I am a 12th grader. I love writing and am able to write something original. But what if writing or journalism isn’t for me? What should I do? I am trying to find my interest. I need some tips and suggestions.
Meenakshi / Carmel, Kerala
If you like writing, and it comes to you without much effort, then that is a clear indication that you’re really interested in it. In this field, personal qualities rather than training are more important for becoming a good journalist. Good writing skills, resourcefulness, an inquiring and communicative nature, are essential.
There are two ways to pursue this field: after 10+2 (any stream), you can join a Bachelor’s course in Mass Communication in which journalism is also taught. Or you can join a PG diploma course in Journalism after graduation (any stream).
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.