Most students have a lot of fun in their college life while concentrating on academics. Some, however, go a step further and work at companies while studying, and seek to gain on-ground experience. One such candidate is Sri Vidya, who is currently pursuing her Master’s in Journalism and Communication from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Vidya also works as a content writer for First Show Digital, a digital ad agency in Hyderabad.
With work timings of 12:30 to 7:30 pm, Vidya hardly finds time to attend college on a regular basis. Having been working for the past four months, the aspiring journo makes sure her work doesn’t affect her academic performance. “Even though I don’t attend classes regularly, I make it a point to meet all my deadlines and be well prepared for internal exams,” Vidya explains.
With most companies preferring people who work full-time with them, the 23-year-old admits it wasn’t easy for her to find work. “I initially tried to get into some of the mainstream media organisations but they have very strict rules and do not usually hire students. So I decided to join a startup, since they are more flexible with work timings and I can concentrate on my college work as well,” Vidya points out. Vidya often struggles to maintain her social life. “It does get stressful at times and I don’t always find time for socialising. However, I meet my friends from time to time. It’s challenging work, but I manage to power through,” she adds. firstname.lastname@example.org