University graduates who are just entering the workforce often choose to pursue careers in the media, either as a temporary fulfilment of a dream or a permanent career option. This is not surprising, since there are a variety of university courses and degrees devoted to writing, research, and developing strong communication skills. As well, many students get involved with campus journalism, ranging from campus radio stations to the university newspaper. There are many different ways for a young professional to break into the world of journalism and media.
Print journalism, though on the decline with the rise of the Internet, remains a popular option. Local, national, and international newspapers often have freelance positions and internships for young professionals who want to develop into journalists. As well, magazines of all types allow young professionals to write on a variety of topics while building up clippings for their portfolio. Radio and television are also good ways to break into the media and journalism. Radio and television stations often hire on young professionals to help with technical aspects, like working cameras or radio equipment.
As well, these stations hire researchers, writers, and on-air personalities from universities in order to break some enthusiasm to their reports as well as the younger demographic. The Internet, as mentioned before, has become a major provider of news, entertainment, and information. Young professionals and graduates can now earn a living on the Internet by writing, researching, and editing online articles. Major news outlets, universities, magazines, and entirely online publications alike need young professionals familiar with technology and the skill of writing to help them draw in Internet readers. While these positions are exciting for young professionals looking for an outlet for their creativity, they can be tough to get a hold of. There are thousands upon thousands of applicants for media jobs throughout Europe and the increased number of graduates yearly from European universities means that there is increased competition on an annual basis.
As well, editorial standards and the need for cutting edge news mean that a media professional needs to have an eye for writing detail reports that are impeccably researched. For these professionals, working with a recruiting agency is the best option. An individual professional with experience in writing, researching, and reporting may not get a second look from larger media outlets. However, the clout and connections of a recruiting agency can open up new paths for media professionals looking to turn their interest into their career.
Richard Taylor Edwards is the Managing Director of Talisman Executive, a specialist recruitment agency for construction careers and construction jobs in the UK and Europe.