If you’re in the Missouri School of Journalism, you’ve no doubt heard about the low employment rates and starting salaries after graduation. You may have also noticed that the school doesn’t provide much in the way of career guidance.
We’ve talked about this issue before, but given that it’s been a couple of years, we thought it was about time to reevaluate and see if there has been any improvement in the Journalism Career Services Center. The J-School has been aiming to improve the Center for years, but has it actually succeeded?
Unfortunately, looking at its resources, it doesn’t seem as though much has changed since that last post from two years ago.
The Center’s website says that students have access to counselors to help them, but is that any different than the journalism advisors we use to help us plan out our schedules?
The Center seems to mainly just be links to other career and success centers on campus as well as a couple of hiring websites, such as Hire Mizzou Tigers.
These resources are not meant for J-Schoolers alone, though. The website offers some helpful advice, but it’s not the same as sitting down with a real person and and getting help on that terrifying job search.
It seems like the most helpful resources journalism students have are job fairs, but what’s the likelihood of finding a journalism job there (aside from the strat comm kids who have their own special fair)?
What’s really alarming is how long it’s been since the Career Services social media has been updated–what a shocker, a J-School entity not updating its social media outlets.
Career Services used to send out mass emails about job listings and would regularly update its blog and Twitter account with job opportunities. However, the blog hasn’t been updated in over two years and the last tweet dates back to October 2011.
These would be great ways to keep students updated on potential jobs as soon as they are posted, but it looks like that just isn’t happening.
How does this compare to other top journalism schools? Syracuse’s Career Development Center not only regularly updates its social media with opportunities, but it also offers and advertises one-on-one advising appointments, resume and cover letter services, regular seminars and job fairs specifically for the Newhouse School.
The Columbia Journalism School holds career expos every year, among other events, and keeps an updated deadline calendar for jobs, internships, and fellowships along with its advising services.
Northwestern also provides online job and internship resources in additions to workshops, a career resource library, and, you guessed it, advising appointments.
The Missouri School of Journalism gives its students an excellent education. But, it could be doing a lot more to help them prepare for life after Mizzou. Obviously, students aren’t completely on their own, but we could definitely use more help than we’re getting, especially at the world’s best J-School.
What do you think the J-School could do to improve its Career Services? Let your voice be heard in the comments!