Jobseekers in any industry are often bombarded with myths about their profession that end up ruining their first few years. This is especially the case for people looking at television or media as a career options. There are simply so many misconceptions that people get bogged down with the task of finding out what to believe before they take the plunge into a new job.
Here are some of the most enduring and common misconceptions about landing a job in this wonderful sector.
You’ll be paid peanuts for the first few years
This is simply untrue. Many companies realize the need and demand for freshers who can bring a great new perspective on their established businesses. They tend to offer more for work if they are convinced you are the right fit for the enterprise.
Over the years fresh candidates are offered much more responsibility and better pay than the decades before, which means talent is retained and well paid. Like any other industry as the changing music industry, it depends on what you bring to the table.
You’ll party with celebs
Some jobs do have their perks, but don’t go into this career looking for that, there may be meeting where you are in a team dealing with a celeb to figure out the strategy of the next live event or award ceremony, but that won’t translate to evenings of sipping champagne in penthouse parties. Focus on your career and the rewards should be just around the corner.
You need a media degree
This industry is very diverse, which means a media degree from a prestigious college may not be as necessary. A higher education is always welcome, but it doesn’t mean you can do the job better than anyone else, so your are still neck and neck with the high school dropout who has a flair for the arts.
Your interest, passion and work ethic will take you to the top rather than a piece of paper from a university.
You need to know someone to make it big
Knowing someone successful in the industry works well in almost all walks of life, but if you don’t have a contact you can always set about building it up. You don’t need to know someone to prove to people you have talent, and if you do have talent it will show and earn you gigs. Focus on learning and improving your skills rather than fretting about not knowing anyone in the industry.