Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mass communication

That's right, you got me right, it's time to get some sun again! woots!

Okay no, maybe not the sun. Not in Malaysia at least, probably get sun cancer here. haha

I have to clarify something. This afternoon when my sister was back for lunch and she caught me hanging in the living room being a couch potato.

Naturally, she asked "No class today?"
Me: "I holiday d wat"
Sis: "WHAT?! Holiday AGAIN! why your course like everytime holiday wan?"
Me: "hehe..." *goes to the fridge to grab something.
Sis: "So what your course study 3 months in a year only r?"
Me: "Yup!"
Sis: "HUHHHHHHHHHH!!?? WHAT 3months in a year only r?!"
Me: "eh eh eh, no no. About 6 months per year." (actually to be more accurate is 7 months)
Sis: "Haihz....So fun man you..." walks away with her cake :)

First of all, she's a pharmacist and working. Thus, the whole "omgosh, arghhh, I got to go to work tomorrow thing" Though, one thing that I'm envious of her job is that she earns pretty well and quite a lot of 'cuti gaji' (paid leave).

Secondly, it's not just 7 months of studying only and literally holiday all the way. I'm in Mass Communication and it is highly advisable to use the other 5 months to intern/ part-time jobs to give you a head start. In this industry, it is very competitive. VERY COMPETITIVE! Thus, in Taylor's, we are encourage to get as much practical as possible. Experience is something you can't get in classroom, lecturers can't teach you everything! Yes, they can tell you their experiences and about working (most of the time students don't even listen in class) but it is their experience and their life, not yours! With that extra knowledge gained, assignments will come easier too! Consider the 7 Months are theories and 5 months to do some practicals.

Thirdly, Mass Comm student are not all just wild and want to have fun. Stereotype! We are just encouraged to be more sociable and lively because that's what we do as our career in the future. At least mostly, unless, you choose to be bitter. You still need the passion to make this work, not everyone can do this. If you hate PR, Events, Journalism, Multimedia, Broadcasting, Advertising... THEN DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO TRY GOING INTO THIS LINE! Seriously, don't waste your time. I have friends in my class that regretted studying Mass Comm and their reasons:

1. I join this cause I thought it was an easy path.
2. I thought no need to study so hard.
3. Joined d only found out cannot earn money wan.
4. I thought don't need to write so much.

I feel very upset and disappointed when I hear all these comments. Nothing is easy and no course doesn't require you to not study hard. Earning money really depends on what you do and how you do it, there are loads of mass comm related jobs that pays very well and earns really good income. Don't require much writing? OH PUH-LS! Ask any mass comm student, they will probably think you are some bimbo or some kid just got out of the jungle. Don't believe them when they say less writing because all you got to do is to pose in front of the camera and talk or handle the cameras or play with the software. =_= Like seriously, broadcasting still needs to do scriptwriting, timeline, management logs and etc. PR and Marketing even more writing due to press release and stuff. Advertising is not all about designing. Journalism is self-explanatory.

I have friends that changed study path from wanting to be an engineer to joining mass comm due to passion and I will not lie that I do have friends that joined the course just because they thought it was easy but found their passion during the course. Also there are those nuisance, keep complaining about the course, regretting and how they hate their Uni life when actual fact they failed their pre-u and ended up in mass comm cause though it was easy and fun.

Find your passion and do something. I don't deny that I have friends just lying around for the whole break time doing nothing, it's their life. Understand that companies are looking for pro-active staff. With a handsome resume, there shouldn't a problem when looking for a career in the future. Remember, build your career early!

jq

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