Hundreds of journalism students graduate every year from an accredited college all over the country. But do these students put their degree to use after they’ve worked so hard and spent all of that money?
Imagine you’ve just entered college and you’ve selected journalism as your major just to try it on for size. And maybe if it’s good to you, you’ll pursue it as a career some day after graduation. That is what students usually do in the beginning, and that’s acceptable and natural because it’s the beginning. However, when you’ve hit your senior year mark and you’re getting ready for the professional internship course, what thoughts and plans have you made for your potential career? Are you serious about it? Have you or are you going to make good impressions and good connections? Most importantly, how passionate and committed are you to journalism?
It’s not only the questions you have to worry about, but the economy as well and the amount of jobs that are available to you. In a analysis of government data, the Associate Press said 53.6 percent of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 are unemployed or underemployed. The job market has a portion in that, but at what percent are students not following through with their degree that they’ve earned and spent so much money on – throwing it all away? Some students go off after college grabbing entirely different jobs – jobs that don’t apply to anything that they’ve studied or trained for in college. Because they’ve mysteriously lost interest and claim “they just don’t know what they want to do.”
It could be college that gives you the opportunity to figure these arresting concerns out. It could finally be your internship where maybe you’ll meet the most significant people that inspire you to love “that certain occupation.” And trying and trying again until you get that job.
For most people, it’s a well known journalist who project enough inspiration to students who make them want to do what they do. It could be all about weighing options and eliminating them all down to one and sticking with it for a career. But ultimately, it’s all about loving that job and having passion for it.
News 3 News Editor, Spencer Collins, a UNLV journalism graduate says, “I think it all comes with kind of loving what you do. And I said it a lot, I work 40 hours a week, I’m there Monday through Friday, but I don’t feel like I’m working half of the time. It’s something that I love doing.”