I know the general consensus is that if you majored in Journalism in college, getting a master’s degree in Journalism right away is probably a waste and you should be out there working and interning instead. But, what if you have experience in the industry and would still like to go back to school. Do the rules change?
To be honest, I don’t feel like my B.A. in Journalism really means much. It was heavily newspaper-based and there was only one magazine course as well as one online course that taught me the basics. I’ve worked mostly as a web editor so my experience taught me all that I needed to know. However, I have no clue about videos, podcasts and I know only the basics of Photoshop and photo editing for the web. I realize I can learn all this through work experience or just by fiddling on my own, but somehow a grad degree seems worth it. Not to mention, the networking could be worth it.
I’ve mentioned before that if I do apply, it will only be to CUNY grad school because of the cheap tuition. Although my parents would be more than willing to pay for my grad degree (to immigrant parents, you are nothing without a bunch of diplomas, especially in this day and age when a Bachelor’s degree is easily attainable), but I don’t want to do that to them.
I’m still worried about what my next step is going to be after this job ends next month. Freelancing full-time is definitely the game plan but how successful will I be at that? From what I’m experiencing, it takes time to be a successful freelance writer/editor, so what do I do in the meantime?
So, I plan to study for my GRE’s and apply for grad programs in journalism as well as creative writing and literature for Fall 2010. If by then, my career takes a turn for the better, I can always not go back to school.