In many ways, the securing of one’s first job in journalism can seem more of an end, than a beginning. The conclusion of the seemingly endless weeks of work experience, the long periods of working for free, internship after internship, the end of years of studying, the cramming for exams while desperately attempting to freelance on the side. The end of trying to stand out among your colleagues and course-mates, fighting for patch stories, for exclusive interviews and the end of applications for jobs. This is only partly the case.
Hi, I’m Natasha and I’m looking for work experience in journalism.
Let me try and entice you to hire me…
Pret a Manger: More than just a Saturday job. Photo: Flickr/leff
It was reported last week in the Guardian that fewer young people are taking on ‘Saturday jobs’. Figures released by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills show that the percentage of teenagers with part-time jobs whilst at school or college has dropped from around 40 to around 20. This will have a disastrous effect on school-leavers and graduates trying to find work later in life, as it will mean they have never had the experience of a work-place.
I started work experience 6 years before I expect my career to begin, and it’s going to be worth it.