With low employment opportunities, media studies graduates say their degree is not paying off.  

Media studies graduate Mthobisi Nhlabathi, says it has been two year after his honours in media studies and he is still searching for a job that is relevant.

He is not the only one who is struggling to find a job. A media studies graduate who spoke to Vuvuzela on condition of anonymity says a lot of jobs want one or two years experience, own transport and want you to have a foreign language.  

Nhlabathi says, “While doing my honours a media company said I was over qualified without experience, they couldn’t employ me because I will demand lots of money and they will have to train me from scratch.”

 “I emailed the Dean of Humanities, Tawana Kupe, early this year, asking him to help me find a job, since he was likely to have connections,” he said he cannot help her since she don’t hold a PHD, the media studies student further told Vuvuzela. 

 “The media department doesn’t care at all; when you are in your third year they come and sway you into doing honours. They just want to fill their department with numbers,” says Nhlabathi.

Head of media studies department, Sarah Chiumbu says, “It’s not our duty to find students jobs.” She says it is ideal for the department to have a close relationship with the industry for them to know what we do.

“It should be borne in mind that we are a small department, with 5 people and we have a lot on our plate.”

She further says media studies is a field not a discipline, our students are able to work without experience in research, policy and legal departments. 

4th year media studies student, Jones Matlakala who is building his own research company says, “Qualification is not an automatic entrance to a professional job, we still have to hassle and exercise patience.

“If we can focus on building a career and not focus on money, I know it’s challenging because some industries are paying a lot.”