Sunday, February 13, 2005

Be a journalist in Antarctica: Cool jobs 101


It's that time of year again: Hundreds of you are counting down the days to May, wishing every adult in your life would stop asking you the same annoying question: "So....what are you going to do after graduation?"

Before you decide, be sure to explore your options -- all of your options. It's a big wide world out there, and there are thousands -- OK, millions -- of jobs that need your skills, imagination, vision and voice. Starting your career at a major media corporation or production company is one possibility -- but it's not the only option.

Take the time to think about all of the ways you can make a difference in the world. Try googling "adventure jobs" or "cool jobs" and see what comes up. (One hit will be Take a look....)

And how about this one? (Just fyi, I've had two former students who got this job, neither of whom had three years daily newspaper experience....and one of the perqs of the job is an open plane ticket to be used in the six months following the you work in Antarctica, travel the world for six months, and go back to McMurdo for six months, etc. etc.)

Job Title: Journalist
Job Code: JB
Job Summary:Responsible for creating and publishing The Antarctic Sun newspaper and providing other media and public relations services during the austral summer in Antarctica.
EDUCATION: BA or BS in English or Journalism.
TRAINING: None required.
EXPERIENCE: Three years journalism experience for a daily paper. Science writing beneficial. Proficient with digital photography and desktop publishing software standards. Internet publishing with html and pdf is beneficial. Must have effective people and time management skills. Should be able to work independently and with a team and demonstrate good judgment.

For more info, see

Even if Antarctica isn't your idea of a good time, you get the idea: Your next step can take you anywhere you want to go -- to do anything you want to do.

Isn't that amazing?


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