Need help/advice on switching my major.

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    May 26, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    I am currently attending West Virginia University and majoring in Pre-Law with a concentration in International Studies. However after speaking with my public speaking professor who is also and advisor the the Journalism students he has brought to my attention the different fields in journalism, the benefits, and etc. If i do end up changing my major it would be in Broadcast Journalism. Now in the end I know that It will be up to me to make the final decision. But I would like some advice for anyone who majoring in journalism and law or who has majored in journalism or law.
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    May 26, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    At the end of this semester I will have both a law degree and an arts degree with a major in journalism. I have also studied politics and international relations.

    My experience? I'm not going to become a lawyer. For me, I don't think it's a great career option. It was very dry and filled with intensely competitive people. In saying that, doing the law degree has given me a set of skills that my arts degree could never provide me with - but it is a long investment for just skills and not knowledge that you will use professionally.

    Journalism is a tough in the sense that job wise, it's probably going to only get harder to pin something down. Journalism was much more interesting for me though. At the moment, I work in public relations and that's the direction I'll continue with. Without journalism I couldn't have gotten my job.

    All three streams - law/journalism/international relations lead to a range of career paths. Try and pick an area that you enjoy, rather than a job, and go for that.

    Do you have an 'end game' in mind?

    Do you have any specific questions?
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    May 26, 2012 12:42 PM GMT
    in the words of barry rubin, pre-law and broadcast journalism aren't degrees... they're hobbies
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    May 26, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    smith_wvu saidI am currently attending West Virginia University and majoring in Pre-Law with a concentration in International Studies. However after speaking with my public speaking professor who is also and advisor the the Journalism students he has brought to my attention the different fields in journalism, the benefits, and etc. If i do end up changing my major it would be in Broadcast Journalism. Now in the end I know that It will be up to me to make the final decision. But I would like some advice for anyone who majoring in journalism and law or who has majored in journalism or law.

    Judging by your writing ability, I'd stay away from journalism and see if WalMart is hiring. WVU - do they just let anyone who can sign financial aid documents in now?
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    May 26, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    You have to do what you think will a) be engaging for you and b) what will make you a decent living.

    I started out teaching college level Humanities and World Mythology, but discovered that, thanks to America being long winded on the impotance of education but empty in its actions, I went back to school and completed a medical degree at the doctorate level. While the pay in the new field was fantastic, it was not at all rewarding thanks to corporate greed and mismanagement and a total lack of real and sufficient patient education time. The result: I am now starting my own Welness Program design, wellness coaching and personal training company being that I am in the unique position of having expereicdena and credientials on the medical and fitness/nutrition (am also a NASM CPT) sides of the equation. Most people only have one side or the other, but not both, providing me with a great integration advantage. I loved teaching, but I couldn't get a full time job at colelge level since hiring adjuncts and TA's by the score was cheaper. I loved medicine but couldn't ahve any real impact on people beyond throwing drugs at them when most of them had problems solivable by other means that required more time. So now I am combining all my backgrounds into one roof and making my own company, which I hope will be successful.

    My point here is that you are going to have to pursue what you are ultimately going to enjoy and find rewarding, both personally and financially. And you may have to try several firelds out to find out what that is. It could be law, It could be broadcast journalism (though I find nothing in the latter I would call real journalism anymore) or it cold be something entirely different.
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    May 26, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
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    smith_wvu saidI am currently attending West Virginia University and majoring in Pre-Law with a concentration in International Studies. However after speaking with my public speaking professor who is also and advisor the the Journalism students he has brought to my attention the different fields in journalism, the benefits, and etc. If i do end up changing my major it would be in Broadcast Journalism. Now in the end I know that It will be up to me to make the final decision. But I would like some advice for anyone who majoring in journalism and law or who has majored in journalism or law.

    Judging by your writing ability, I'd stay away from journalism and see if WalMart is hiring. WVU - do they just let anyone who can sign financial aid documents in now?


    1. I'll have you know that my freshmen year of college I won a writing award for my paper on "Legalizing Marijuana". It was so good that I was offered the opportunity to meet with the Supreme Court Justices and have them read it. I apologize that I made a few errors, but is anyone perfect?

    2. Judging by you're answer, you're probably alone with a dozen cats. It must suck to suck doesn't it?
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    May 26, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
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    smith_wvu saidI am currently attending West Virginia University and majoring in Pre-Law with a concentration in International Studies. However after speaking with my public speaking professor who is also and advisor the the Journalism students he has brought to my attention the different fields in journalism, the benefits, and etc. If i do end up changing my major it would be in Broadcast Journalism. Now in the end I know that It will be up to me to make the final decision. But I would like some advice for anyone who majoring in journalism and law or who has majored in journalism or law.

    Judging by your writing ability, I'd stay away from journalism and see if WalMart is hiring. WVU - do they just let anyone who can sign financial aid documents in now?


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