Friday, April 18, 2014

What should writers worry about when they're in high school?

By Sarah Blinco

Sarah Blinco is editor of TravelLiveLearn.com (www.travellivelearn.com), and creator of Media Bootcamp (www.sugoimedia.com/mediabootcampusa) which is a digital training tool designed to get you on the fast-track to your dream career. She's worked in publishing and radio and is always happy to answer questions - you'll find her at www.facebook.com/travellivelearn or Tweet @sarahblinco

‘What should I do with my life’? It's a question we all ponder, and it's a tough one! It’s hard enough being in school, completing the final years of senior and trying to work out what you want to do with your life, but how do you discover all the options? Often mentors are not on hand who are able to answer such industry-specific questions – wouldn’t it be nice if they were!

I was chatting to an author friend about this recently and we both absolutely wish there’d been someone to help us out with more answers when we were in high school. Doing my bit to impart some wisdom then, this post is with particular reference to those of you who love things like media,  writing and English, even drama and the arts. In school you’re usually only exposed to a few job types:

journalist
author
teacher
radio personality

The really obvious ones, but did you know there’s a whole array of wonderful jobs out there where you can apply your love of writing and communications?

Let’s try an exercise.

Aside from media, writing or performing, what are you most interested in, or what do you love? E.g. your dog, red carpet fashion, astronomy, music, blogging, technology, movies, traveling?

Write it down on a piece of paper. Now consider, whatever you have written down, there’s a communications role associated with it! If you love your dog – or more widely, animals – you could end up in a communications role with an organization that protects and campaigns for animals. You might end up managing their magazine or website. Or perhaps you’ll be in their public relations department, or devise advertising campaigns? For those who perhaps said technology, well, where should we start? There’s a million tech start-ups who need writers and content creators, or you may end up managing their publicity and writing for a related blog! These are just a couple of examples, but I hope you understand my drift.

Of course, there’s the traditional media stream that you may dwell in too, and that’s great – television news, radio presenting, writing for a magazine, newspaper or digital media, or maybe you’ll talk your way into high places as part of a funky PR team.

The aim of this little spiel is to get you thinking. To get the juices flowing. Don’t get stuck in the mundane or feel like you’re limited, or even that you have to work it all out right now (because you don’t). Just know there’s amazing opportunities out there where you can combine your talents with your passions in life – keep surrounding yourself the things you enjoy, and it will fall into place.

13 comments:

  1. Ah I wish I had this exercise before, so helpful! I figured out what I wanted in the end, but I can see how this would have sped up the process for sure.
    I am currently majoring in Marketing which involves a lot of communication, and writing and all :) I love it!

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  2. Thanks for the post. It's nice to have a reminder that journalism, teaching, and full-time writing aren't the only options for someone who wants a career that involves writing.

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  3. Thank you for guest posting, Ms. Blinco! I recently decided to get a degree in communication, but this post is a generally great resource.
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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  4. im in middle school, lol.

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    1. I've still got a few months till high school. ;P

      But great post and I will have to keep it in mind. :)

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  5. I'm in High School. I know I want to be a writer, but also a middle school teacher and a missionary. I am glad because there is always writing and some hands-on things involved in those careers.

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    1. Hi Annie-Jo Elizabeth, it's great you want to do all those beautiful things, and writing will tie each of them together. Best of luck with it all :)

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  6. I am in High school, I have been considering mission work in Brazil for my future. I have such I love for writing that I wonder how I can use that when it comes to taking care of children in Brazil. For now I simply write because I love to. I wonder how God could use me in both ways.

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    1. Hi Melody, you can use writing in so many ways. The obvious one is that your writing and communication skills will help in teaching the kids. But, the exciting way is that you can write about your experiences - you could blog, turn it into a book even. This would share your experience with others who want to follow in your footsteps, and would also shed light on the situations you encounter. :)

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  7. Thank you for this post Ms. Blinco.

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    1. I still might want to do the 'typical' jobs, though. :) We'll see how God leads. :)

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    2. That's the cool thing - the world is your oyster so you can do whatever you desire. Good luck with it all, I'm sure you'll be great :)

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  8. Hi everyone, really glad I was able to help a few of you out with this :-)

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