(Male, Age 27) from Bay St. Louis, MS

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Photographer
Salary $40,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 50
Company Size (not answered)
Location Bay St. Louis, MS
Years Experience 4 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
small town newspaper with a staff of ten

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
spot news coverage and photography.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes. two minds are better than one. fosters creativity.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
office. working with others.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 7
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 5
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 2
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am At home drinking coffee and making breakfast.
8am to 9am Arrive at work. I check my e-mails and several news sites. I look over my calendar to see what events are happening.
9am to 10am If not events are going on, I edit photos from the previous day. I also do research for the day’s assignments.
10am to 11am Talk with the editor and publisher about what kind of photos they are looking for today.
11am to 12pm If not events are going on, I edit photos from the previous day. I also do research for the day’s assignments. May leave early for lunch and ride around with my camera to take pictures.
12pm to 1pm Lunch. I usually pack a lunch. Sometimes I’ll go out with co-works or business associates.
1pm to 2pm Check e-mails and several news sites. I do this throughout the day.
2pm to 3pm Since most events happen in the evening, I begin to make a plan of where I need to be and for how long.
3pm to 4pm Event coverage, if necessary.
4pm to 5pm Event coverage, if necessary.
5pm to 6pm Event coverage, if necessary.
6pm to 7pm Event coverage, if necessary.
7pm to 8pm Event coverage, if necessary.
8pm to 9pm Event coverage, if necessary.
9pm to 10pm If on deadline, I go to the paper and edit photos for the new edition. Deadline is on Tuesday and Friday. Most Fridays I’ll be working late, especially during football season. High school sports are important to the community.
10pm to 11pm Sleep.
11pm to 12am sleep

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
interview with the publisher.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
experience. work and salary expectations.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
he told me what to expect. but each photo shoot is different. there is no monotony.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
a bachelors in journalism is good for the theoretical framework of reporting, but nothing beats on the job experience.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
take lots of photos.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
be open-minded and flexible. you never know what kind of photos you will be shooting.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
not every photo has to be a masterpiece. just make sure it tells the story.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes. work my way up through newspaper management.

What are your current career goals?
To one day be publisher of a newspaper

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Photographer 4 40000 spot news coverage and photography
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.9 So. Miss BA
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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