Graduating soon and directionless :(

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

If you enjoy writing and journalism, you could always work as a copy editor. Actually, a lot of jobs involving writing would be similar to journalism without the need to speak to people on the fly. Technical writers, editing, etc. I was in journalism for a while too and couldn’t handle it either, so I feel you with the sense of being lost with the change!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Magazine journalist? I work in editorial at a parenting publication, it’s pretty sweet – not too stressful, great colleagues… and they let me write 🙂 except you’d have to do interviews from time to time. Also, consider becoming a sub-editor, the role requires VERY little people contact because you’re just working with copy mostly. I also have anxiety and am shy. Working at a newspaper would stress me out with the deadlines and interviews, but magazines have a longer turnaround time so it’s usually a more chill environment. Also if you just like working with words, consider a role editing books in the publishing industry. Good luck and let me know where your thoughts take you 🙂

EDIT: Just another consideration: professional blogger? You can make a living from blogging about something you’re passionate about. So many shy people blossom behind a screen, and find online you can be whoever you want to be. But you have to be extremely committed and willing to put your face online.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I worked as a reporter for three years but with my anxiety it was not the career for me. I also have a degree in Mass Comms and English (with post-grad in Journo) and now I work in PR as a communications advisor.

It is the perfect job for me, you get to write but without all the horrible stuff of being a reporter.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

TiffLee:  I just applied for communications roles and used my experience in reporting as well as my mass communications background. You may have to start in a lower role but it’s easy to wrok your way up. There is definitely a job out there for yout that will utilise your skill set without making you anxious or uncomfortable.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

TiffLee: I worked for one of the biggest PR agencies and a small boutique and if you don’t thrive under politics, crazy deadlines and making connections, it’s a tough industry. You have to be a great writer, confident, able to run meetings, talk with executives, reporters, etc. 

or you can get on anti-anxiety meds like all the senior leaders. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

TiffLee:  Sorry for the late reply. I live in a big city (Sydney, Australia) so there’s a few mags here, although it’s quite competitive, you really need to put yourself out there, actually call up your favourite magazines and ask them for a job basically.

Pick something you enjoy doing, perhaps there’s a magazine for it near you? For example, hobbies or interests such as knitting, biking, travel, parenting, music, art… you name it, there’s a magazine for it. Or, write freelance for magazines. Then you don’t have to move closer to a bigger city to get involved in the media industry.

If you want to be a writer then make sure you approach them with an example of your writing that fits their “style”. Or even try getting one of your articles published with them first!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

bitsybee:  +1 PR is not a job for those who DON’T want to be outgoing. It consists of approaching strangers and managing relationships with contacts.

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