What to do if you want to start your career as a communications student in the UK
There are plenty of people in Ireland who want to become the next communications graduates and the first ones out of school are going to be those who want it.
There are a number of reasons for that, from wanting to do something different to being driven by ambition.
“I’ve seen so many people coming through my university and being on the cusp of being in management and then going back into their university careers and wanting to start their own careers.
I want to be a communications graduate to see what it’s like,” says Emma, a communications major at St Catharines University.
“There’s so many opportunities out there for you to make it as a professional.
There are so many more opportunities for people who want more out of life and are motivated to get into business.”
Emma says the most important thing is to get out there and see what is out there, to find out what your passion is, what you want out of it.
She says that there are plenty to choose from at universities around the world, but for her, she likes to choose what suits her.
Emma’s CV shows she has an interest in communication and communication studies, with a degree in English literature, which she completed at St Andrews.
In fact, Emma has been studying communication for about three years now.
“I started at St Andrew in 2012 and after three years I got a certificate in communication at the university,” she says.
“And so, I have worked as a spokesperson for a number companies.”
Emmas CV shows that she is a passionate writer and that she likes the idea of being a journalist.
She has also written for magazines including The Sunday Times, Irish Times, and The Irish Independent.
She says that she hopes to one day have her own blog.
“It’s just really important that people understand that they can do so much more than just be a social media addict and then a journalist,” she said.
“If you want more than that, I’m happy to go into journalism myself.”
The most important things to consider in choosing a career in the Irish media are experience, networking, and passion.
“My passion is in journalism.
I think people have the ability to do so many things,” Emma says.
While her CV doesn’t have a particular role to fall back on, Emma says that being passionate about journalism is a huge part of her decision-making process.
“It’s a huge responsibility, especially for people that aren’t already passionate about it,” she explains.
And there is a definite lack of diversity in the profession.
When it comes to the number of journalists currently working in Ireland, there are just five in total, according to the Irish Times.
A report published by the Irish Journalists’ Association this year, found that Irish journalists made up less than 20 per cent of all journalists in the country.
“That’s really low, so the fact that there’s only five Irish journalists in a total of 25 in the whole country, that’s really worrying,” Emma concludes.
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