Traineeship running smooth, but I’m lacking sleep

October 17, 2007 at 6:21 am | Posted in Journalism | 14 Comments
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Update: I got my first proper feedback for things I had written on my own yesterday and a very favourable public appraisal. It’s a damn good feeling if you are 33 (i.e. officially too old for traineeships), have four academic papers published but nothing in the journalistic arena, don’t know whether you have got anything to offer to the market, still think that you can write better that most journos you have witnessed and then get this feedback from someone who has been in the business for 40 years and has had three bestselling books on right wing populism:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your pieces. And you have got your very own style. Which editorial office do you want to join for the three weeks of practice?”

I said “online”, because that is the area where I have experience AND they are planning to hire someone. At the same time, I wouldn’t mind going somewhere else in order to improve my writing and learn more about print journalism, because this is NOT an area in which I have much experience. So let’s see where I’ll be assigned.

Following a momentary relief after the submission of our Monday assignments, our tasks are now piling up again on our desks. 2 due today – that’s why I need to be in the office at 8, not 9:30 when it officially starts.


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  1. You are planning to start work 90 mins early? You’ve been temping too long. You are thinking like a slave…

  2. you don’t get it. this is not an underpaid temp job. I get NO money. I do not even have a contract – nobody stops me from walking out every minute. I am spending four hours a day listening to mad journalists who tell me things like which words I may use if I want to extract information from a contact in the ministry of defense without exposing myself legally. this is superb entertainment.

  3. it sounds enjoyable 🙂

  4. You work without money? This is not a funded course? You are a slave.

  5. she is paid in experience, and contacts. Not everything is about money.

  6. Work is about money.

  7. No.

  8. Work is also about money, but about the money you get in the end.

    If you have no experience, you get very little money.

    The more experience you have, the more money you get.

    And sometimes it pays to get no money in order to get even more in the end.

    I was told that some behavioral intelligence tests work like that: Ask a child whether it would like to have one piece of candy now or a bag of candy in a week from now.

    The more intelligent a child is, the more likely it will opt to wait a week.

  9. In the ‘real world’ we need money to buy food, shelter and warmth.
    If I took a few weeks off to pursue (unfunded)educational interests, I’d find my mortgage not paid, countless direct debits rejected and no food in my stomach.
    Anaj – if you can do it, great. You’re lucky. Appreciate that.

  10. I wasn’t lucky. I saved up for this for the past two years, that’s why I can do it.

  11. It’s the same here. I’m planning to escape once I reach 40. I wasn’t born with a golden spoon in my mouth so it has to be planned carefully – money needs to be saved up and a plan be put into place.

    I still think that work shouldn’t all be about money, though. A friend of mine always has a go at me when I tell her how much I earn, and urges me to go for much higher-paid jobs, given my qualifications and experience. I really don’t see it that way and completely disagree with her, as ‘making money’ isn’t my main motivation (and never has been, and never will be).

  12. Is that K.?

  13. I retired when I was 35 and now I drift around doing what I like. I don’t get paid as much I used to do but it is more fun.
    I still must earn money, but I only earn as much as I need.
    I’d sooner walk on the beach in the morning than earn £100.

  14. yes, it’s K 😐

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