Stirling Times - - Opinion -

As a stu­dent in high school go­ing into the work­place, I was trep­i­da­tious at first. I quickly learnt, though, that of­fice ban­ter was not that dif­fer­ent from school ban­ter. The thing that I loved the most was ac­tu­ally be­ing there when peo­ple told their sto­ries. There is some­thing spe­cial about see­ing the emo­tion on peo­ple’s faces when they tell you as­pects of their lives that have mo­ti­vated them to get where they are. The aim of work place­ment is to get real life ex­pe­ri­ence by go­ing out in the work­place and see­ing how ev­ery­thing hap­pens in the real world out­side of school. Go­ing to in­ter­views, photo shoots and press con­fer­ences with dif­fer­ent em­ploy­ees from Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has opened my eyes to how a story goes from an idea to a pub­lished ar­ti­cle in the pa­per. I will prob­a­bly never for­get this ex­pe­ri­ence, for good rea­sons. It has in­spired me to look into jour­nal­ism as a ca­reer.

Ni­cola Far­quhar-Smith

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