Why did I choose this course:
Choosing what degree to take in college has always been a dilemma for many graduating high school students. Peer and family pressure may instill a 'required feeling' of what degree to pursue. But while many students go with the flow of what supposed to be 'the most popular degree' and take up courses that their loved ones think would best benefit them, I decided to take the road less travelled, and in this sense, I decided on my own. Although many suggestions have been given to me prior to graduation, I still chose AB in Mass Communication. I never feared choosing this degree despite the fact that I was the only one who took it in our class. I spent many days thinking if I'm doing the right thing, then everything was validated when our NCAE results were given. The results that I got fell under the Artistic Interests which pointed out the skills that I possess especially in the creative field.
About my college education:
Mass Communication covers a lot of fields such as television, radio, print, film, photography and other creative industries. Through our generalized curriculum, we were able to have a grasp of these different areas and find out where we excel the most. I learned a lot in my degree, especially real life teachings that I can apply in my future career. Aside from the lessons that I learned in the areas of photography, film, print, radio and television, it's principles and techniques, I also had a chance to try and apply what were written in the white board through the hands on training that we had. Some of these include television production, radio drama, advertising and marketing strategies applied, theater production, photography exhibit and film production. In these activities, I was able to experience a glimpse of the real media industry.
I find most difficult in my course would be our Investigative Journalism, Film and TV Production and Communication Research subjects. In each subject, we were required to produce final output based on what the subject is all about. For example, in our Film Production subject, we were required to produce a 20 minute film by the end of the semester. The most challenging part in every requirement is the ability to balance physical, emotional and creative strength. Being subjected in such activities requires much patience because we needed to collaborate with each other. Handling pressure and stress was also challenging especially in terms of meeting deadlines.
There are a number of useful things that I learned from my degree. First was that you can always be a better person every day, you can discover new things about yourself and develop new skills that you’re passionate about. Second was about being independent. Studying in college would be a whole lot different than high school. You can never really depend on others to pass a subject, just like in life, you need to stand up on your own and create your own destiny. Third was that pressure and stress are inevitable. Meeting deadlines and working with colleagues are just a few faces of the real industry. Stress management is very important especially in mass media where information is overflowing.
Examinations in Mass Communication are far different from the usual examinations that we take. Our exams mostly depend on specific subjects and areas of communication. We usually take up hands on examinations to test whether we know how to apply the lessons that we learn. For me, all of our examinations were not difficult, they’re just challenging. Challenging in the sense that we needed to overcome our stage fright, speak in front of a number of people, act while cameras are rolling and write as concise as possible. These exams developed my whole personality because I was able to open myself more into the real world.
A number of students fail their examinations because of the following reasons: lack of preparation, lack of confidence and lack of motivation.
Only a few students shift to other courses. Only those who aren’t as confident as they thought they were. If a student is determined enough to grow as an individual, he will definitely survive this course. Being able to see oneself as a future media practitioner will also help one succeed. I learned in my 4 years in this course that confidence and passion works along really well. If you are passionate enough in what you’re doing and confident that you’ll succeed someday, you’ll surely succeed.
My current job:
I’m currently working as a part time Marketing Manager for a travel business. My responsibilities include handling all marketing needs of the business, from closing deals with different travel agencies, hotels and resorts to creating marketing strategies to help boost our business’ sales. Also, as the head of Marketing, I am tasked to build a brand for the business and instill to people what we can offer to them. I am also tasked to create collateral such as brochures, flyers and website. Overall, being a Marketing Manager requires a lot of skills in order to persuade and build a targeted market.
Am I using what I learned in college:
Since Mass Communication is a very hands on course, I was able to develop skills that I am currently applying in my work. Some of these include proper communication with clients and partners, website development, photography and editing skills. I can say that since our course is diverse, I was able to adapt set of skills that I can use in varying situations and careers.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Right after graduation, I decided to take a break for 3 months since I’ve been studying for quite a long time. I tried freelance tutoring and it lasted for 2 months. Then by October of 2013, I was invited by my dad’s colleague to become a Marketing Manager for their business. I grabbed the opportunity since I saw it as a chance for me to put my skills to the test. As of today, I’m still working for them and hopefully, I’ll be able to grow professionally in the years to come.
Do I recommend studying AB in Mass Communication:
I would definitely recommend it because having a course as diverse as AB in Mass Communication can provide a number of opportunities after college. Since there are a number of fields included in our curriculum such as in television, radio, print, advertising, marketing, photography, film, theater and creative arts, the chances of landing a great career are affluent.
Salary depends on what level of expertise an individual has. For fresh Mass Communication graduates, starting from below is really a part of the process. Most of the time, fresh graduates can't expect a salary of 30,000 per month since they lack experience. Usually, salary ranges from 12,000-20,000 depending on what company and position to consider. More experienced employees can expect higher pay since they have already acquired the necessary work experience and skills to take their professions into a whole new level.
More than the salary level in every career, it is more important to keep in mind that growing as a professional should be the top priority. Learning through experiences can help shape people. Experiences shape life, and life as a whole is a never ending process of learning.
Choose a course that you're passionate about and you'll become what you wanted to be. Good luck to everyone! :)
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Each of us has one goal in mind, which is to become the best that we can be someday. To those graduating high school students who are considering AB in Mass Communication as their college degree, I would just like to point out a few things that will help you enjoy and love it:
Confidence is the key. Be confident of your own talents, flaunt them. Discover your potentials; you will definitely need them in the future.
Never be afraid of what the outcomes would be, may it be a simple project or a final requirement, as long as you give it your all, you’ll be great.
Learn to handle stress very well. This course requires patience and a whole lot of stress defenders. Try to loosen up a bit when you feel like breaking down.
Don’t procrastinate. Do things now or don’t do things later. Mass Communication is a very demanding course. Every second is a treasure.
Never stop learning. Lessons are just a glimpse of what the real world looks like. Grab eve
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