What’s It Gonna Take?

I had two interviews last week, one for retail and the other for a communications internship. Honestly I wanted both but was really hoping for the internship since, as I’ve posted on here, I want to be a journalist. I thought I didn’t do a good job at the first but excelled at the second.

But as luck would have it, I got an offer from the retail and a rejection from the internship. Frankly I was happy about the former.

…and I’m sad about the latter.

*Sigh*

I had big plans for that internship: it was going to be my first post-college writing job and it was going to finally let me get my foot in the door to other opportunities. I’m sad. I can’t keep track of how many writing jobs I applied to but I’m getting tired of the rejection. What’s it gonna take to secure a real writing job? Is it amazing writing samples? Multimedia skills?

What is it?

I can’t figure it out. But in regards to samples, I can practice writing all I want but without them being edited by a real editor and published in a magazine or website, are they worth showing to employers? (This is my biggest question, and Google isn’t helping).

If I could go back and start college over, I would’ve majored in journalism, written for the school newspaper for a longer period of time, and done an internship.

I’m at a loss as to what to do about this career I want to pursue. My back up plan (work full-time and write on the side) is still an option, but I really want a full-time writing job.

So, what should I do now? And what about clips? What counts as writing samples to employers? Should I *gasp* give up?

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NOOOO!!!!

Because one of our writers did a VERY long interview (six pages worth!) and his interviewees responses didn’t make sense (like saying “I learned what it needs…” instead of “I learned what it means…”, and tense issues) I emailed the executive editor asking what I should do. Since she told me that I can make minor changes, I have to read the whole thing AGAIN and edit A LOT.

*cries*