If you work in media then you’re probably going to feature in the gossip sections of national newspapers every week, right? Hmmm, probably not. You may think that a career in the media will mean you will be presenting the news, having your own radio show, or writing for Vogue. You may have heard that you need to have a perfectly crafted haircut, a distinctive regional accent and a personal stylist to work in the exciting world of celebrities and glossy magazines.
Sure, your career could take one of these routes, but it’s pretty unlikely really. Don’t worry though! It’s okay. You don’t have to be a star news anchor or ace DJ to secure a graduate job in this industry.
Before you make the decision to get into media, you should first discover what it’s really all about.
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The reality of media jobs
It might be a good idea to get the ball rolling by defining what the term ‘media’ actually means. Malcolm X famously once said that “the media is the most powerful entity on earth.” In many ways, he was right: from television, film and radio, to what we see on the internet, media is everywhere, and it can entertain as much as it can influence.
As you can probably imagine, working in the media is fast-paced and extremely competitive. If you can handle the pressures thrown at you, it can be a very exciting way to make a living. What’s more, there are literally thousands of different roles you can explore.
Employers in media look for a wide range of people with different technical and personal skills. Generally, you’re going to need to be confident, enthusiastic and have the ability to build relationships with a bunch of different chaps and chapettes. You’ve got to be super versatile and willing to go the extra mile to get projects finished. While you don’t necessarily need a degree for many of the roles in this industry, breaking into the world of media is getting tougher and tougher and many applicants are now graduates. Consequently, it may be worth getting a degree under your belt before applying for the most desirable roles.
Types of media jobs available on My Job Space
Editor as media jobs on My Job Space
What they do: Editors select, polish and refine what’s included in a particular publication, television series, film or website. Although their role will vary greatly between industries, it’s their job to commission and manage all aspects of content, and, ultimately, they are responsible for the end product.
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Graphic Designer as media jobs on My Job Space
What they do: Design and develop visual presentations. This could be for advertising purposes, such as brochures and packaging design, company signs and logos, website design, posters and a whole host of other mediums.
Journalist as media jobs on My Job Space
What they do: Research and write articles for a wide range of publications and websites. You could choose to specialise in a certain area and write solely for one publication e.g. Sports Journalist, or write for several different sources simultaneously, across a range of different spectrums.
Media Researcher as media jobs on My Job Space
What they do: Carry out a variety of research for different media outlets, for example radio, television, film and online. Typical tasks could range from conducting interviews and writing questionnaires through to overseeing focus groups and finding guests for radio and TV segments.
Photographer as media jobs on My Job Space
What they do: Take a variety of different images, either for aesthetic or commercial purposes. Photography is essential for many different companies ranging from print publications such as magazines and editorials, to online resources for use on various websites. Many photographers work on a freelance basis and syndicate their pictures to online stores or sell them to a variety of sources.
Social Media Executive as media jobs on My Job Space
What they do: Help manage and write content for a company’s social media channels, including such outlets as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. This could include running promotions, setting up incentives, managing budgets and responding to customer service enquiries.