Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Writer's Block: School Ties

What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?

I had two majors, Communications and Medieval History. The Communications school had four tracks: Advertising, Editorial Journalism, Radio & TV Production and Communications Theory. We had to take at least on class in each of them, but most of my credits were from working at Radio and TV stations and taking studio operations classes. Since I was on the campus newspaper staff, the journalism classes were an easy A, and I may have had enough credits there for a double major.

Medieval History was an accident, I enjoyed my first class so much I signed up for all that professor's classes for the next two years.

For the first 10 years after college my career was as an editor, journalist, photojournalist and Audio-Visual department tech, so yes, I used my major all the time. After it was clear there this career wasn't going to pay the bills, I went to night school in electronics, and that landed me my first well-paid job. As the hardware world evolved, less and less of what I learned in school was applicable, but I'm still on the career path which it started me on, and it still comes in handy at work from time to time.
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