It’s the end of the world as we know it?

Times are changing, theres no doubt about it, and when the world turns to bring in 2009, things definitely will change, but will it be for the better or worse.

For me, 2009 is key. It sees the end of my spell at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the beginning of my life in the world of work.

The certainty that journalism is changing is absolute, the number of times I’ve heard the word ‘convergence’ in the past three years begs belief, but despite this I remain optimistic.

The truth of the matter is, getting into an industry as diverse and enthralling as journalism was never easy. Even back in the ‘good old days’ there was just as much stress and competition for the top jobs. Maybe it was easier to get a job in any old regional newspaper, but that’s not what I’m aiming for in any case.

Truth be told, I don’t mind where I start, so long as I get to where I want in the end. Right now, that place is behind the Editor’s desk of my very own magazine. Of course this idealist vision may change as all of my young naivities wash away, but the importance of having something to aim for is always strong.

The financial crisis is a talking point, and I don’t wish to dwell on it now, but one thing it does represent is the power of confidence. These volatile times call for a strong stand, and I’m going to make sure I’m ready.

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