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Add business classes to lliberal arts degree

Q.  My first year at the university is going well. I'm in the liberal arts college, majoring in psychology, but I'd like your opinion. I'm thinking of taking a double major, such as broadcast journalism and psychology. What do you know about these fields? Do you think this is a good idea? Is it hard to find work with that degree? Will I need a graduate degree to get a job?

Ans. Those are a lot of questions, but they show you're thinking along the right lines.
It's extremely hard to get work in any media since print media is disappearing and twice as many grads are trying to work in broadcast journalism, which always was crowded. If you really want to work in that field, major in it, but take business as your second major with an emphasis on marketing, such as sales, public relations, and marketing. You will have a better chance of getting in any doors if you show any companies, including media corporations, that you can help target their markets and attract new audiences and help sell their products, or stations. It also helps to take some Education courses, so you can apply for a teaching certificate and at least work as a substitute while searching for the job of your dreams. Think of your degree as "a tool to feed yourself with," in addition to fulfilling dreams. After you have your Bachelor's degree, "stop out" and work a while. Later you will be in a better position to think about grad school-and what to study there.

 

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