As a student of journalism I am constantly reminded of the lack of availability of jobs in the industry post-graduation. Questions arise such as how valid are these remarks and how will this affect me? Over the past few years there is no hiding from the truth that jobs in the journalism industry have been disappearing at alarming rates for not only students but those already in the industry.
Rachel Buchanan of “The Age” speaks of her time as an academic lecturer and theguilt she felt towards educating these students in a dying industry that a majority of individuals studying will fail to find employment in post-university.
Cadetships at major Australian newspapers are evaporating with the Herald Sun, a major player in the industry, offering just six cadetships in 2012. This is a trend which has followed to the present day and seems inevitable to occur into the future. This is combated by the dismal pay rates for trainees and cadets who do manage to land one of the few cadetships available. However despite these trending facts the thirst for journalism amongst the youth of today continues to thrive, myself included.
Despite the constant negative dwelling of people around journalism students there is hope for us. As blogger “Journoterrorist” indicates, there is job potential for students of all graduation classes and intelligence levels. However it is essential that students of today remain interested in the industry and like most professions, they continue to strive to achieve the best results to enhance job seeking opportunities. This includes elements such as constant reading of articles, personal blogs, keeping portfolios and most importantly to believe that as an individual you have the ability to create better news then the applicants around you because if you are good enough you will build a career.