As all you guys can see, the international students whether graduated with a M.S. in journalism or are still working on it, in J school are very few. From what I have known, there was a Korean, two Chinese, Boya Xu and Linging Hang, who graduated from J school in recent years. And now, Deepa from India, Magdalena from Poland and myself from China are still on our way to this degree.
OK. So let’s see what they are doing now after graduation with a Master in journalism as international students.
Lingbing Hang was a photographer in a Chinese newspaper before she came to WVU. She has rich experience in art photography and now is teaching an introduction class of photography in J school.
I know Boya Xu very well as we’re close in age and she helped me a lot when I prepared to come to WVU. She is about to graduate recently and maybe enter a PhD program this fall.
Deepa Fadnis will graduate this May and wants to be a journalist or a English teacher after graduation.
Despite facing the same problem of work or PhD after graduation with American students, international students need to decide whether they want to stay in America or go back to their own countries. I think most international students want to find a job or continue study in America which is quite obvious. But the problem is how?
In job hunting, international students in journalism major are not that competitive to local students whether in language-using ability, cultural adaptability and social relationships, unless we are able to find some jobs fit us and need our international backgrounds.
We have talked a lot about PhD programs in this blog. That requires you being very interested in research and theories, and that will take you much more time than getting a Master degree.
As for me, I will first try to find a job in America, and if that fails, I will go back to China, as home is better than any other places.