My mission today is simple…. to help showcase a talented young person’s quest for success and communicate to the public how challenging it is for the youths of today to secure their future.
In order to make this real, I chose to interview a promising soon-to-be graduate (Caroline),who will leave University this summer with a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism and enter our world as an independent adult professional. Caroline has dreams… BIG ones I might add and as we spoke I couldn’t help thinking to myself, “I’m glad I grew up during the time that I did”.
Caroline is really passionate about helping other peers benefit from what she has learned too…. so let the interview begin!
Hands-on: Caroline, “what are your dreams and aspirations”?
Caroline: “I’d like to be a reporter for network or regional TV news like the BBC and have a particular interest in crime reporting and covering police investigations”. “I also enjoy the travelling aspect of the job and would LOVE the opportunity to gain some experience as a news correspondent in the United States”.
Hands-on: “What do you feel are your biggest challenges”?
Caroline: “Well, my voice or rather my local Northern accent is probably number one on my list and I’m working hard on that”. “My other challenges would have to be the transition from young adult to professional, gaining trust and respect in my chosen field and getting rid of the stigma attached to the term student or recent graduate”.
Hands-on: “Caroline, what would you say are the pros and cons of your chosen industry”?
Caroline: Pro’s would be:
- Variety of work, meeting different people from high-profile to local resident and even criminals in some cases
- Providing a necessary service
- The thrill and excitement of capturing a new story
- It’s not very well paid, considering the heavy workload
- Being away from home a lot
- People tend to stereotype and avoid the press
Hands-on: “What would you change to provide more graduates with an opportunity?
Caroline: “The government should provide better support for graduates”. “At the end of the day, I’ve invested in my career and future and would like to get paid back for my investment”. “There also should be more opportunities for lesser skilled people, who don’t have the means to go to university or the experience to get a good job”.
Hands-on: “What would your message be to potential employer’s”?
Caroline: “I’ve studied non-stop, have taken the time to develop my work experience profile and I’m willing to work hard and learn as much as I can to prove that I am worthy of an opportunity”.
Hands-on: “Do you have any tips for your peers”?
Caroline: ” Yes, make sure that your work experience is based on your field of study and not just retail jobs for cash”. If your CV shows that you are passionate about your chosen study field, you’ll probably have a better chance at getting a job when you graduate”. “Also, networking online and offline and keeping in touch with previous employer’s raises your profile and may open up other opportunities”.
Caroline: “Always be polite and courteous, regardless of the type of company you’re dealing with”.
Thanks Caroline, with your dreams in tact and a determination to succeed, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying we wish you all the best for the future!