Find a job that feeds your passion.
If there’s anything I learnt from the media conference today, it’s that if a person really wants something, it can be achieved, as long as they have stamina to go the distance and put in the hard yards. Frances Whiting writes from QWeekend Magazine and has a popular column in the Sunday Mail, and although she’s at a point in her life where she feels comfortable and happy, it wasn’t an easy road for the high-achieving journo.
If the quote above is anything to go off, I couldn’t agree more. Many people have told me that journalism and PR is a tough field to get into and the chances of me making into the big-time are quite slim. But I won’t let that stop me! If people choose to study something because they’ll get paid well, or it would suit their lifestyle best, then they aren’t choosing that profession for the right reasons. My theory is that if you do something you love, you will be successful.
Frances Whiting encompasses everything that a young budding journo or PR professional should strive to succeed – building a portfolio is extremely important and starting early is the key, according to Ms Whiting. Frances started off as a school teacher, and decided to go against the times and reach out into something different – new territory. When she first graduated, Ms Whiting worked for a regional newspaper, and was soon offered the opportunity to work with the Sunday Mail. She never imagined it would become a full time career, but she kept her mind open and it’s where she is today – doing what she wants to do, and being successful at doing it.
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– Annabelle Amos