ABMC in Broadcasting in the Philippines

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J. M.
◈ Studied BA in Broadcast Communication (slightly different course)
◈ At University of the Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: In UP, it depends on the professor whether the subject is interesting or difficult. It is quite a challenge because even though students at UP are well-known for being smart (ahem) , you can't help but notice that 1) there is more to learning than grades, and 2) intelligence is relative and comes in many forms. What I liked about my education in UP was that there was always room to step outside of the box academically - you can grab that opportunity or you can choose to stay safe. Campus is a venue for freedom - and turns out freedom is also relative due to the diversity of people you meet!

For broadcast students, skills in writing and performance are highlighted in the courses. Since courses are based on broadcast media structures, students also develop speech and interpersonal skills, and skills in directing and cinematography. Not to mention, we also had to learn good old fashion and make-up tips to look good off and on-screen!

list bulletMy current job: I am a focal group discussion facilitator and field enumerator for an international NGO at Makati with an advocacy in children's rights.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, but the skills I learned isn't necessarily bounded to the broadcast profession. Like the skills I mentioned earlier, it can be applied to a lot of jobs and careers (especially writing) . It isn't hard to attract employers because we're already trained to use them in the classroom or studio.

As of now, I've been living on my writing and interpersonal skills!

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Around three weeks. Took a long time to sink in that I am already a graduate (I graduated on October) .

list bulletDo I recommend studying Broadcast Communication: Tehre are no employment opportunities in the broadcasting industry. It's a competitive business run by a lot of senior folk, so don't be dragged into thinking that taking a course in broadcast means getting famous ASAP. Reporters and writers don't have tenure, and last I heard the starting salary was 10k for the big networks. But if you want to get in the industry, who's to stop you? Just get decent connections to insiders.
But employment in other industries - why not? Broadcast graduates are getting into the PR, HR, and advertising industries since the 70s, and there's a higher salary there. NGOs are good as well, for graduates you have an advocacy.

As for an interesting career, it depends on which industry you get into and your work ethics and goals. You can either join a lot of people when it comes to climbing the corporate social ladder or opt for an alternative such as NGO work. Either way, you have a lot of options on how to make it interesting - once you have that diploma in your hand, the rest is pretty much history.
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