Why Journalism?

With first-year of university done and dusted, it really has hit me just how close I am to finishing up with education altogether and being a full time, official, nation hated, journalist! *yay*.

And with that scary thought on the brain, I have been thinking about the journey that I have taken and how, for so many of us, education and choosing potential career paths is one of the hardest processes we will have to go through. So here’s a little story of how I chose my career path and why. Hopefully, it’ll be of help!

Despite Journalism being a competitive, heavily concentrated field (and one that is nationally hated), it must come to the attention to a lot of people that it isn’t really the glitziest option. So here I am to explain, what is it about journalism that I love? Why did I choose this course? How does one choose the appropriate course for themselves?

Let me quickly take you back 3 years, to the first year of A-level.

*insert Dr. Who theme tune*.

A-levels, it’s a tough time. With all your friends making different decisions, not really knowing yourself fully yet, your talents, your skills and your future prospects, it’s obviously hard to choose A-level subjects that will practically determine what you study at uni (should you choose to go). And I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’s DIFF-I-CULT.

My first choices were English Lit and Lang. (Sounds tough but that’s not where it went wrong, I actually ended up really enjoying them). Then Psychology (was definitely going to drop that after AS, believe me) Then finally, Biology. Now as a trainee journalist, its safe for you to assume,  was not particularly good at bio.. So after a solid 2 weeks of that, it was out of the picture. But now… I had the predicament of having to choose a replacement subject.

The first choice was Film Studies, as a film fanatic it seemed perfect, but feeling spontaneous and up for a challenge, I chose politics.

I walked into that classroom not knowing the definition of Prime Minister, Conservatives or Government…(Still couldn’t tell you much about the Conservatives, but that’s another story.) Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, I went in blind, no idea what was going on, bit shy and introverted but I came out confident, well informed, and aware. I went in with no real opinions and left as an activist. Moral is, no matter how unconfident you are, you can jump into anything.

So after a great two years of Politics, and English A level, it seemed only logical that I chose the career path that I did. However, surprisingly, logic wasn’t the reason I chose Journalism.

It was less logic and more of a personal goal that drove me to Journalism. As a minority through race, gender, and religion, I want nothing more than social change and it was my sheer passion for this that drove me to my final decision. It just took me a long time to realise that it wasn’t my grades or my skills that should determine my life path, but my values and ideals that counted for more.

And, in my opinion, this is where a lot of us go wrong. While it seems sensible to choose your career path based on your skills and educational talents, you have to remember that you are going to do this for the rest of your life and soon enough skill won’t cut it anymore. You need passion. Passion will lead to a fulfilling and enjoyable life when it comes to the job that you will do for almost every day.

There are so many things you could do based on your skills and abilities. But these are your current abilities and you don’t know what you could be capable of if you just jump in and try it. 3 years ago I knew nothing about Politics but I jumped in, and now I’m chasing my dream!

I chose journalism, on impulse ( i actually made the decision about 5 minutes before my UCAS application was due), but it was the best decision because I made it based on my heart and not my head. And I would recommend it to everyone.


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