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Five Reasons to Consider a Postgraduate Degree in Journalism

Journalism and Media Communications at Griffith College
4 min

Considering a postgraduate degree in Journalism?

Here’s 5 reasons you should…

Re-focus your career.

If you’ve always had an interest in media, but didn’t study in the area previously, a postgraduate qualification is a great way to re-focus your career path. Postgraduate qualifications provide graduates with an advanced understanding and practical skills in their chosen area, without requiring prior knowledge in the area.

Improve your job prospects.

A recent survey of Griffith postgraduate Journalism graduates stated that 51% of respondents reported that their qualification aided them in attain their current employment. A further 9% reported that although the qualification might not have been directly responsible, it gave them the skills they needed to obtain their current role.

Make a case for that promotion.

If you’re already working in the industry but are looking for ways to climb the career ladder, a postgraduate media qualification could be just what you need! Gain additional technical skills to make yourself indispensable and get that promotion you’ve been yearning for (and hopefully a cheeky pay raise alongside it!).

Stand out from the crowd!

In an increasingly competitive industry, employers are looking for ways to distinguish applicants from one another and a Master's qualification is a great way of setting yourself apart from your peers. Postgraduate qualifications are a step up from their undergraduate counterparts and as such demonstrate commitment and passion for your chosen area – very desirable attributes for prospective employers.

Improve your life skills.

Not only does a postgraduate qualification aid you in your chosen field, but it can develop other important lifelong skills. In a recent survey carried out by Griffith College, a significant proportion of respondents reported that the qualification improved important skills like communication, writing skills, research and presentation skills. Griffith’s industry feedback has highlighted good communications, presentation and interpersonal skills as some of the key attributes employers look for in applicants, alongside their technical know-how and ability. For that reason, there is a specific emphasis on this in the media programmes run at Griffith.

Griffith College offers full-time and part-time postgraduate Journalism courses in the following areas:

Graduates of the above have gone on to gain roles in some of Ireland’s leading communications organisations, such as Communicorp, News Ireland, RTE, Virgin Media and more.

Still not sure? Come along to one of our Open Days or contact Roisin in Griffith’s admissions office for more information.