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Probably not experienced enough yet though. Are you a journalist Verbal? How did you start out? Just seems like it's impossible to get into at the moment (I've just graduated.) Most people say i shouldnt even bother trying at the minute, but that seems a bit extreme.
(Although I'm a disillusioned hack)
The industry's shedding far more jobs than it's creating at the moment and pretty much every newspaper's going through tough times. The entry level still tends to be an NCTJ qualification, assuming its news journalism you're interested in, or you could try getting work experience placements.
which is obviously going through hellish times. b2b sector is much stronger.
But it was only brief, and didn't lead too much other than some good insight and references for my CV. At the moment i'm just applying for internships and that, but I can't afford to work for free for that long and others have told me that they very rarely lead to anything. Had no luck so far anyway.
Is the NCTJ definitely worth it then you think? I looked into it but didn't want to put myself in more debt right after leaving Uni and would probably have to work elsewhere for a year to afford it. Now I'm getting desperate though.
there's the PTC as well if not.
Probably a massive rookie question, but what's PTC? Magazines?
always worth dropping a CV in, no matter what.
I am, ctv, though only about 14 months in. I graduated then luckily got a bursary which paid half my fees towards a post-grad course. Did that, lived at home for a few months while applying for jobs and working part-time. Eventually got a job after eight months of applying. It gets frustrating but to be honest for where I am now it's worth it. I'm now in my second job and enjoying it.
You've just got to give it a go, dude. What's your experience? It's a competitive market yes but then so is everywhere. What I will say is once you get your first job under your belt things become a lot easier. The first step is hardest, just got to work hard to do it (usually by sending off 1000s of applications...)
There are a few other journos on here as well.
A brief work experience placement at the mirror and some blogging. But thinking about NCTJ. Have been applying for all manner of graduate positions and internships but not having much luck so far. Half the places don't even have the courtesy to reply with a rejection, but I guess they get hundreds of applications.
Was your first job in anyway related to what you really wanted to do? Because right now most of the things I'm applying for I'm not especially interested in, I just need a job and a way in. I'm hoping it would open doors, so to speak,but also a bit worried that they would all be doors I don't want to go through. Still a bit too idealistic I guess, although that's rapidly changing.