About my college education:
Taking BA Journalism in UP Diliman was a challenging and eye-opening journey for me. As much as the curriculum emphasizes the importance of good writing skills, resourcefulness in gathering materials, and having good journalism ethics, it also gives students plenty of opportunities to see and experience how journalism operates in the Philippine society. Journalism is about uncovering the truth and telling it in a form of a story that people can understand. Thus, it is important for students who aspire to be good journalists to have an open and inquisitive mind so as not to be passive receivers of information; courage to ask the right questions in the gravest of circumstances; and determination to write the most balanced story under the gravest time pressure.
My current job:
As soon as I graduated, I was able to land a job at an International School as writer for the institution's PR and Marketing office. After two years, I moved on to an IT company as web content writer and later on, editor. Currently, due to personal reasons, I am working as free-lance researcher and writer. I also manage an online shop.
Am I using what I learned in college:
I consider my education in UP Diliman practical and beneficial to my career. Aside from writing techniques, my training as Journalism student taught me to be strict with deadlines, vigilant for any type of errors and be always on the lookout for out-of-the-box ideas.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
About three months.
Do I recommend studying BA Journalism:
I recommend BA Journalism to students who are:
1) not afraid to take on dangerous and adventurous assignments;
2) have passion for writing;
3) enjoy traveling and meeting people from all walks of life.
Careers in journalism often do not pay as much as works in other fields; sometimes you get minimum wage, other times you get paid by the number of words in an article. However, there are many side-job opportunities that can make up for this - free-lance research work, book writing, blogging, web content writing, review writing, etc.
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