J-School offers no job guarantees

A recent and successful Carleton journalism graduate says j-school has a lot to offer students these days, but not the one thing most of them want – a job in journalism. 

Laura Drake graduated from Carleton University’s School of Journalism in 2007 and has worked for three major daily newspapers in Canada.

In a column at macleans.ca she offers some advice to those who want to go to j-school.

“What a journalism undergraduate degree will get you are amazing memories, good connections with profs who know hundreds of working journalists, marketable skills in the form of writing and communications abilities. What it will not get you, and what no one ever promises it will get you, is a job in journalism.”