- Effective oral and communicating skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Effective writing capability
- Creativity – using sounds, color, imagery and art
- Reporting and computer skills
- Knowledge of computer software
- Ability to create influential and entertaining messages
- Strong research capabilities
- Critical thinking skills
- Attention to detail and well organized
- Individual and a good team player
- Understanding of different cultures
- Demonstrate curiosity, confidence, assertiveness, creativity, initiative, tact, competitive spirit, enthusiasm, persistence, and diplomacy.
- Display appropriate talents for public performance and appearance such as sense of humor, verbal and written communication skills, imagination, showmanship and an outgoing personality.
- Develop excellent technical and computer skills, especially internet proficiency and knowledge.
- Engage in related extra-curricular opportunities available at ISU.
- Seek opportunities for experience in any performance situation such as drama, debate, public speaking, music or athletics in order to demonstrate talent as well as ability to handle pressure.
- Secure an internship for any area of mass media endeavor.
- Consider shadowing or informational interviewing as a means through which to gain information, develop contacts, build mentoring relationships, and gain entry into a competitive field.
- News Reporting
- News Producing
- News Videography
- Weather Forecasting
- Major networks
- Commercial broadcast stations
- Public television stations
- Cable television
- Private production companies
- Business corporations
- Gain work experience with campus or local television stations.
- Seek part-timeor volunteer opportunities with independent production companies.
- Participatein drama club – directing, acting or technical crew.
- Develop excellent writing, reporting and editing skills.
- Volunteer to announce sporting events on campus or at local high schools.
- Consider taking courses in political science, economics, sociology or any applicable field for news broadcasting careers.
- Read trade publications.
- National networks
- National public radio
- State or regional networks
- Major, medium, and small market stations
- Gain campus or local radio experience.
- Secure internships.
- Announce sporting events.
- Host music programming for parties and social events.
- Coordinate, program, and promote musical events.
- Gain performance experience through music, drama, or public speaking.
- Create a demonstration tape to be used as a sample of vocal and speaking talent.
- Web Design/Development
- Web site Maintenance
- Internet based companies (e.g., Yahoo)
- Large corporations
- Colleges and universities
- Companies specializing in webcasting services and technology
- Gain expertise in computer and Internet technology.
- Learn how to design Web sites.
- Seek certifications in networking, Web site design, or related areas.
- Media Planning
- Media Buying
- Account Services
- Print Production
- Art/Creative Directing
- Television and radio stations
- Newspapers and magazines
- Internet based companies
- Advertising agencies
- Corporate advertising departments
- Media (research, marketing)
- Specialty advertising firms
- Obtain sales experience through part-time work or internships.
- Volunteer to sell advertising space for campus newspaper, radio, or television station.
- Take courses in business to increase financial knowledge base.
- Complete internship with advertising agency or market research firm.
- Compile portfolio of writing,graphics, and ideas for creative development.
- Gain knowledge/experience withsoftware and technology applicable to media.
- Take course in statistics, datainterpretation, writing, and advertising.
Non-Broadcast Video Systems
- Freelance or private video production companies or videographers
- Large corporations
- Universities and colleges
- Post-production companies
- Professional associations
- Non-profit organizations
- Obtain entrepreneurial knowledge and experience through starting a small businessor taking business courses.
- Volunteer to do video editing/production for campus videographers or television stations.
- Gain contacts in the specific industry of interest (e.g. develop relationships with wedding photographers in order to build wedding videography business).
- Enter video contests.
- Cultivate artistic talents.
- Seek internships with post-production or editing companies.
- Ad Taker
- Advertising Copywriter
- Advertising Director
- Audio Engineer
- Camera Operator
- Communication Consultant
- Community Affairs Director
- Executive Director
- General Manager – TV/Radio
- Maintenance Engineer
- Managing Editor
- Media Buyer
- Media Coordinator
- News Director
- On-air Personality
- Personal Director
- Personal Manager
- Production Assistant
- Production Manager
- Program Director
- Radio and TV Journalist
- Set and Props Manager
- Staff Announcer
- Technical Writer/Communicator
- Training Specialist
- TV Copywriter
- TV Traffic Supervisor
- Video/Film Operator