TV Journalism - A Reality Check : Roll, sound and a beautiful lady or an impressive gentleman appears on your television screen delivering the most important happening all around the world which is termed as 'news' in day to day life. Let's see the other picture, a rough and tough guy is standing somewhere in the public area and reporting the current scenario with a perfect ease, giving answers to all the questions being asked fluently. The two scenarios appears so glamorous, appealing yet convincing that majority of students pursuing Mass Communication or wanting to pursue the career dream of becoming an Anchor or a Reporter. The truth is these are not the only things you can do after completing your career in Mass Communication and Journalism, rather there is a huge heap of diversions available. Moreover the road to the set target of becoming an anchor or a reporter involves tough struggle, pains and practice. Generally the syllabus being taught in colleges doesn't synchronize with the media industry. So if you think you have acted in dramatics, did radio shows or news items in the college will pave your path in electronic media, you are probably mistaken. Once you enter into a news channel, it's a different world altogether. Please don't be surprised if your senior asks you to forget whatever you have learnt in college and start with a fresh mind. There is a famous saying in media, there are always vacancies in media and there are no vacancies in media, this solely depends on your connections. But if you happen to be a risk taker, love surprises, and hate a monotonous life then nothing will suit you better than Electronic media. The zeal to achieve ambition and high spirit to withstand the work pressure can only be the survival points. Electronic media offers a number of career options apart from reporter and anchor, like producer, editor, graphic designer, etc. Generally small news channels or the regional channels are the places where one can fetch internships easily and here you can learn all the basics. These internships are mostly unpaid and work allotted is popularly known as 'desk work'. To be more specific, the job responsibilities involve production work in which the news sent by the reporter from the field is converted into the news piece which goes on air. The whole process involves huge work force and unimaginable hard work with no scope of mistakes. The person responsible is known as Producer, he has the responsibility of handling the news item, setting its priority, importance and treatment. The news bulletin which is presented to viewers is the combined effort of reporter, technical staff, anchor and most importantly the production team. A news piece has no value or interest quotient if it receives no treatment. So the important link is production team about which public and even the students of Journalism are unaware about. Now if you are good enough the internship in small channels can be converted into the job, but with very low pay scales. The only rewarding point here is that you will get to do everything even if you are at a junior level. You could be making news stories, bulletins, special programs, you can be sent for reporting or if you are impressive enough, you can get a chance to be the face of the channel. To break into big media houses you have to be alert about the opportunities and up to date with the current affairs. This may happen within a year or it may take years to be in an esteem channel. Once you are there, half the battle is won because your finances will be handled smoothly but the work atmosphere will be totally different. You will be allotted responsibilities, depending on the level of entry. Here opportunities falling in your bucket become rare, the struggle becomes tough, working becomes competitive. It might happen that if you love writing stories still you won't get a chance to write a copy for days. The technicalities become very important. People who love reporting get chance after working on desk for years. You do get perks in electronic media but with time and patience. To get set go in electronic media, you must have hunger for new story ideas, knowledge and running pen. If you love juggling through newspaper, magazines and books, love to jot down ideas on paper that people who find difficult to resist, then nobody can stop you from storming into this glamorous field. iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing TV Journalism as a career, please post your queries here: SUBMIT __________________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Purvi Yadav, currently working with Zee Media as a production executive.
BBA - Not a Casual But a Fair Career Option : When students complete their 12th board examination, the first thing that strikes their mind is what's next? From what I believe, only a handful of students have a clear mind set of choosing a particular course and the rest keep on struggling between the choice and interest of their own with the choice of their friends and family. So there's always a dilemma in a student's mind that which course will aptly end up providing an exploring career and a stable future. Why B.B.A? Globalization and increase in industrialization led to a decrease in traditional jobs and increase in more professional and technical jobs. This has further resulted in introducing the knowledge of these jobs at the education level. Hence, the choices in career- field options have also tremendously increased in the last few decades resulting in more of fresh but confused minds. Gone are the days when engineering, medical, B.A., B.Com, and B.Sc. were considered as the only options for the students. Now with the outbreak of professionalism in the working styles of the corporate professional courses have also blown their trumpets in the education sector and one such course is B.B.A (Bachelors of Business Administration). How to Go About It? B.B.A is a 3-year undergraduate course offered by both government and private institutions across the country. A B.B.A course is to MBA what B.Com is to M.Com and B.Sc. is to M.Sc. BBA is available as both regular and correspondence study. The overall objective of the course is to impart business and management skills to students and prepare them for their entry into the corporate world. It is a fairly popular course among students nowadays and the skills developed during the course curriculum leads to the foundation of the management career. Students from all fields (science, commerce or humanities) could opt for this course after the completion of their 12th just by giving an entrance examination generally followed by group discussions and personal interviews to get into various institutions. Ideally, those students should go for B.B.A course who have natural leadership capability, a knack for management and good communication skills. My Experience Enough of the technical part now. I really believe that things are easily understandable when they get related to the personal experiences so I thought of sharing some of my real life experiences with you guys. So here it goes. I am a 20 