UPDATE: This blog post was written in 2020 when I was working for ABC News and Good Morning America. I have since moved on from that role, but the advice still stands!
I recently spoke to a young woman who was seeking my advice on her career path. She asked me something I get asked often: How did you wind up where you are right now? It all began with a job search.
While I work as a journalist full-time, at night I teach journalism at USC. I often mentor my students and other young journalists in the field. This is a question I am often asked.
If you want an overall look at my career, check out this Instagram Story covering my career path. If you want more specifics on my start in the journalism world, read this post here. But if you want to know how I wound up at my job at ABC News and Good Morning America Digital continue reading.
I was at my previous job and wanted something new. While I had been looking for a while, I also felt lost. I was working in broadcast news and I knew I loved journalism but I was also interested in digital media.
LinkedIn is a good place to spend time if you want to explore new avenues.
Spending time researching others in your field by reading job titles and descriptions can play a big role in where your career goes next. That’s how I first found the title: Digital Video Reporter. A reporter, but a reporter who was digital. A former classmate had updated her title to that but her description was also different. She was writing articles for a website while also creating original video reports and hosting segments for the site and its social platforms. It sounded cool.
So I googled: Digital Reporter. And like magic, up popped a similar title on google: Multimedia Reporter for ABC Network News. A job that combined broadcast and digital.
Now, it took a lot of work to actually get the job! But it all started with that one search. Even if you aren’t sure what to search that’s OK. Spend time looking around on LinkedIn and you may even want to reach out to people whose careers interest you to ask them some questions. Who knows where your next job search may lead you.