It took me a long time to go back to school. When I graduated high school it was possible to forgo college for a blue collar job and that’s what I did. I graduated in 2001 and then the world changed. I remember my dad taking me to work that day. We were listening to 640 AM; my dad’s favorite station to hate, when they announced that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. I didn’t think much of it until they said another plane hit the other tower. Me and my dad drove in silence. When we pulled into the KFC parking lot I didn’t even get out the car. I sat in that car for 15 minutes listening to the news. Since that day the world as I knew it was never the same.
9/11 in this country was like a reset button being press. Millionaires were going bankrupted, the stock markets began to plummet, and a college degree was like getting a high school diploma. I had friends that were told that a college degree was the way to success. They went to school and graduated in 2005 and couldn’t find a job. I had friends who had to work at fast food and shoe stores because they couldn’t find a job. After all that hard work and sacrifice you still can’t find success. Many of my friends were bitter. I could imagine that disappointment. It was alway the same thing we need people with experience. With 9/11 companies couldn’t afford to teach a person how to do their job they needed them to be proficient straight out of college. A couple of years before 9/11 it wasn’t the case. My sister graduated in 94′ and didn’t have any experience and she got a job within 6 months. It’s hard for a college student to graduate with 3 to 4 years of experience in their field, that means you would have had to start interning your sophomore year. Everybody isn’t lucky enough to have that luxury. Many of my friends paid for their schooling, they didn’t have the time to work for free they needed every dime to pay for tuition.
I tried the best I could to make it without that degree, but I couldn’t. I needed that education to separate me from the pack. I’ve always been interested in film and TV, so when I decided to go back to school I pursued that passion. I made a promise to myself that when I get my degree I will work in my field. I’ve sacrifice too much to get a job in a call center. I’m not trying to be arrogant, but if I wanted to work in a call center I can do that right now without a degree. I see a lot of graduates getting jobs outside of their degree because they could’ve find employment within their degree. My advice is don’t settle. If you have to take a job that’s understandable, but don’t give up. Even if I don’t get a job at a radio station or T.V station right out of school I will still take my trusty 60D with me and create content. That’s the way of the world right now.
If it’s one thing that the events of 9/11 have taught me it’s if you can’t find a job create one. I will create until I can’t no more. It’s fun creating content for people to read or view. This digital journalism class is so helpful to me because it’s like exercising. The more you do something the better you get. Practice makes perfect. You don’t have to have a job in media to create content, you can do that on your own. I already do that and I would suggest other journalism and film majors to do the same. Don’t wait for a door to open sometimes you have to create your own opportunity. That’s one thing about my generation that I like. We don’t wait for a yes. If I want to create a short film I will. I won’t wait for a investor and I won’t wait for a big name to cosign me. I will just make it. It might not be the best, but the process will make me better the next time. For all you graduates having tough luck securing that prized job be encouraged and start doing what you want to do. If you want to be a director start directing. You want to be a writer start writing. You want to be a camera operator buy a camera and practice. Believe it or not the media world is wide open those who can create content without being told to will succeed.