NOTICE: Media School Should Require Career Preparation Class


I’m supposed to graduate next semester. These words come out like molasses from my mouth every time I say them. Unsurprisingly, given my chronic procrastination and general avoidance of tasks, I’m far from ready for graduation.

I’m barely 21 years old. Going to the liquor store seems illegal. My username is always vertical. I don’t know how to change my oil and I can’t balance a checkbook.

And next year, am I supposed to miraculously metamorphose into an adult? It sounds like a really funny joke.

Except it’s not a joke, it’s my real life.

I wouldn’t be so worried if I majored in business with my career plan that was announced to me on the first day of my freshman year. But I did not do it. I decided to “pursue my passion” and all that other nonsense.

All kidding aside, I love being a Media School student. Although I had a rough start, I fell in love with UI’s journalism program. And I wish the Media School had a stronger hand to get me there.

The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs requires at least one career preparation class after graduation. The Kelley School of Business employs three Compass classes that teach students tools such as resume development, professional interview protocol, and LinkedIn building.

Unfortunately, the Media School does not have such a course. We have the Walter Center for Career Achievement which can help retain these skills individually, but each student is forced to seek such resources on their own.

I understand that the Media School is one of many schools under the aegis of the College of Arts and Sciences – and the College is quite dispersed. However, this does not negate the fact that all students, whether or not pursuing degrees from large companies like the business school, deserve equal access to the skills needed to enter the workforce.

My second year before the pandemic, I visited a career coach from Walter Center. I made a one-on-one date and showed up with next to nothing – in hindsight, madness on my part. But to be honest, I had just changed major and didn’t know where to start.

Frankly, I haven’t received a lot of advice. I was told to “create my CV” and “come back when I’m done”, but that kind of advice got me going in circles. I could never get a job or internship without a sufficiently relevant resume, but I could not create a sufficiently relevant resume without a job or internship.

I felt lost.

But I have grown since. I discovered how to market myself to future employers, make counseling appointments, attend Media Career Day, meet one-on-one with journalism professionals, and use Handshake, a useful tool that connects students with jobs and to internships. But I feel like my path to accomplishing these goals could have been easier.

As almost every column I have written evidenced, I have quite severe anxiety, especially in social situations. My whole personality can be described by the two fingers touching the emojis – with my head hanging down to add a little spice when I’m feeling particularly shy.

So no matter how difficult career development in general is, I can say without hesitation that my anxiety made it even more difficult. It’s amazing to have discovered my summer internship or to have started writing for the Indiana Daily Student.

With that in mind, I implore the Media School to incorporate some sort of career preparation class into the curriculum – or at least to integrate it into Media 101. This is especially important for anxious students who are struggling to cope. forge a path out of fear of rejection or failure.

I loved my time at Media School and can’t wait to find future jobs and internships. I just wish I didn’t hurry to organize all the necessary tools at the eleventh hour.

Natalie Gabor (she) graduated in Journalism with minors in Corporate Marketing and Philosophy. She hopes one day to find a career that surpasses her brief stint as a Vans employee.


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