I am constantly faced with the decision of what exactly I want to do with my degree in journalism. Many people have this idea of what a degree in journalism leads to, as far as a career, without understanding the vast amount of options one has with such a degree. Journalism degrees can lead to jobs in virtually any field that deals with the English language. This can include careers in advertising and public relations, two jobs people do not typically associate with journalists. Since beginning my studies at the University of Missouri, I have become aware of the many different options I have. I am now faced with tough decision as I approach the time where I need to choose what journalism sequence I want to pursue.
At this point, I really have only two options that I am considering. I will ether pursue a career in sports reporting or a career as a copywriter at an advertising agency. Each career choice comes with its perks and downsides. A career in sports reporting would allow me to do something that I do already and be around an environment that I truly enjoy; however, it may not pay very well early on. On the other hand, a career in copywriting would certainly pay better and would allow me to think creatively. I am confident that I could do each job well but I still go back and forth on which route to choose.
Sports have always been a passion of mine and a career in sports journalism was what I initially had planned to pursue when I decided to attend MU. After, the first semester I noticed that many guys had the same idea and I started to wonder if sports journalism was really the right choice. I didn’t want to go into a career simply because I liked sports, everyone likes sports. What would make me different than any other guy who enjoyed watching the NFL on Sundays?
At this point, during my freshman year in college, I was introduced to a show on AMC called Mad Men that portrayed John Hamm, a Missouri graduate, as a 1960’s copywriter in New York City. The show is great, (check it out if you have the time) but it also showed me another option for a journalism major that I hadn’t considered up to that point. I began to research what a career in copywriting would entail and realized that it may be something I would be good at. Copywriting would still allow me to write and use the English language, which has always been a strong suit of mine, but would also allow me to make more money, at least according to salary averages. I also thought that the idea of living in a big city working in a skyscraper would be pretty awesome, however would I really enjoy doing the work or do I simply like the idea of being some big shot in a suit?
I have an ongoing inner dialogue debating what I want to do with the rest of my life, as if I have complete control of that. I understand that no matter what route I choose, my life still may not turn out exactly how I plan it and that nothing I decide now is written in stone. I just want to get off to the best start that I can.
- What Is Copywriting? (electronic-marketing-solutions.com)