Week 1 (9/2): Introduction to Work Practice


“Got a new job” by DocChewbacca is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

First, a quick poll! https://www.menti.com/6ffjnpijap

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is “Not at all sure!” & 10 is “Absolutely certain!”:

How certain are you of getting a job in journalism after finishing your Diploma?



What is one small step you can take to get closer to a 10? How can you get there?


Let’s go through the Subject Guide.


  • What is your dream job?
  • Where do you want to work? Why?
  • Which media organisations do you know? Which ones do you want to work for?


  • Which search engines do you use to find jobs?
  • Which search terms do you use?
  • How else can you find jobs?
  • What about internships? Or work experience?

Find 5 – 10 job advertisements that interest you and save a copy.

They can interest you on one of two levels:

  1. You are drawn to the organisation. You like what they do. You like what they publish/broadcast. You can see yourself working there one day. Don’t worry too much about the location at this stage, or whether you like the job description, just focus on the media outlet and its overall purpose. Highlight what you like about it.
  2. You are drawn to the job description. You like the role and the responsibilities and can see yourself performing the functions of the role day to day in the future. Don’t worry too much about the media organisation or whether you have the skills to perform the job. Instead focus on the elements of the job description. Highlight what you like about it.

Analyse: Can you see any patterns or common themes in the roles you have found? This can be the type of journalism, the organisation, the audience the organisation reaches, the role itself or something else.

Plan: Now that you have an idea of the organisations and roles that appeal to you, how can you get that type of role in the future? Think back to the question asked at the beginning of class, what is one step you can take to getting closer to your dream job? What can you this semester to secure that job?

Author: veritychambers

Journalist and teacher

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