times out of 10, someone else is going to agree with you and may just help you get there. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, even if you feel stupid or embarrassed. You can either suffer alone in silence or accept a helping hand. I have dreams and aspirations that are way bigger than me right now but that I believe I am going to achieve with the help of those who also believe in me. Accept help, go with your gut especially in this season of job hunting and as cliché as it may sound, be yourself. Unless you want to pretend to be something your not for the rest of your life. In that case, go do that whilst I enjoy life as myself.