A week ago (May 4), I obtained my Masters in Communications emphasizing in Public Relations and Promotions from Lindenwood. To some, it’s a big accomplishment; to me, it’s just another degree. That sounds nonchalant but it’s the truth. All I’ve ever know is school, so it’s kind of second nature. Trust me, I’m not a straight A person AT ALL, I honestly do just know but as a grad student, I had to maintain a 3.0, pretty much B’s or more in all my classes. Doesn’t seem too bad but I was use to get them C’s and that wasnt gon cut it in grad school.
What I learned is…..I reallllllly didn’t NEED to go back. Yeah you heard me right. My desired career is to be an established journalist & blogger, eventually On-Air talent or Television Host, or even a entertainment social media specialist OR an entertainment publicist. With all that, I would’ve been good with my regular smegular Journalism degree. The way technology and social media is set up, I could’ve just watched a few Youtube videos and followed the Instagram wave of what entertainment reporters are doing, but since you can make more money with a Masters, it just seems smarter to go back to school BUT if I would’ve took this blogging and my dream career more serious, I wouldn’t need the proper “documentation” and “credentials” to become a Publicist or entertainment host, BUT here I am, $90k in debt hoping I find something close to my dream job.
My advice to people seeking education, make sure you’re doing something for you instead of what your parents want you to do. If you’re almost done, FINISH. If you’re just starting out and you’re unsure, take a step back and reevaluate your situation. Questions you could consider is:
- What am I good at?
- What do I like to do?
- Can I self-teach myself to enhance my skills? (YouTube, practice, etc)
- Is the money good?
- Do I have a lot of responsibilities now where I can make this change of move?
- Do I need school to sharpen my skills and educate myself further?
Consider those things. If you want to be a doctor, you know damn well you need to go to school. If you love to do hair, maybe you should consider hair school instead of attending a university UNLESS you want to take up entrepreneurship. If you like working on cars, go to a trade school. There are ways to educate yourself in your dream career.
As far as me, I’m just blogging one day at a time and trying to build contacts.
What is your dream job?? Comment below and check out my grad pictures!! Shout out to Phillip Ellington to doing such a great job on my pics!