Is It The Perfect Career for You?

Technology has shrunk our world and communication has become crucial to our daily lives. Without information, our lives come to a standstill. Can you imagine a world without news to keep us connected? We sincerely, hope not.

We live in an era where knowledge is key to survival. Media & Journalism plays a crucial role in conveying to us the happenings in the region and around the world. It is no longer limited to newspapers, television, and radio; the arrival of internet has transformed the media industry into a larger world than it was earlier. Media has immense power to influence ideas and thoughts and shape professional, political, or ethical dialogues in society.

Media & Journalism is one of the most sought after careers for skillful and driven young minds. If you are not the one to choose a conventional path, a career in media & journalism is as unconventional as it gets. It provides an opportunity to work in odd situations you must be quick to adapt to and even rise up to the challenge on most occasions. The jobs in this line of career are glamorous and lucrative on one hand and demanding on the other.

If you are a good communicator, articulate and persuasive, the study of communicationformalizes these skills into a discipline that can be applied to almost every major employment field in the Media industry.

Industry Snapshot

The Indian media industry has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last few years with significant changes taking place in all three major forms of the sector – electronic, print, and web journalism. Considered a sunrise sector for the Indian economy, the media, journalism, and entertainment industry has proven its resilience to the world. Several government initiatives over the last couple of years have added to the sector’s growth and the centre has green lighted as many as 45 news and entertainment channels recently. This opens up a stream of career options in various positions including technical, artistic, creative, and financial, in the media industry.

The India media industry fueled by talent and innovation supports a large section of people with rewarding careers and quality jobs. Industry experts predict robust growth in the sector in the next few years due to improving macro economic conditions, rising disposable income and spending power, and move to digitization among other positive indicators. The sector is deemed to be among the fastest growing industries of the country. This is excellent news for those willing to pursue a career in media and journalism. The time is ripe for talented individuals to enter the field and reap the benefits as well as shape the world. 

Nature of Work

 Jobs in the Media can be divided into two categories. These are ‘creative’ and ‘non-creative’. These jobs fall under the categories: Management, Creative, Editorial, Technical, Research, Financial, Organisational, and Administrative. 

Media is ideal for those who want to pursue an unconventional career where every day is exciting and challenging. Far removed from the typical nine-to-five job, this career entails lots of hard work and long hours, but also name and fame. Even parents are opening up to this career choice for their children, which are a little removed from their stereotypical thought. There are also different ways people with jobs in the Media can work- these are shift work, fixed term, office hours, freelance, irregular pattern, hourly rates and piece work. 

In today’s era of communication and technology, people want to be aware and it is the role of the Mass Media to spread information about every relevant happening in the world. Journalists have a very significant role to play in this practice. While it seems traditional print Media may be in decline, journalistic and/or production skills in areas such as radio and video are highly valued by Media organisations looking for new ways to reach internet audiences.

There is a diverse range of jobs throughout the Media industry. There are a variety of methods of employment, which gives people the flexibility to find a job role that suits their needs and what they would like to be.  You can do this by going down a number of different routes for example Creative, Editorial, Research and Financial. Not only does a career in Mass Media enable one to have a say in front of a national and international audience, it is also one of the four pillars of our democracy and gives a lot of power to influence ideas in the public space.

Skills Required

  • Critical analysis
  • Research
  • Interpersonal & communication skills
  • A broad commercial & cultural awareness of the Media & creative industries
  • Teamwork
  • Initiation & development of creative work in writing, audiovisual or other electronic Media
  • A flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks
  • The ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines.
  • Computer graphics & desktop-publishing
  • Photography
  • Cope up with high levels of stress

Different Disciplines of Media Films Journalism

  • Mass Media
  • Advertising
  • Visual Arts
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations (PR) & Corporate Communications
  • Event Management & Live Entertainment
  • Films & Television (TV) Studies
  • Radio Studies
  • Theatre & Presentation Arts
  • Web Media & Cyber Journalism
  • Print Media
  • Media & Production Management
  • Broadcast Media Technologies
  • Photography & videography
  • Acting & Anchoring
  • Online

Education

After 10th

A student should study 11th and 12th in his/her field of interest. One has to be clear about the choice of career. 

After 12th

To become an expert in the field one can complete a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication/ Mass Media/Journalism after their +2. Options of diplomas, graduate degrees and post graduation programmes are available to students. One can also choose to pursue a professional course after completing 10+2. For undergraduate courses, 10+2 in any stream from a recognized board is required.

Media education covers a wide spectrum of courses. Before stepping into the industry, one has to be clear and specific about the choice of career. Different aspects of Media require specific course of training. For instance, editing requires a specific type of training. Similarly, in order to become a reporter (electronic or print), a degree in journalism is mandatory. One can choose to pursue a professional course after completing 10+2.

For post graduate courses, graduation in any discipline from a recognized University is compulsory.

Specific course of trainings like: A student wants to get into photography then he/she can do a certificate course or a graduation degree in the specific discipline. Final selection of the candidates is based upon the aptitude tests and interviews conducted by respective institutes to examine the calibre of the prospective students. Options of diploma and degree programs are also available at graduation as well as post graduation levels. Meanwhile short-term courses of 3-4 months in specific fields and extensive research PhD programs are also available.

Career Prospects & Job Opportunities

 A professional course in mass communication opens doors for a career in films & TV, publishing, public relations, journalism, editing, direction, filmmaking, scriptwriting, production, etc. In nutshell, Mass Communication widens up the horizon of career options for a person. Depending upon personal interest and inclination a mass communication professional can choose a job. Attractive and high paying jobs as journalist, actor, director, editor, screenwriter, RJ, producer, VJ are available to the talented and trained individuals. Privatisation has opened doors for talented and trained Media professionals, who are recruited by national and international Media houses, organisations/ groups offering them attractive salary packages. Opportunities are also there in government departments, like the All India Radio, Doordarshan, United News of India (UNI), Press Trust of India (PTI), and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B). 
Public Relations & Advertising sector, which offers a number of job options vis-à-vis Media planning, client-servicing or in the creative team.

Angels and Demons

Pros

  • Media Careers make you a witness to history.
  • Media Careers help you meet important people.
  • Your pen has the power to transform society.
  • You will get a name, fame and money for a famous story.
  •  Working hours usually vary and can be very hectic. Last minute news reporting requires long and irregular hours.
  • For the coverage of a story you will have to struggle.
  • While shooting for an assignment you can get physical injuries too.
  • Despite all efforts your story can be rejected.
  • Ethics are over ruled many a times in this industry

Cons

  • Working hours usually vary and can be very hectic. Last minute news reporting requires long and irregular hours.
  • For the coverage of a story you will have to struggle.
  • While shooting for an assignment you can get physical injuries too.
  • Despite all efforts your story can be rejected.
  • Ethics are over ruled many a times in this industry.

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