Yesterday was my first day of 15th grade, or junior year, as we call it, of college. It felt like any normal day, waking up early, putting on makeup, and driving to school. However, later on that night, I couldn’t go to sleep and couldn’t pinpoint a reason for what was keeping me up this late. Then it finally dawned on me as to the reason for my first-day existential crisis. The reason? My future job.
My current major at MTSU is New Media Communication which has now been renamed to Media Arts. However, this doesn’t help in me trying to explain exactly what my major is or what I want to do with this major. I do want to work with social media. Always have ever since I first got on social media in 2009, roughly. But my problem is, I’m not sure exactly what my title, as a content creator, would be for this job. Secondly, who is hiring people such as me for these jobs, and thirdly, how I can make a sufficient living off this job if I decide to make it my living.
I want to do social media work, but since I am only a junior and am just now starting to take significant classes in my major, I am also keeping the film industry in the back of my mind. I wouldn’t want to be a director per say, but more behind the scenes work would work for me. I am currently taking a Single Camera I class and like I said, I wouldn’t want to necessarily direct a film myself, but I would love to be doing behind the scenes work, and with some knowledge of film, I think it would be a lot of good information to keep under my belt.
Communication is such a broad field and that aspect of my major has its pros and cons. Pros are that I can do a lot of different jobs using this major skill, communication is needed in every type of job and way of life, and there are a lot of different ways I can use these communication skills in my day to day life. However, the cons include, the more people learn how to create such content on their own, the less likely they are to pay someone else to create such content for them rather than making it themselves. Plus, I am not sure what exact salary would be offered for this kind of position, or what companies would be looking for someone such as myself.
What do you think? I do really love working with social media and creating content. I love learning about how social media shapes our lives, how it has changed the way we live and work, and also such silly things as to how certain memes become popular and other such subjects. Plus, the thought of finally being an upperclassman in college is pretty daunting in and of
Also, the thought of finally being an upperclassman in college is pretty daunting in and of itself. This may also be another thought that factored into my existential crisis that has continued since I started classes again. Please, tell me your thoughts or feel free to reach out and give me your thoughts about my position and major at the moment.