Why did I choose this course:
Honestly, I'm the type of person who's very fond of writing. Even at 20, I still keep a diary and I have several personal blogs. Aside from that, I also love watching TV and when I was younger, I would like to become a TV personality that's why I took Broadcast Journalism. My biggest dream back then was to become a keen TV host just like Boy Abunda or Charo Santos of ABS-CBN.
About my college education:
My course was very challenging for me since I also became a leader in our institutional band organisation in campus. Broadcast Journalism itself is very demanding because we have to be out in the field, look for news, interview different kinds of people, edit all the videos or files we gathered in the evening which lead me to a lot of sleepless nights, and still be in school early on the following day for our live TV/Radio production. Everyday I have to go on our band rehearsals from 5:30 - 8:30pm and sometimes we extend even up to 9:30pm and I usually reach home at around 10:30pm. I really have to do this as a leader and member of the organisation and because I am a 100% scholar as well. What I really have to battle is the exhaustion yet I still have to come up with news worthy outputs and assignments for me to maintain good grades. Also, we have required summer classes from 1st year to 3rd year that's why we don't get to take a lot of rests or unwinding moments like other students in the campus do. Even if it's not easy, with God's help, I surpassed them all. Thanks to His guidance.
Since I am a student leader, I learned how to manage and maximize my time in everything I have to do. I made sure that I do all my priorities first which are complying all the requirements of my course as well as the demands of my organisation. I also learned how to deal with different kinds of people. Since I've been exposed to different stories of the Filipino men, I learned to appreciate more the life I have. Aside from that, I learned that having a checklist of what you have to accomplish each day, each week and each month will help a lot in fulfilling them. Therefore, what you need in order to succeed in this course is proper time management, setting your priorities, goal-setting, set deadlines for you to finish everything you have to do on time, hard-work, be independent in a sense that you don't depend what you have to do on other people's opinions and work with your friends and classmates because it will be more fun. You'll never know that you already finished what you have to do without even realizing it.
My current job:
I am a Property consultant in a real-estate company because I want to earn and save money for my future business which is a convention center and an events and productions company.
Am I using what I learned in college:
Of course, my current job is quite not in line with my major. However, I use a lot of things I learned in college in my job - sales. As a salesperson of high end condominiums, we have to go out on the field 3 times a week for us to find our buyers. I talk to hundreds of people everyday and like what I do in my course, I interview them regarding their preferences and lifestyle before I offer the condominiums that I sell. Good English communication which we practice in our course is very effective for me in sales since I deal with a lot of elite people. Also, I don't regret that I took Broadcast Journalism because I learned how to deal with rejections easily. In my course, I talk to a lot of people and ask them if I can have a video recorded interview with them, some people say no, some will say yes. In sales, I approach a lot of people for them to talk to me for a while so that I can discuss about our product. Most of these people say no, would avoid you and some may even show you that they are irritated with you or would ignore you and a little will only say yes. I also keep the patience I had in college with people who will say yes to you but would later on waste your time. In interviewing back in college, some would say yes but eventually cancel the interview; in sales, some would say yes but won't end up buying. So I have really used a lot of things that I learned in my course in a different setting. I also used independence in my job because I don't ask my sales manager all the time about what I have to do; I figure them out on my own.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I already have a job 2 weeks before graduation because I applied only quite early so that I can get as much opportunities. As the old saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.
Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism:
I recommend this course to people who would really want to become reporters and news writers. I would also recommend this course if you would like to be very keen in writing and in spoken language. This course will help you boost your self confidence because you have to face different kinds of people everyday and you have to share all the talents that you have because you really need them especially in TV productions.
However, for employment opportunities, I will suggest it to you if you really want to work in print or broadcast BUT you have to be really good. You have a lot of competition in media and if you would settle for mediocrity, you won't be hired easily especially that we only have several print and broadcast companies in the country. If you want to be hired in the corporate world, you might want to change your mind to take Communication because that course caters to more chances which include Public Relations, Advertising and Media Production.
As for the salary, if you want to become one of the richest men in the Philippines in the future, this course is not for you because you won't get that much unless you become one of those media practitioners who accept bribe from the big people. What keeps the people in media is their passion to serve rather than the money they would get.
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
First and foremost, they have to make sure that this course is what they really want to pursue because it will only lead them to shift from this program to another and will cause them a lot of wasted time and money. Also, they have to keep in mind that every course is not an easy one but what keeps people going is their passion and hard work in what they do. So you have to keep that spirit. Second is that, you have to expect that not everyone will be good to you especially that you have to interview, talk and deal with different kinds of people. You can experience a scheduled interview in Manila at 9am and you're already in Manila at 8:30am when the interviewee cancelled the interview and you can't do anything but find another person to interview or reschedule it or change your story. In times like this, what you need is patience and you have to keep the positive mindset. Also, there will come to a point that some will convince you to just plagiarise, copy-paste or cheat on your work b
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