One of the first questions one must ask before doing research on a broadcasting school is if going to the school will get you where you want to go. It is so important that one understands what they want to do in the industry. What are their strengths and even more importantly, what are their interests.
Many people have the fantasy of going into radio in order to become the next Howard Stern. He is literally a one in a million type of talent. Most disk jockey’s get paid very little money, and have absolutely no job security. With the way radio stations are fun today, there are less and less jobs even available for the disk jockey.
Having said that, there are tons of other areas of the broadcast field that people can research. There are engineers, producers and other types of technicians. It is so important to know if you have the skills and stomach to do this type of work.
One has to get along with people really well. No matter what type of job you might have at a radio or TV station or even a music studio, there will be many different types of people with various types of personalities. Knowing how to best deal with everyone, and get the most out of everyone is so important.
One also has to have the stomach to handle deadlines and technical problems smoothly and calmly. When things are happening live, so many different things can go wrong. It takes a real “take charge” type of person to make things right when everything is falling apart.
There are many ways to learn the skills that are needed to do broadcasting work. Some people go to college. Others find a broadcasting school. And some like to get on the job training. All three ways can work, and sometimes it will take a combination of those three areas in order for you to find the success you desire.
It is so important to carefully interview any learning institution you are considering. No matter what their publicity says, no one can guarantee you work. You need to look at the types of classes being offered, who is teaching them, what have their graduates done (and make sure you talk with a number of the graduates) and what are the costs.
You definitely need to make sure that the program will not only give you the skills needed in order to get a job, but also earn more than you paid for the education.
There are many broadcasting schools, and it only takes a quick Google search to find them.
Before you make a final decision, think carefully about what you want to do, what is the best way for you to reach that goal, and if the finances make sense as well.