laidoffjournalist wrote: as stars burn wrote:
david33mba wrote:For those of us who currently have decent paying jobs, going to law school is looking more like a questionable idea each day...
Thoughts from others in the same boat?
I have a job, er, jobs, but it doesn't pay all that great. I get to save money and that's all I care about right now. In fact, if it weren't for my fiancé I'd probably be living with my parents right now. As a journalism graduate there are zilch journalism jobs where I'm at and the few students I know who did find reporting jobs had to move far away...which wasn't an option at the time (I live in Florida, ah, the price we pay for love). I really want to go to law school, and honestly, depending on how much scholarship money I get, ect., life after graduating law school couldn't be worse then life after I graduated undergrad with no job. I'm prepared.
Another one! Haha! J-school is the biggest scam right now. And I read that J-schools are as packed as ever. I want to bust through all the classrooms and beg these kids to major in something else. Read angryjournalist.com for fun sometime -- I'm sure it was once for venting about the trials and tribulations of reporting the news, but now it's all about furloughs, shrinking newsrooms and lay offs. I am actually the only person I'm aware of in my graduating class who did manage to find a reporter job in the area. I got laid off but I actually work for a good large paper right now... but as a correspondent because they are laying off full-time staff, not hiring. For the record, I do live at home because I can't afford paying my own health insurance and
rent. Some days I want to get a one-way plane ticket to Thailand. I too have decided law school cannot possibly be worse than my situation right now. Ha.
It's so comforting to know I'm not the only one!! I just graduated last December, and must have sent out around 300 applications. I desperately wanted to move out of the state, but I got engaged last Christmas and my fiance has a great job here in Florida, which, ultimately, limited my job scope. I knew I was going to law school even before I graduated from undergrad but I felt so defeated when I couldn't find anything with my journalism degree (I took a year off to work and save money).
I agree with you. I can't believe journalism school is packed. I'm friends with several of my journalism professors on facebook and they always post articles about how j-school is growing. Most recently, my professor posted an article and said, "Are these students crazy for coming to j-school? No, they are going to change the face of journalism!" I laughed for about an hour. I know a grand total of about 4-5 kids who are currently working in journalism, 3 that got laid-off and around 20-30 who are still journalism job-less. The 4-5 that do have jobs are doing fairly well: one is an editor for a Spanish magazine in NY, and another is an education reporter for the LA Times (I believe?), but as you can see, they all are far away from Florida. I try not to regret doing journalism, but I think my expectations were too high. Hey, at least we'll have one up on the intensive writing in law school and law review. Though, whenever I meet a journalism student I immediately try to talk them out of it. It is a complete joke right now, and not to mention, the pay isn't that great anyway. Hope the whole law school thing works out for you! I get my LSAT score in a week and then it's either I re-take, apply at the end of December or send out all my apps. now.
I'll have to read angryjournalist sometime. Thanks for the link! And PM me sometime and we can crack on journalism, haha.