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Asked by PRANJALI on October 15, 2016

I realized that I really enjoy being a Radio Jockey rather than electrical engineer. I am also interested in journalism, but don't know how to move forward. Any suggestion on how I could pursue some newfound passions, and a career?

Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on November 8, 2016

The great news is that you have found something that you are passionate about!  It sounds like you have a great opportunity within your current position as a Radio Jockey, to practice writing and finding relevant, interesting topics and stories.  Remember that hoping to make a change is not a strategy, so put onto paper a strategy including dates, deadlines and goals to accomplish making this move.  If it's possible, look for times to submit articles into local/national media, and you can start this while you  are a practicing electrical engineer.  With your passion around journalism, stay focused and continue to do what you love to do.  Good Luck! 

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Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on November 16, 2016

The first step to having a fulfilling career is to figure out what you enjoy doing. The good news is that it sounds like you have done that. It sounds like you may have a radio jockey position? If not, research local stations and see if you can set up any informational interviews. You can then get a better sense of what they are looking for, what exactly the role responsibilities are, as well as the organization's culture. If you determine that it would be a good fit, let them know you are interested in the station and they may be able to provide you with an internship or even a full time entry level role. With regard to your interest in journalism, that can take you in various directions. Are you interested in being a reporter? Or public relations or marketing? You can even apply it to working in a radio station if you want to combine your two interests. In any case, the best course of action is to network with people who are currently doing roles that you think would be of interest to you. and then you can gain a better perspective on if it truly would be a good fit. Good luck!

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Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on May 31, 2017

Welp, here's advice from a former radio personality. First, let me give you brutal truth about radio. It's fun work but the trade-off is that decent pay can be very hard to come by. The great thing is that you could double as an engineer and air personality at a station. Yes, that can really be done! One thing I did was made sure I always had a way of supplementing my radio income with other jobs.

As for how to get in, I suggest starting a podcast or doing some sort of low- or no-overhead online radio as an audio resume (it's called an air check in the business). Program directors are going to want to hear your delivery. The next step would be to start applying for jobs. Be confident because attitude is very much respected in the radio business. Also, establish a social media and web presence. A big part of the business is air personalities connecting with the public off the mic.

Just so you know, my way into radio was through an internship my senior year of college. I started in the promotions department just to get my foot in the door. I took out garbage, cleaned the promotional vans, took grief from sales people, and made my move three years later to get on air. I worked so hard and became so dependable that I made myself valuable even though I wasn't the most talented air personality. The lesson is that talent will get you noticed, but hard work and dependability can keep you employed. Last thing. Approach the business with a sense of purpose. You don't want to be just another blabber mouth on the air. Have a real reason for wanting to do the work. I hope that helps and best of luck!

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