'Needing experience to get experience' is among the worst headaches young journalists have. But many older people can find this too when trying to switch careers from a very different industry.
The truth is that you do not need journalism experience to be an appealing candidate for a media job. As freelance journalist Cristiana Bedei writes for IJNet, embracing the transferable skills from other sectors and industries can make a huge difference to your work as a journalist. Should you need to convince a hiring manager of it, here is how to sell your non-media experience.
"Any customer-facing role involves talking to people, defusing potentially stressful situations, and establishing connections. This can help with conducting interviews, vox pops, or even just messaging or emailing someone out of the blue for stories," it reads.