As many other seniors in the sections of JMc 417 this spring, I find myself asking the question what now? With graduation quickly approaching, I am also often times asked what I am going to do with my life, which is a pretty intesnse question if you think about it. There are so many questions that arise out of those simple words, like when should you start applying for jobs, and where should you look?
While there are a few courses at the Cronkite School that are aimed at helping us prepare for our futures in the journalism world, such as the JMC 473 Business and Future of Journalism (A.K.A a class whose bottom line is to tell us that print journalism is dead), it is hard to really be prepared for our futures. It will be a rude awakening for most of us when we have to trade in our flip flops and jean shorts for a pants suit and heels.
While no one can fully prepare us for the next chapter in our lives, here is an article that I think will be helpful to those graduating in a couple months.
2010 Career Search: Job Hunt Tips for a Strong Start– This article gives some good tips on how to conduct a thorough job search in this tough economy.
I also find it very necessary that part of your journalism curriculum is to have obtained a public relations internship. This is the closest thing to a “real” job as most of us will get to experience, before we actually enter the “real world.” Working in a corporate setting also allows us to see what we do and don’t like. We may think we know exactly what we want to do, but it could turn out to be misleading or disappointing.
PRWeek is a great site for finding PR jobs across the country. You can create a profile and upload your resume.
PR Crossing is also a great networking site for PR professionals.