Alumni Spotlight: Megan Turchi and Life after Grad School
Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it feel like getting a job is constantly on the mind? It’s only the second of my three semester program, but all I can think about is finding a good job or internship this summer and then where that will lead for employment after graduation in December. And yet, just my school work keeps me from finding time to write a decent cover letter.
What if I can’t find a job at all? Or if I find one but hate it? I think it’s safe to say that most grad students are feeling this way (and even undergrads for that matter). If you’re a part of this group, let me tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Megan Turchi (COM ’14) finished her Masters in Journalism this past December. Now, this BU alum works as a staff writer for Boston.com covering jobs, cars, and real estate. And she enjoys it!
What’s a day at your job like?
Every single day is different, which I love! A typical day involves phone interviews for articles I am working on and sometimes getting out to do an in-person story. I did a profile on a dog walker a few weeks ago and tagged along while she walked dogs. It was great! This job entails constantly learning new things and becoming an expert on a variety of interesting subjects.
Megan Turchi at the Boston Auto Show. Her Instagram caption: “Sitting in a $620,000 Rolls-Royce that is the only one in the US, one out of 20 in the world, for work, obviously. #bostonautoshow”
What was your major at BU and why?
I got my masters in print journalism, but it was very multimedia focused and I took a variety of audio and video classes as well. I chose it because I thought it would be an interesting way to use my undergraduate degree in American Studies. I knew I loved to write and I knew I had an interest in telling stories about fascinating people and topics.
Looking back, how did BU prepare you for your job?
BU prepared me a lot! Not only did I have fabulous professors with a lot of journalism experience, but I was thrown in to the real world from day one. We reported from the ground right from our first class and that made my internship and job now so much easier.
Your advice for current COM grad students looking for jobs?
My advice would be to respect and learn as much from your professors as you can. Not only do they have lots of connections to jobs and internships, also a lot of experiences they can share with you. Be open to all kinds of jobs – you may not do exactly what you want to do at the beginning, but any experience is a learning experience!
Megan Turchi reporting on the “sleepwalker” statue at Wellesley College for a BU News Service report. Here’s the link to the report, done by her and one of her classmates from COM.