Week Two – People Got Me Questioning: Where Are the Jobs?

I’ve always said that I love Britain. I have a strange fascination with that country and its people, culture, and most importantly music. It might just be the intrigue of the different, since it is vastly different from culture of the U.S. Whatever it is, I have decided that I want to start my career in Broadcasting over in the U.K., preferably in radio. British music is such a great thing, and getting the opportunity to interview musicians, attend concerts and festivals, broadcast this music and content over the airwaves and talk about it with other fans sounds like my dream career. That’s exactly what I want to do: I want to work for a British music outlet, either a radio station or television show.

British radio personalities get to work with some of music's most famous people, such as Kylie Minogue.

A problem about young professionals going into this industry is that the job market is very slim. There aren’t very many presentation jobs going around music broadcasting, and it’s difficult to get your foot in the door unless you know all of the right people. Just today, BBC Radio 1 hired a new DJ for their station, and just like any of their previous new DJs, has a lot of experience and known around the BBC. Many people are vying jobs in this competitive industry, and just about every [rare] hire is a success story.

People are more likely to land a job with a smaller stations, yet the pay is small, and the opportunity to work with major musicians is pretty much slim-to-none. This is why landing a job in the radio industry is difficult, especially since it is fairly difficult to move up within the industry.

The title of this blog, taking inspiration from Cheryl Cole’s brilliant hit ‘Fight For This Love‘, is not implying that people nowadays are literally “fighting” each other for a job, but the fact that in any industry right now, jobs are hard to come by. The job market is a scary place for college graduates and young professionals right now. Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn into a situation where people really DO begin fighting to jobs.

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