year old, in second year of my college life doing the same course about which we are talking. Just like any other 18 year old, after completing my 12th I was totally confused regarding which course I should go in. I had no clue that I will be doing a management course in my bachelors. I had given it a thought that someday I might be in my MBA's but getting into a B.B.A college was not one of my choices at that point in time. Tried to desperately get into any of the on campus DU colleges but failed because everybody knows that with 80% score dreaming for DU for any B.Com (Hons) course is an absurd thought except for Eng (Hons). So I thought to take an entry into DU with an Eng (Hons) course. But the problem never ends, my father didn't want me to do English (Hons) and frankly so do I. It was indeed very tough to overcome that "Getting into DU Tag" but somehow I did eventually. I had heard about the BBA course a lot and though I had not given the IP BBA entrance exam as I was a fairly good student who had ruined her 12th scores and everyone in my surroundings took BBA as not a good option because a lot of students were doing that. So I found a misconception in everyone's mind that if a lot of students are doing a particular course and which is not that much popular as the traditional engineering and B.Com course then the course is not good. My father was also too mainstream about this stuff because he is from an engineering background and the other non-management people guided him that 'BBA.. naaah.. not a good option!'. But after cracking my FDDI entrance exam for BBA integrated program and doing a lot of research about the course and the college, I got the confidence to do this course. So, What Are You Waiting For! And here I am - in my second year of B.B.A and with full enthusiasm to stand right next to any of the B.Com, medical or any engineering student. The best part of doing these professional courses or I should say my course is that at a very early stage, we get the chance of working in professional environment through our internships. I know internships are part of almost every course these days but as far as I know students go for their internships at their masters level and I am having my 3 and a half month long internship just after my second semester examination. I know it might sound a bit absurd to some of the people that 'internship? Just in the beginning of second year!' And I was one of those people. But when I really got to work with my company the very moment I realized that how much these small things add to our knowledge. At a very early stage, we get the insight of how ours in the new career oriented world. Our mind starts working in the productive direction and by the end of the program, I see myself at a whole new level. Keeping in mind all the positive points I have mentioned above, I believe I am cruising on the right path full of hopes and light, which earlier seemed dark. iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about BBA as a career option, please post your queries here: SUBMIT. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Shamini Gairola, a BBA student at FDDI School of Business Management. An avid reader and a sports enthusiast, she plans to pursue an MBA in finance.
Why Aptitude Test and Career Test is Important While You Choose a Career? | iDreamCareer : Aptitude Test and Career Test Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions of our life and it is natural to feel confused or even stressed about it. We are constantly bugged by relatives, parents and friends firing the same question day after day, “What after 10th?” or “What after 12th?” or “What plans after graduation, beta?”, or even the famous “Which stream will you be selecting after 10th?” It is one of those decisions that sticks with us throughout our lives and has a really huge impact on our outlook towards life itself. It helps in shaping up the life that we want to create. Considering the heavy weightage attached to this decision, it becomes rather imperative that deciding on a career option is not something that can be done half heartedly or under the influence of friends and family. It is something that requires thought and planning. It is important to understand that choosing a career does not simply mean deciding upon the ultimate career profile which will guide you through the gates of success and fame; rather it means that a person should have the potential to grow with that career and achieve success through his/her decision. That is why it is very important for every student to understand what is embodied within the word Aptitude and why an Aptitude Test for career selection is important when tracing your path towards success and growth. Every career option requires a particular aptitude combination that should match with the individual's potential ability to grow with that career. Aptitude is basically defined as an innate, learned or acquired ability of an individual to perform certain tasks. Aptitude tests inculcate many factors like Numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, speed, accuracy, and other such abilities. Most commonly these tests would ask the student a question about their Skills, Values, Likes, Dislikes and their innate abilities. The test measures the strongest and the weakest areas in each realm of understanding and the innate psychometric ability that the student may possess. Usually, these tests involve the use of psychometric tests consisting of multiple choice questions, wherein a student has to select any one choice out of the given options. Taking IDC’s online aptitude test for your personal career assessment will help you to identify your strong and weak points. Aptitude tests help you understand which type of career will be best suited for you according to your potential. For example, if your spatial aptitude is high you can opt for careers like Designing and creativity, Architecture etc. If you have high aptitude in Numerical areas of understanding, careers like Finance and Management may be your cup of tea. Interest v/s Aptitude Many times people make a mistake while choosing their career according to their interest. It is very important to understand that interest and aptitude are two different things. In a nutshell, having interest in a particular subject or career does not necessarily mean that an individual has the aptitude or potential to perform well in that particular area and achieve success. For example, you may have an avid interest in flying an airplane, but it does not necessarily mean that you have the aptitude to also perform well in that particular career and achieve success within that field. Hence, it becomes very important to choose a career in which you have both the necessary degrees of interest and potential in order to achieve success. Utilize the power of career assessment before you delve into a particular career option or career path. This is what will ensure that you grow and develop your abilities along through the career option that best suits the development of your aptitude. Check our Sample Career Report here