Media graduates the most employable

According to a recent BBC news article, media graduates are amongst the most employable of any group of students. If I mentioned this to a grandparent they would probably laugh in my face as media studies is considered a ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree which people presume is easy to pass. Until you start university you may share that opinion, but take it from me a degree in media is not an easy option nor is it a degree which some people classify according to a Disney character – which, in many ways, is saying that Mickey Mouse must have studied at university!

Let’s put this into perspective; media graduates are employable due to their skills and knowledge in contemporary media forms and various mediums, from television and radio to journalism and public relations. Photography, music and web design are all classified under the umbrella term of mass communications and employers look for a set of core contemporary qualities; communication, team working, mobile media, technology, visual and audio, and the underlying theory which links in to many areas of cultural studies, literature and English language.

I am not being biased but I would much rather employ a media graduate in my business than someone who can read novels and analyse stories (literature) or who can recite World War 2 (history). Whilst English is phenomenally important and intellectually challenging, people need to realise we live in a contemporary media-fuelled mobile society where ‘tweeting’ and ‘blogging’ are becoming more important – in a professional, work context – than telling me about A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Of course this depends on the career you choose and all degrees are applicable to a certain degree. But for once it is pleasant news that media graduates are placed higher than some of the traditionalists. On various teacher websites there is also discussion of focusing on media skills and interactive competencies, as well as an increase in the number of media qualifications and teacher training courses. There is clearly a demand for the mass communications in our popular society.

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About Cuts, News and Views

The site’s author is a student at the Birmingham School of Media and a journalist for both Birmingham Budget Cuts and Sony Music Entertainment. He is a PR consultant as well as having worked for the BBC. The author also contributes on a freelance basis to The Times and The Guardian. Dean Hill is a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Posted on May 7, 2011, in Opinion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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