NCTJ’s new careers guide published to inspire the next generation of journalists

A new careers guide from the NCTJ has today been published, and aims to encourage people from a range of backgrounds to consider a career in journalism.

The guide, which is sponsored by the Financial Times, has been sent to more than 3,500 secondary schools and colleges across the UK and is full of valuable advice from journalists in a range of roles.

Abbie Scott, deputy managing editor of the Financial Times, said: “At the Financial Times we believe that journalism is the most exciting and rewarding job you can have.

“We are proud to work with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and help underline the importance of gold standard journalism training in our industry.”

She added: “The information contained in this guide should help you decide which is the best route for you. Whatever choice you make, all of the NCTJ courses are intended to equip you with the skills you need to begin an exciting and successful career in journalism.”

The guide has also been supported by advertising from the following organisations: Bournemouth University, Cision Jobs, Darlington College, Leeds Trinity University, PA Training, The Sheffield College, Ulster University, University of Central Lancashire, University of Kent and the University of Sheffield.

Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, said: “Many thanks to the FT and all our advertisers for helping us produce a guide that is packed with interesting and informative content about one of the most exciting careers and the industry’s training scheme for professional journalists.

“We’ve stepped up our careers activities this year in response to competition from other sectors for talent and an increasingly competitive education and training market.

“It’s heartbreaking – and scandalous – that so many undergraduate journalism students make big investments in courses, only to discover they haven’t been equipped with the right skills for employment, they don’t have an NCTJ qualification and they should have done an NCTJ-accredited course.

“Our aim is to explain the different ways into journalism, the breadth of opportunities available and to ensure people are informed to make the right career and training choices for them.”

The guide is now available to read online here:

If you would like to order print copies, please get in touch with marketing and communications executive Sarah Kenny.