A few weeks ago I went to see my tutor for a bit of a catch up on my major project. As always, as well as discussing my project, we got on to talking about lots of other things. One thing that my tutor mentioned that really stuck with me was something the Jay Rosen of NYU said at CovCons (I’ve looked all over for a link to this or something but couldn’t find one, if you can, please let me know!) about how journalism students should be able to teach employers something when they get that elusive first job.
This really got me thinking. Without wanting to sound really big headed, I’m a good student. I work hard and, generally, I get good grades. Ok, I was never headed for Oxbridge but I’m fairly intelligent and I can write a news story pretty well. But, I don’t really know what I could teach an employer.
I mean, I’ve learnt loads through my degree. If three years ago you’d told 18-year-old me that I’d have done half the stuff I have, I never would have believed you. In a really cliched and nostalgic way, I’ve come so far in the last 3 years. And while, yes, I’ve learnt so much, I’m still not sure what out of that I would be able to teach someone who’s been in the industry for years.
Maybe I’m being too hard on myself. I’ve learnt a lot of online skills that a lot of local newspapers could probably do with learning – especially if my work placements over the summer are anything to go by.
I’m still a bit unconvinced though. Maybe I’m just a bit daunted by the prospect of growing up and having to be a proper adult with a job and responsibilities. Maybe the workload and the pressure of finding a job has finally got to me. Or maybe I really do need to work out what I have to offer an employer.
Now, over to you. What do you think you can teach an employer? What do you have to offer? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @wannabehacks
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