It’s back to school week for area colleges. For those just starting their college careers, good luck. For those mid-stream, have you settled on a major?
And, for those who have recently graduated with an English degree, this video is for you:
Okay, English majors are an easy target. But here’s the thing: when people ask me what we look for in new hires for the station, my response has been the same for 30 years. We are looking for people who can read, write, listen and speak…well. Plus, some common sense goes a long way.
Here’s Garrison Keillor on English majors:
Everything else–how to push all the buttons or move information around on digital platforms–we can teach new employees. But, can you write? Can you speak clearly and effectively? Can you read a document or background piece with understanding and a concise takeaway? And, can you listen with an open mind, can you suspend your own opinions in order to really hear what others have to say?
So, English majors, if you’re looking to work in journalism, you may have a jump-start on other majors.
History majors, you’ve got a shot at this kind of work, too, if your English major friend is willing to give you a few pointers.
On the other hand, if you want to make lots of money, regardless of your major, you’re proably not thinking about journalism. (Full disclosure: I majored in political science.)
What’s your major? What did you do with it (for those who graduated recently…or decades ago)?