Media outweigh English grads

In writing opinion pieces for a blog, you often come under fire and receive significant criticism from those who oppose your views. I feel, in today’s blog, that I will be almost murdered by English students when I argue that media and communication courses are more significant in today’s society. However, at the same time, I will admit that English language and literature are two of the most popular courses in the country, and are vital to our academic heritage. In many ways, media incorporates a large proportion of English at its core and therefore it would be ignorant to dismiss it academically.

What I am arguing here, however, is that media studies is a more relevant subject for a contemporary society which has witnessed a rise in the number of students studying for vocational qualifications and a shift towards vocational professions. You only have to compare the number of libraries or museums which would welcome an English degree compared with the vast landscape of the media which is growing as rapidly as the most senior industries today.

I recently read that media graduates are amongst the most employable and the subject is now highly valued, moreso than ever. Almost every organisation would welcome a media graduate as they possess the most diverse skills base including communication, team-working, written language, personal responsibility, time management, in-depth knowledge of new media, editing and other skills.

In addition media graduates are in demand and the landscape of the media is opening up a range of new opportunities. I may appear arrogant when I say this, but in today’s society a media graduate would surely be more employable than an English graduate, albeit the competencies they possess. This is a tricky thing to say as a proportion of media relies on the foundations of language.

Sure, English graduates are very employable in law, teaching and even the media, but media graduates possess a wider range of competencies and have skills which are more contemporary. English students possess skills in reading, critical analysis, debating, essay writing, and the ability to construct written documents; media students have similar, if not identical, qualities, yet they also have the industrial experience that so many English students lack upon graduation.

So, media studies is now a respected qualification and I am pleased to say that the old ‘mickey mouse’ tag has slowly died down, as has people comparing it with English to try and undermine the subject. Media students salute the world of English for allowing us to study various topics and areas of mass communications, but surely you must agree that from a contemporary point of view media is one point ahead.

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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 24, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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