It’s that time of the year when thousands of students are celebrating the end of their university life and marking the occasion with a few parties after graduation.
If you are one of these, and you have donned your cap to your university dean for the last time then you could be filled with mixed emotions.
Just when you thought your days of fretting were over, a whole host of new items suddenly appear on your to-do list. Job hunting, especially during the current recession, is proving to be very difficult- but what will help to smooth the process is having a clear idea of your career path.
Although a media studies degree usually leads to graduate training schemes in print or broadcast journalism the skills gained from a media degree can be applied to a number of industry sectors. Below are just a few ways in which you can use your media studies degree.
Market research- This is a perfect option if you want to be out and about and involved with the public. This is a great job if you want to be involved in communication and most importantly research.
Media sales roles- Within your 3 year course you would have learnt a lot about the media and the media industry. One important aspect of this industry is working with other businesses and the public and within a sales role you have a strong chance of promotion as well as good salary prospects.
Marketing sector- You would be able to put skills such as cultural awareness and the ability to meet deadlines into use in the marketing sector. With marketing you can also branch off into other sectors such as advertising and content writing.
PR- Once again this is highly customer and business focused, forming relationships with various companies and managers to ensure their public relations campaigns meet their objectives.
No matter what option you choose you would have gained a huge range of skills during your three years of studying and each one of these will help you in finding your perfect career. Skills such as; critical analysis, commercial awareness of the creative industries, creative writing and an independent outlook and approach to tasks set, will all help you along your way.