Graduates of the Langara Journalism Program work in media and communications all over the world. Vancouver, of course, and points everywhere else: Terrace, Toronto, Kelowna, Hong Kong, Prince George, St. Albert, Saskatoon, Calgary, Abu Dhabi, Victoria, Squamish, Whistler and Johannesburg.
Langara journalism graduates are also landing in a wider variety of jobs, compared to previous years. The skills taught in the school lead to many more career opportunities than ever before.
We have grads working as reporters, editors, photographers, news managers, radio and television producers, and columnists, as always. But our journalism grads are also getting jobs as social media managers, online-news writers for television, human resource recruiters, corporate website managers, freelancers specializing in fashion and the auto industry, communications officers for non-profits, owners of public-relations businesses and more.
Graduates of the program are starting their careers in different ways. Some are choosing to work a combination of freelance and contract jobs in bigger cities. Others opt to begin their careers at small community papers where they “do it all.” The more entrepreneurial ones are even diving right in as consultants and starting their own businesses in communications, copywriting or research.
Some like where they've landed -- a small town, a freelancing career, an independent business -- and stay, while others use the experience to move on to daily newspapers, wire and online news services, magazines, broadcasting, or public relations.
The job market in journalism and communications is competitive. Still we hear over and over again that those with talent and drive are never short of employment opportunities.
As Victoria Paterson, a 2008 graduate working near Edmonton, says:" I've *had* to move three times since 2012 to places not of my choosing, but where my fiancee's career took us. And I've gotten a job each time. Hell, I've *tried* to be unemployed and failed at it."
A willingness to work outside the Lower Mainland increases career prospects.
Hear what our grads say.