I, like any other person serious about their future career, was worried about the path that I was taking to get there. At one point I felt like I was making all the wrong moves. Why? Because when I finally received a callback for an interview at a local news station I did not get the job. The job was for the position of an associate producer, which is an entry-level position. It’s one of the lowest, if not the lowest, positions that one could apply for at a news station on the news side. Not to mention it was a part-time, therefore, no benefits, whatsoever. Being turned down hurts. After finding out that I didn’t get the job, emotionally, I was a wreck. I felt like I wasn’t good enough, like I didn’t amount to anything. And although I knew none of those things that I felt were true, they felt very true for a short time period. So, I continued to ask myself : “Why was I rejected?” Well being that the job position for an associate producer was more on the technical side, the hiring manager stated that I lacked experience and that the courses that I was taking at my college were not “relevant” to the job position. That was probably the biggest slap in the face, you know? The whole reason why I’m even in the program is to be able to get a job in news. After that interview, I felt like pure garbage.
“After the interview, I felt like pure garbage.”
I felt like my four years in the US Navy didn’t display what a hard worker I am, what a reliable person it molded me into and how easily trainable I would be for a job that is in the field I want to make a career out of. It’s like the fact that I was so eager to learn and be molded into the producer that they needed didn’t account for anything. I couldn’t see what went wrong, and I thought maybe something was wrong with me, and I should either go to another school or back to the drawing board to decide what type of career would be good for me and the abilities that I have.
However, now, something has changed. It’s safe to say I’m sticking to my goals of becoming a reporter and working in the production field for news. I decided I would apply for an internship at the station and get the experience that I lacked. I decided, I will prove myself wrong, and hush those doubts I have, especially after the class I started on Monday, Intro to Broadcasting. The doubts that I had of me not taking the “relevant courses” are now gone. My professor has a background of working for ABC and CBS news stations as a journalist, producer, director and pretty much every position that can be held in the newsroom. Everything he stated about journalism and the history of broadcast, and on how the class was going to be taught and what it would consist of – just made sense. He also brought into the scope the purpose of the Converged Communications program, and how it is essential to have a knowledge of a little bit of everything dealing with communications. For instance, my Assembling Digital Media class. In that class, I worked with different types of digital media, and was taught on how to establish and online presence. I also learned the background of how digital media is what it is today and how it is a essential for a communications major.
Now everything is coming together. Finally. I’m excited about the future, now, that it’s not even funny. No seriously, it’s not.
I’m finally starting to see the light again, and it pretty bright, if i may say so myself.