By Chris Ryndak
I would love to be a professional journalist. Really, I would. However, I also want to live in a house and make money.
It’s a dilemma that, combined with the uncertainty surrounding the entire print industry (Gourmet Magazine announcing that it is closing its doors is yet the latest in a string of bad news), has steered me away from seriously pursuing a career in journalism.
Journalism is something that, simply, I have always enjoyed doing. You have to love the work. After all, no sane person would be in it for the money. But as I wrap up my time as an undergrad, I feel like I need to find a profession with a little more stability.
More than anything, talking to Jim Militello of the Associated Press served as a nice reminder that you can’t predict the future. Through networking and some dumb luck, Jim was fortunate enough to find a job he loves and has been able to keep for almost 30 years.
He didn’t plan it. He simply took advantage of every opportunity that presented itself.
Maybe the path I choose after graduation will lead me back to some form of journalism. Maybe it won’t. Either way, I hope that I can find satisfaction in whatever it is I do. You never know what your last job will be.
The current job market certainly does not favor aspiring journalists. I can’t say right now where I’ll be in a year, but I sure hope business cards don’t become my most valued currency.