A journalism career is perhaps the coolest job there is. You get to try out new things and go on exotic locations while still doing your job and yeah also get paid for it. This is especially true if you have already established your name either in the daily newspapers or in the television. You have access to the coolest events in the metro and even get trips and freebies.
But while this seems cool, it also involves a lot of hard work. It is not easy being a journalist. Besides getting the appropriate education for it, you also need to update your skills every now and then just to keep up with the changing face of media. And before you can actually become a news anchor or even an editor, you need to first climb the media ladder and work your ass off even on weekends.
All the sacrifice is however worth it. Those at the top of their journalism careers will surely have all the privileges plus the less amount of work. After all, news anchors just report the news from an idiot board. They do not go out and gather the news. Their underlings, the news reporters are the ones who do the back breaking work.
If that is the case, what if you are not willing to do the work? What if you want the good life without going through the hard life? Is there a way for you to make everything easier and jumpstart a journalism career?
There is none. If you want to make it, you have to be prepared to work hard but this does not mean that you cannot do some things that will make the hard work a little bit easier. Below are some things that you can do to get some shortcuts for your career.
1. Know the right people
Knowing the right people will help open doors of opportunities for you. Of course, you cannot just rely on your connections to make your career flourish. You also need the talent, the experience and the hard work. Connections are only there to help you get past the front door and get an interview. After that, you have to do your own thing and make sure that you impress the big bosses.
2. Develop yourself
Studying does not end the moment that you got your degree. Learning is a continuous process and if you want to get ahead of the game and gain an advantage over other journalists who are also looking to further their careers, you need to constantly develop yourself. Besides, media is forever changing and you need to be up to date if you want to be on top.
3. Promote yourself
Doing the hard work will come to nothing if nobody knows that you are doing it. You also need to at least promote yourself and make sure that your bosses know that you are doing such a great job. Finding the balance between letting them know what you have done without really appearing to be bragging is the key to getting that much needed promotion.
In closing, remember that it is important that you also work hard. No success comes so easily. But by doing the three things that we have enumerated, you will at least make your climb to the top of your journalism career a little easier.