It's been a year! And I still have no idea what to do with my life!

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    Aug 15, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    Okay, so I'm 19 turning 20, I left school in year 9 so I have no qualifications except a cert 3 in retail I just completed... But I'm adamant on one thing!

    I want to work in media!

    My first initial idea was graphic design, I've done it all my life. I'm good at it, but work is very scarce.

    Until recently it clicked, I love music, I love voicing my opinion and I love pop culture.

    And I love radio!

    I wanna work in radio!

    The problem? I'm competing against everyone else who has high school degrees and formal training, and there's no courses for a good 2 hours away from me and I don't have any funding to go do one of those courses.

    So I'm at a loss.

    I wanna do radio, but I feel like I have no clue how to get into it. I have a very creative side I believe I could express through radio, but I'm so unsure. My partner has no qualifications, he works in fast food n believes in just working, not doing what you love. I'm the opposite, but the problem is money and time.

    What am I too do? Any help would be great! Thanks!
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 15, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    What's keeping you from completing high school or getting a high school equivalency? It sounds like that would be the first step, no?
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    Aug 15, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    You're looking at stuff that's not in demand.
  • masculumpedes

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    Aug 15, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Do you really want to work? icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 15, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    I want to win the lotto, but I've never bought a ticket.

    Apparently I don't want it bad enough.
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    Aug 15, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    Kristoff, you're killing us here...

    Can we address your scrotum, and man boob issues first...dang, one thing at a time.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2596021
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    Aug 15, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    Do an internship. I'm almost 23 and I have a comm degree. You need to get your foot in the door, even if you work for free or are someone's bitch for a few months. Also, graphic design / communication (whether it be media or PR) is a very desirable combo. Also, be sure to showcase your work, what you've already done, even if you have no job experiece. If you have the passion, go for it. Despite the competition out there, if you really want to work in the field, someone will see that and want you. Also helps if you live in/near a larger city like NYC or Boston.
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    Aug 15, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    So get a high school equivalency then?
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    Aug 15, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    If you want it bad enough then just apply for some media courses upcoming in September through VTAC. In the mean time save up enough money to allow yourself to move closer to the city. (Enough to pay for food transport and rent for a couple of months until you find another job thats closer to your new location). If u do a uni degree you'll be able to have your course covered with the HECS plans so you wouldn't have to worry about covering the cost of that.

    The only problem though is that Media courses are very fucking competitive in terms of getting in. My advertising course only accepted 60 people out of 800 applicants and that goes the same for media, PR, journalism and any other media and comm strand. make sure you have a strong folio and apply for TAFE courses as a back up plan. Most uni courses require the completion of year 12 as a prerequsite so if you might have to stick to a tafe course or do year 12 TAFE . See if you can get on centre link to get most of the TAFE course fees subsidized so you'll only end up paying around 200-400 rather than 2000-3000 for a course.

    You'll find out whether you get accepted into any of your courses around November/December and you don't start the semester til Febuary so you have plenty of time to save enough for a move. And if that fails get up the extra few hours each day to be able to catch a VLine in.
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    Yeah it's easier said than done but If you wanna get your foot in the door then you're going to have to work hard for it no matter how many hurdles you have to go through first.

    If all else fails cruise for some media dick and sleep your way up.
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    Aug 15, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    So what I'm hearing, because it is ridiculously easy to get a GED, is, "I want to work in radio without having to do the same work as everyone else."

    Maybe I'm being unfair. Unfortunately, life and employers are also very unfair.

    Get your GED at the least. If you work in retail, you have enough to get a GED. Instead of community college, I would actually recommend you learn a trade (you need a GED for that). You'll be better paid coming out of that program, and have better job security than your peers who might graduate from lower tier colleges.

    Second tip is this - radio is a shrinking piece of the revenue pie for advertisement because there are increasing numbers of substitutes for radio in the world (Porter's Five Forces at work). I would find something that exercised your creative side that wasn't an increasingly smaller slice of the pie.

    In this case that means take up hobbies that could potentially become careers if you're lucky. If your photography, or podcasts, or YouTube videos or whatever the hell take off, then bully. If not, you have a solid background in a trade that can support a nice life where you don't constantly scrape by on minimal food.
  • Smakkyoface

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    Aug 15, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    I'm sorry but you reap what you sow. You've got to put in the time, effort and work before the universe rewards you. It sounds like you want to get to the top without laying down the groundwork. Before you can get to do what you love, you have to do a lot of things that you might not like so much. School is the first step for a lot of people, some make it without school sure, but never without any education. Start by getting a job to fund your education. Put in one step at a time and everything will fall into place.
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    Aug 15, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidKristoff, you're killing us here...

    Can we address your scrotum, and man boob issues first...dang, one thing at a time.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2596021


    +1 , LFMAOicon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif do not mean to be light of the situation, but this is so funny.