In 1999, I first applied for college with the intention of becoming a Journalism major. I entered college in 2000, and declared myself “pre-journalism” because the J-school has certain pre-reqs you have to meet before being admitted. I never got done with all the pre-reqs and ended up declaring a different major altogether. And yes, I feel lucky I did.
The lesson here is you can’t count on trends to continue. Had I made a “rational” choice to become a journalist, I would be in a dying industry filled with desperate people, all of whom are getting their pay cut and are working more and more hours trying to get ahead. One of my friends became a journalist after he graduated, and he had to leave the newspaper industry because they were making him work 70+ hours per week for a low salary that pro-rated to leass-than-minimum wages per hour worked.
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