It’s a tough degree to get. Entry-level jobs are hard to snag. The hours cut you off from the rest of the world, and the pay isn’t that great, especially in the first few years. I talk a lot about some of the harsh realities of broadcast meteorology, but there is one other thing I’d like people to know.
I love my job. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always perfect, but at the end of the day I’m truly happy to do what I do. I feel like I have a great spot at a top-notch station in a perfect part of the county. I know many other broadcast mets feel the same way. They worked hard to get where they are, they are very good at what they do and in return, they have a great job that they love.
I’ve talked to many high school students who dream of a career in broadcast meteorology, but don’t understand the work involved that it takes to get there. I’ve talked to many college students in the middle of their meteorology degrees who are ready to give up, but don’t realize how far they have come and how close they are to achieving their goal. And I’ve talked to many recent grads who are frustrated by how crowded the job market is, but don’t believe that we’ve all been there, and that things usually have a way of working out.
It’s a battle, but it’s been worth it. Believe me, if I can do it, you probably can too. Here are a few tips for success:
- Know what to expect – Find out what you need to do to get the results you are looking for. Whether its a hard class in college, or learning how to make a great resume tape, seek out the people who have the answers, and listen to them.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself – You’ll hit tough times, but if this was easy, everyone would be doing it. Keep the big picture in mind and keep up with the little things every day to help get you there.
- Be humble and flexible – Know that you don’t know. Things might seem a certain way today, but a subtle shift in what you do, or how you are thinking about something can change the way it looks tomorrow.