Choosing a career in journalism amid COVID-19

By Arogbonlo Israel


In the current climate of uncertainty, choosing a lifesaving career or other opportunity could be challenging. Using available resources can help aspirants develop efficient plans, utilize their unique resources and move the process forward.


In recent time, thousands of Nigerians have started worrying about losing their jobs due to the Coronavirus crisis and the worst of the damage is yet to come, according to reports making rounds on the social media. 

Moving on, it is pertinent to note that aspirants seeking admission must be pragmatic in terms of choosing a lifesaving career amid COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Hence, this necessitates the purpose for this article so as to guide them in making wise decision.


Without mincing words, choosing a career is a conscious and deliberate efforts by aspirants who more often than not are eager to find a lucrative profession in line with their preferences.

However, our focus in this article centres around choosing a career in journalism. The writer will be identifying five crucial points aspirants must note while considering journalism as the most preferred profession among host of others.


Here are the highlights;
*Discover New Things*


If you love learning new things, journalism may be the perfect field for you. As a journalist, part of your job will be to inquire new information and ask “why?”, questions to find out more.

In your professional writing degree program, you will explore many different areas that will enrich critical thinking and analysis. Overall, this will prepare you to successfully gather information and communicate through your writing.
*Work in the Field*


As a journalist, you will be able to apply the concepts you learn hands-on. Rather than spending your days doing tedious tasks, you will have the opportunity to work with different people in a variety of settings. In addition, being a journalist can provide you with the chance to travel to new places to cover stories.


*Interact with All Kinds of People*


Do you consider yourself to be a people person? With a journalism career, you will meet many new people that you may not have met otherwise. You will get to know people from all walks of life and have the opportunity to hear their stories. This can allow you to gain a new perspective that will benefit you both in your career and life.


*Build Your Network*


In today’s world, networking is a valuable skill to have. As a journalist, you will work with others to accomplish tasks, which will teach you how to work as a team and provide you with opportunities to build your professional network. The connections you make can benefit you in your career and lead to opportunities further down the road!


*Pursue an Exciting Career*


There will always be news to report, and there will always be the need for effective communicators to report it. While advancements in technology may change the way a career in journalism looks, there continues to be a need for those who are skilled in different kinds of writing. By becoming a journalist, you can take part in the excitement as the field continues to grow and change!


In summary, a career in journalism allows you to diversify and multitask in the  shortest time available to carry out tedious works because every journalist is a potential jack of all trades but master of all.

What this means is that you are afforded myriad of opportunities to explore yourself in your day-to-day activities.

Lastly, there is a catchphrase in the field of Journalism; ‘No communication, no society’, meaning Journalism is the mainstay for the establishment of every society with no exemption to ours. Hence, the ball is in your court. Choose wisely!

Arogbonlo Isreal


Arogbonlo Israel is an Akure based journalist.