So, I have been toying with the idea of staying in school so I don’t have to venture out to the great unknown of the real world. The past couple of weeks or so, it seemed clear to me to go to grad school in Chicago or travel out to the north east to find a journalism school and be a journalist. But this afternoon changed all that.
While in Austin, Texas, I attended a conference meeting that practically changed what and where I wanted to do with my life. The meeting was full of students just like me that had questions and were ambitious to the world of journalism. Yet, were equally terrified about the future. As I sat there I noticed the look of terror on some faces when the panel spoke about what not to do right now. Pretty much, if a student has an undergraduate degree in just journalism, it is that much harder to get a job. Many employers are not looking for that. They spoke about the importance of learning design programs, past and present, and not just sticking with writing. I sat there thinking (for the first time ever) that Benedictine has actually prepared me for my major.
I am marketable to the “Media Professional” career path that I want to dip into. I have experience in writing, editing, designing and literature. Being a writing and publishing major allows me to try all sorts of things. They did advise a masters track eventually, but as of right now make that something that will set you apart from the rest. While here I have had an opportunity to really focus on what I want to do with my occupation.
As much as I thought that I was behind with my future, I have found myself actually ahead in my aspirations.