Studying journalism opens doors to a range of careers where your creatibity, writing, communication and research skills, are invaluable
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Broadcast journalist
- Editorial assistant
- Magazine journalist
- Newspaper journalist
- Press sub-editor
- Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Advertising copywriter
- Digital copywriter
- Information officer
- Market researcher
- Multimedia specialist
- Public relations officer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
If your aim is to work directly within journalism, it is vital that you build up a portfolio of work and gain as much relevant experience as possible. Working on a student newspaper, magazine or radio station provides good experience or you could start your own blog.
Take advantage of any work placements on your course to gain experience and make contacts within the industry.
You can gain valuable experience by contacting TV production studios, radio outlets, magazines and newspapers. Writing voluntarily for websites, print publications or other media outlets will also add to your portfolio and display your skills.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Some journalism graduates go on to work in journalism for a range of organisations such as national, regional and local newspapers (print and online), radio and television stations, magazines, media and broadcast companies and creative digital media companies.
However, many find employment outside journalism and the media. Typical employers of journalism graduates include:
- PR consultancies;
- corporate communications agencies;
- advertising and marketing companies;
Other common employers include the Civil Service and further and higher education institutions.
Work cacn also be found in law, management, public administration and politics.
Skills for your CV
A journalism degree provides you with a range of core journalistic skills including researching, investigating, interviewing, reporting and writing, in addition to technical skills such as video, editing, shorthand, audio, content management and web design.
Other transferable skills valued by employers include:
- critical analysis;
- interpersonal skills;
- a flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks;
- the ability to meet deadlines;
- the capacity to communicate information effectively and clearly.
The ability to listen and to work productively in a team are also crucial skills.
A small percentage of journalism graduates go on to undertake further training at postgraduate level. For those determined to pursue journalism, a relevant training course accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is generally highly regarded by employers.
For those looking to enter other career areas, options for further study include teaching and law qualifications, or postgraduate courses in areas such as marketing or PR.
When deciding what to study, consider your career plan, academic interests and the degree you have taken. Successful completion of a course does not guarantee entry into a particular area of work but can enhance your skills and chances of employment.
What do journalism graduates do?
Almost 80% of journalism graduates are in employment six months after finishing their degree, with more than one in six of these working in the UK as journalists and newspaper and periodical editors.
Other popular areas of work include marketing, PR, writing and translating.
|Working and studying||2.1|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Arts, design and media||26.9|
|Marketing, PR and sales||21|
|Retail, catering and bar work||19.1|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||8.7|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.