About my college education:
During my time, the first year was all about basic subjects then we took a qualifying exam during the first term of our second year. Those who passed will continue on the course while those who didn't can either shift or wait for another year to take the exam since it's only offered once a year.
Those who passed were divided into 3 majors depending on their strengths based on exam results. The 3 majors were: Broadcast Journalism, Photography and Film. From then on we started taking major subjects. It was fun and enjoyable and hard at the same time. It was fun and enjoyable for me because it's something that I want to do and it's hard because some professors were really tough and such "terrors".
If you want to major in Communication Arts, you have to be good in both English and Filipino (writing and oral), you also have to be always thinking outside of the box and always keep your creative juices flowing. You need to read different materials (i.e. Magazines, Newspapers, etc.). And you need to watch different shows to help give you ideas. You also need to be aggressive and assertive if you want to pursue this course and eventually a career.
My current job:
I am working as a Production staff for Wil Time Bigtime.
Am I using what I learned in college:
Actually, not everything. Most of the things I'm doing now I learned while I'm already on the job. But don't get me wrong. The basic principles and work etiquette instilled by the university was very helpful.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It took me about a month to find a job and about 5 years to be actually practicing my course. I started working for a Pre-Need company as a trainor which helped me in my people skills for 6 months then I joined the call center bandwagon after and worked for the outsourced US Directory Assistance Company for another 4 and 1/2 years. Then I burned-out and decided to join the TV industry and been working in the same industry up until now.
Do I recommend studying AB in Communication Arts Major in Broadcast Journalism:
I would only recommend this course for those who have great determination and maybe for the "thick-skinned" ones. If you are sensitive, you won't be able to get out alive. But if you are willing to make mistakes and learn from it and know how to deal with the consequences then this course is for you. You need to be always thinking on your feet and you have to be "maabilidad" in case problems arrive so you'll know how to resolve it. It's a continuous learning experience and you get to deal with different kinds of people. The only downside is that the salary is not that much especially if you're on the entry level compared to other industries. But if you love what you're doing it shouldn't be an issue. And a lot of opportunities await you if you are hardworking and good with what you do.
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