I think it’s a common problem for all students. The great part about the CFJ is the sheer variety of career paths we could embark upon once we’ve graduated, but with essays, assignments, weekly reading’s and NCTJ exams out the wazoo, graduating and going out into the big wide world always seems so far away, yet paradoxically looming in the forefront of my mind. I think the hardest part about choosing a career path is not wanting to waste what other skills you’ve picked up on the way. If I went on to become a rugby radio commentator, would all my (admittedly little) political and local knowledge be pointless? And if I went into documentary making, where could I utilise the shorthand skills I’ve spent nearly two years developing?
All these thoughts have passed through my mind, mostly whilst I was procrastinating writing an essay or editing an assignment. But that’s because I feel that way. All of us are at a great crossroads in our lives as student journalists. I love being able to learn about all forms of media in Convergent, even if it can be challenging. But the further along I get on the course, the more I can’t help but feel lost in a sea of potential futures, not knowing what branch of journalism will lead me to a happy life.
So, to outline my interests and my potential pathways. Here we go: I love writing and always will, reading has been my greatest hobby since I began devouring a Star Wars encyclopaedia cover-to-cover every night to keep nightmares away. I must’ve been about six years-old. Then, I find a perverse interest in shorthand, (I say perverse because it’s been a painful journey to improve). Yet the challenges of broadcast media pique my interest just as much, TV not quite as much though, I’ve always known I have a face for radio. Then come my interests: rugby, books, guitars, video-games, films, food and drink, health and people. Yeah, I know the last one sounds pretty vague and maybe even idiotic, but people always seem to be the driving factor for all the stories I’ve done at the CFJ, and I still pop in to visit them months after my piece has been assessed.
My dream job used to be a film critic, because I could watch all the films before release, bitch about them to lots of people, and get paid at the same time. Recently I’ve been entertaining all sorts of jobs in my mind, I even mentioned some above. For example, rugby commentator, documentary maker, film critic, food critic, as well as the more typical journalistic jobs like newsreaders, print reporters and such. At the moment, I’m leaning rather heavily towards food and drink journalism, possibly reviewing different breweries and recipes to try at home, as I also really like cooking. There’s something special about making something and seeing people enjoy it, although to be honest that only happens about a quarter of the time I cook.
I guess this blog post is more for me than it is any readers, to gather my thoughts and consolidate what options I think I might have in the future, although I’m getting more and more sure about the food and drink journalism with each day, I’m going to have to talk to some lecturers about how to get into that field soon. Anyways, looks like I’m back to procrastinating now.