|Life After Broadcasting
The time may come when you decide to move out of Broadcast
into a new career. After working for years in one occupation,
it's easy to
feel pigeon-holed, and wonder just what else you're qualified
The good news is that you're more qualified than most people
transitioning from one career to another. That's because as
you've enjoyed a birds eye view of world politics, historic
fluctuations, and you've interacted with people employed in
a wide range of
careers. The following list contains traits that may pertain
Consider adding them to your own resume.
Able to exercise sound judgment in crisis situations. (how
many times have
you had to make a split second decision because a live shot
Fast writer, combined with outstanding extemporaneous speaking
(Reporters who adlib live shots should have this one down.)
Established extensive contact list of local (and /or national)
corporate, and celebrity contacts. (You are keeping all those
Able to meet deadlines and work under extreme pressure while
sense of humor. (Okay, maybe not all of us laugh while it's
Clean driving record with excellent navigational skills and
knowledge of local area. (Reporters and Photojournalists seem
to have a knack
of getting from one end of town to another in record time
in the middle of
rush hour by using surface streets.)
And while you're out there everyday in the field, remember
to be cordial to
everyone you meet. Twenty years from now, you may have to
apply for a job
from one of those people you're interviewing. Because of your
is quite likely they will remember how you treated them. If
you were rude or
condescending, it could be held against you.
A great book to help you uncover even more skills acquired
Broadcasting is "What Color is Your Parachute?"
by Richard Nelson Bolles.
It's available at your local library or bookstore.