Studying journalism opens doors to many careers where your creativity, writing, communication and research skills are invaluable
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Broadcast journalist
- Editorial assistant
- Magazine features editor
- Magazine journalist
- Newspaper journalist
- Political risk analyst
- Press sub-editor
- Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
- Web content manager
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Advertising copywriter
- Digital copywriter
- Market researcher
- Multimedia specialist
- Public relations officer
- Science writer
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's 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 will be helpful. You could also start your own blog to develop your writing style and interview techniques.
Take advantage of any work placements on your course to gain experience and make contacts within the industry.
You could also find opportunities by contacting TV production studios, radio outlets, magazines and newspapers. Show an enthusiasm for their subject matter and ask if they have any work experience schemes. 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.
If you want to work in a journalistic role, you can find employment in the following organisations:
- national, regional and local newspapers (print and online)
- radio and television stations
- media and broadcast companies
- creative digital media companies.
Outside of journalism and media, there are plenty of options for you to use your creativity and communication skills. Typical employers include:
- PR consultancies
- corporate communications agencies
- advertising and marketing companies
Other common employers include the Civil Service and further and higher education institutions.
You can also find work 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.
It will also develop more general skills that are valued by employers, including:
- 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 work productively in a team.
A small percentage of journalism graduates go on to undertake further training at postgraduate level. If you're 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.
If you're 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've taken. Successful completion of a course doesn't guarantee entry into a particular area of work, but it can enhance your skills and chances of employment.
What do journalism graduates do?
15% of journalism graduates are working as PR professionals. Other jobs in the top five include newspaper and periodical journalist/reporter (13%), marketing associate professional (9%), arts officer, producer and director (3%), and author, writer and translator.
|Working and studying||8.3|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Marketing, PR and sales||29.4|
|Arts, design and media||27.5|
|Retail, catering and customer service||18.4|
|Clerical, secretarial and administrative||7.7|
Find out what other graduates are doing after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.