A day doesn’t go by without someone deeply questioning the value of higher education. It’s the cost, it’s the hazzle, it’s the time wasted on subjects you never get to use etc.
And a day doesn’t go by without young people feeling anxious about making the right choices for their education and subsequent careers. Because how do you make sure, you have got it right? That you can make your interest and passion pay your bills?
I have one cowboy trick for you:
Study to become a journalist (if you can get it, of course).
Don’t listen to all the people saying that there are no jobs to be had in the media industry.
First of all, there are, they are just more fragmented than ever and not in the usual places.
But second – and most importantly of all – an education in journalism can lead to whatever you want it to lead to.
I am the perfect example of that; I have been a journalist by education since 1999, yet has still to work as a traditional one in a newsroom.
But what I have done instead is to use some of the skills that I have in my genes and I learned to control more during my education;
My curiosity for asking questions. And ask again and again.
My determination to get to the bottom of something and not take ‘No’ for an answer.
My thirst for knowledge.
My passion for trying to connect all the dots.
My instinct to cut to the chase and settle on an angle.
My talent for communication and presenting the story.
When you have those things and you study to get better and better at them, you can apply these skills anywhere. Especially in todays world, where noise is amplified, and signal often gets lost in translation.
Studying to become a journalist is not a one-way street; it’s more of a giant roundabout with plenty of exit options in different directions utilizing the skills, you learned.
So if you want to take a safe punt, go and study to become a journalist.
It just might help make big things happen for you later on.