I often get asked by parents or students interested in working in the media about my experiences, but my first reaction is to ask them if they’ve read up on the state of the media these days.
I’ll point out to them that chances are good that they’ll end up working freelance and they should understand bookkeeping and other aspects of running their own businesses.
I hope the various journalism programs across the country are being honest with them that that security is almost non-existent for many graduates unless they seriously luck out or know somebody who can help put them on track to a plum position.
How many of those sweet jobs will still exist five or 10 years from now remains to be seen, but I hope that if students continue on in their quest, they’ll remember I was completely honest with them – not discouraging, but completely up front about where the media is going.
Journalism has a particular lure for young people and I guess I speak from my own experience at that age nearly 40 years ago. The golf industry is magnetic as well for those who have played the game and want to work within it.
Yet, we can all attest that the industry has changed over the years and business acumen is as critical as sinking a downhill slider in competition. Time is at a premium and as many of us know too well, we don’t see the golf course, at least for play, as much as we would like.
Add to that the number of golf courses that have been sold to developers recently and you know that will put more people into an already competitive golf employment market.
The lack of security that I mentioned in journalism is becoming the new normal for many in golf, as well.
With all of that in mind, what would you say to a student or parents if they asked you about working in the golf industry. Would you recommend it?
That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and if you wish to expand your thoughts, please use the Comments section below.
Would you recommend a career in the golf industry these days to a young person considering it?
- NO (65%)
- YES (35%)