ABMC in Broadcasting in the Philippines

Reviews of AB in Mass Communication major in Broadcasting graduates:

Bernadette M. Morales
Studied AB Mass Communication Major in Broadcasting
at Centro Escolar University , Manila
Graduated: 2002

Why did I choose this course:
I got inspired when I graduated from high school because I was awarded as one of the students who got the highest score in English. I was also influenced by my elder brother who studied the same course.

About my college education:
To be honest, I had some doubts in continuing the course after my 2nd year in college. I thought of shifting into another course. I somehow felt that it is not the course that fits my personality although I got "A" grades during my 1st and 2nd year. The reason for this is that there are times that I can't overcome my shyness, and so I felt I will not be able to land a job in mass media when I graduate. I also thought that maybe I can easily get a job if I will take up a computer course. However, I still decided to pursue studying Mass Communications because I don't want to waste my good start as a college student.

I can say that my 3rd and 4th year in college was really challenging. As days went on, the course became interesting especially when I got to deal with the major subjects because I was exposed to the different fields of the media industry. I met some media personalities like DJs, TV hosts and newscasters, as well as some advertising masters. I also had fun because of the activities we had which really awakened my creative mind. It was also tedious when I was about to graduate because I had to meet all the requirements, especially the undergraduate thesis.

In order to succeed in this course, one should always be assertive and enthusiastic. Always be exposed to the different issues in the society in order to have up-to-date information. Most of all, have self-confidence.

My current job:
I stopped working since I gave birth to my eldest son. Now I have 2 children and I keep myself busy with family matters.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I was able to apply my written and oral English communication skills. Well, I think that helped because I was promoted from being an agent to a quality analyst, as well as a training associate.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I had my first job in a call center 11 months after I graduated in 2002. I worked in the company for 7 straight years before I resigned to face greater challenges as a family woman.

Do I recommend studying AB Mass Communication Major in Broadcasting:
Mass media is a very broad field. There are so many opportunities that can venture into: TV, radio, written media, interactive media, advertising, film making, photography and other fields related to communication. You don't always aspire to be in front of the camera because you can also work behind as the creative mind where the very substance of a program comes from.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
First, it should be a field that really interest you. You may be influenced by the people around you but you should feel it first within you that it is the course that you really like. Second, you should have a clear purpose why you want to take the course: career v.s. Profit.
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