I have been getting many responses since my classes had started recently on how my parents approved my decision on pursuing mass communication and having journalism as a major (yet to be confirmed.) Some of them told me that they wanted to pursue mass communication as well, but their families insisted them on pursuing something else (for example, law or STEM.) This is probably because it sounds more promising, more intelligent, and more professional. It took me more than a year to actually convince my parents to let me enroll in this course.
I know that the stereotypes of being a mass communication student still heats up in the society (at least in mine,) or in any region that you’re in. Let me be your lime of light and a statement of evidence; to those of you who also need a picture of how it’ll be like if you were to pursue mass communication, in a very honest student review, this article is perfect for you.
First of all, if you want to study mass communication just to have your face appearing on TV and live in the glam spotlight, I beg you to forget it. Yes, there will be a chance for you to work in a TV production and become a host or a newscaster, but that is no such thing as coming on set before your call time and go home soon after. In this industry, as far as my research and how my lecturers told me, you need to be an all-rounder. You need to be able to do your own research on the story you’re in charge with, write your script, in terms of graphics, and if you are able to edit your own shots, do it.
Graduating from mass communication means that you don’t only perform on camera, or send your articles before the deadline to your editor– you need to be involved in the whole process. I’m pursuing a diploma in mass communication at the moment, and I need to grip and master all five elements in mass communication: broadcasting, journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations. Mass communication means having a message to reach a wide number of audience, hence, we need to study all mediums possible for us to reach the public. Having all these skills will make you be able to not only secure a job in media companies, but also corporate companies as well (if you prefer the suit and tie but still in love with people and creative work.) Public relations is important especially in big companies, because they need a department to handle advertisements, marketing and conveying their products to the public.
If you have the slightest thought of entering this course because everyone said that it will be a piece of cake without being deeply passionate and in love with it, don’t try. Mass communication involves a lot of creativity on so many levels- art, graphics, design, writing, directing, filming, presenting and so much more. If you don’t like thinking of new fresh content, doing presentations, writing essays as your exercises and assignments, or being literature-oriented, then please take this course out of your consideration. Studying mass communication is like a door to the creative industry– there is so much you can do with the skills that you have after you graduate. My mother’s friend, for example, graduated with a certificate in mass communication, and she is now a graphic designer.
Frankly speaking, nothing in the world is easy, but it is always bearable if you do it out of love. If studying mass communication and be in the industry is what you love, then go for it. If other courses are your niche, go for it. Don’t let anyone stop you. Be confident and firm with your decisions. Listen and consider their opinions as well, and think which is the best for you. Good luck!
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