Graduating with a Journalism degree equips you with essential skills to progress in the world of media. This ever-expanding industry offers varied career opportunities in a wide range of media sectors such as television, radio, film and digital.
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Although many graduates will progress in the media industry, this is not necessarily your only career path.
Thinking creatively, critically and independently, identifying, absorbing and sifting complex information: Highly valuable in public policy and research roles.
Appreciation of the different factors that influence the activities of groups and individuals in society: Essential skills for public services, policy and research roles.
The ability to adapt and utilise new technology: Essential for many graduate roles but particularly roles in wider media and marketing.
Having empathy, insight and ability to take on board others’ views: Crucial in any job but essential skills for advice and guidance, health and social care and counselling roles
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Different forms of journalism consist of broadcasting, print, online, as well as increasing growth in digital media such as blogs, podcasts and social media; Many graduate journalists will often have an accredited postgraduate qualification from the NCTJ, BJTC or PPA in addition to their undergraduate degree. The NCTJ occasionally hold one-day seminars for prospective students: Check via My Career Hub in addition to their website.
Employers will expect you to have some form of appropriate work on your CV., an easy way to start this off is to get involved with student media. aAh! Magazine regularly recruit for writers and editors, and employers will see this as evidence that your are interested in print and online journalism. If you prefer broadcasting there is also Hive Radio within the Students’ Union who offer voluntary roles in presenting and content writing.
MediaCity UK is on your doorstep and contributes to a significant amount of output from ITV and the BBC, as well as having over 250 additional businesses stationed there. The MediaCity UK jobs’ board has useful links to the job sites for the BBC and ITV in addition to external support networks for breaking into the media industries.
You can also gain valuable insight by obtaining work-shadowing opportunities. Explore media outlets that are exclusive to Manchester such as Hits Radio (Previously Key 103), Radio X (Manchester), Imagine FM, Manchester Confidential, Flux Magazine and Manchester Evening News. Try contacting organisations individually to see if work shadowing is possible.
The majority of work experience in the media industries is often unpaid. However, there are formal work experience schemes available, more so from notable employers such as the BBC and ITV, but you should take the possibility of unpaid work into account when considering gaining experience. Read advice from the Safer Jobs website if you are unsure of a job advertisement and Citizens Advice for your rights at work.
When looking outside of the journalism industry, you will find there are many opportunities out there that employers do not specify a particular degree subject. It is essential not to limit your job search to roles directly related to your degree programme when career planning as you could miss the wealth of opportunities. For example, organisations such as the NHS offer roles in management, logistics and IT. Here are others you could consider and research further on the Prospects website.
Advertising, Marketing and PR: Entry is very competitive but digital marketing, including writing copy for blogs and social media is a growth area. Excellent written communication skills are essential for roles in marketing and PR and you will gain these skills through your journalism degree.
Business and Management: Many of the UK’s largest companies offer graduate schemes where you can specialise in different areas of business. Bentley Cars, based in Crewe, have a Graduate Development Programme offering trainee roles in sales and marketing, HR, finance, purchasing and logistics.
Community and Voluntary Sector: Although there are relatively few graduate trainee posts, you can train as a youth and community worker, or move into paid administrative or fundraising roles. This is usually when you have experience gained in other industries or have already been a volunteer.
Government and Public Administration: The public sector is still a big recruiter and encompasses jobs in the Civil Service, regional and devolved government, NHS management, local government, law enforcement and intelligence services. The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme prepares recruits for management roles in HR, finance and general management.
Further advice on job searching, hundreds of part-time opportunities, vacation work, placements, internships and graduate job vacancies throughout the year on My Career Hub.
Graduate schemes are offered by larger companies who take new graduates, and train them in a structured programme.
Formal graduate training schemes generally last approximately one to two years, although some can be longer. Many employers featured in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers will be offering graduate schemes. However, only a small proportion of the UK job market is made up of schemes. Most graduates will be employed directly into individual positions within organisations. When advertising other graduate roles, companies often choose to advertise in industry specific journals, magazines and websites, their own company websites or via specialised, recruitment agencies.
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Postgraduate study may be required in some occupations, or may give you the competitive edge in others.
It is important that you research your options before starting your applications. Read our guide for more information on Postgraduate Study and Funding.
The following information represents some of the next steps for Journalism graduates of Manchester Met.
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Employers value the communication, research and analytical skills gained through studying journalism.
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