by Reshma Ghosh
TV is the new frontier, under graduates as young as 16 and 17 are taking up courses at swanky colleges and passing out at 21 to join TV production houses as programming and directorial assistants. What does the job actually involve?
A career in TV usually starts off at an assistant level. If you join a non-fiction production house or channel you would need to research stories, shoot interviews and events and would need the ability to edit and compile stories.
Your job would involve a lot of traveling and late hours, meeting people, analyzing news and researching.
You can get employed by either a production house as an assistant, a news channel as a reporter or a channel as a junior executive producer depending on your qualifications and work experience.
The job offers a great sense of creative fulfillment and the pay package keeps rising with experience! At the onset you will be paid close to 10,000 to 12,000, but with experience and the profile of shows you work on, the remunerations keep getting better.
It's important to note that a career in TV is more or less restricted to the bigger metros especially Mumbai. Since the creative content is specific to India the possibilities of going abroad are limited as compared to other professions.
There are however limited job opportunities in places like Singapore and Dubai.
COURSES TO TAKE
Any mass communication course at the undergraduate or post graduate level at an established institution like XIC, Jamia Milia or Sophia Polytechnic.
SKILLS YOU REQUIRE
Personal: You need to be responsible, a go-getter and creative.
Professional: You need to have the ability to think on your feet, have a keen eye for detail and the ability to work long hours and meet deadlines.