As we get close to graduation day, there is a question in most of our minds, will I find a job in media? With the unemployment rate at a historical high, the number one concern with soon to be graduating students reminds the fear of no finding a job after graduation. That is why a lot of people are considering Freelancing. But what Is Freelancing? And how does one gets into it? Essentially, a freelance job is one where a person works for themselves, rather than for a company. While freelancers do take on contract work for companies and organizations, they are ultimately self-employed. (flexjobs.com) For many, this could be scary territory because it does not come with the security of a steady paycheck and will depend on your own ability to network and find opportunities but for others like journalist Greta Salomon, it was all worth it. “Most people just called me crazy and looked on bewildered as I gave up the prestige of being a woman who worked at a top-selling weekly magazine, for someone who tapped away on a bulky old PC in my dad’s dining room”, she wrote on a Forbes article in 2018. According to Greta Salomon, there are some things to consider before becoming a freelancer
- Don’t worry about not having a job title:
- Rejection comes with the job.
- Seek support from other freelance journalists.
- Build relationships before pitching.