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Pre-mature Career Thoughts [Oct. 26th, 2005|07:44 pm]
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The communications major is not about academics and GPA, really. It's about the business world, really.

It's a dirty rat-race that involves self-promotion, constant competition, selfish relationships, and vigorous networking. It's about preaching a message that you probably don't believe but knowing how to make others believe it. It's telling people that what they have in their homes, the way they think, the way they look, and the type of entertainment they enjoy are not as good as what you have to offer. It's a message of dissatisfaction, deception, and capitalism (darn, almost had aliteration going on there).

Unfortunately, it's what I'm attracted to and what God's gifted me in.

I believe that in whatever career option you choose, you can use it to the glory of God.

My question, though, is, how in the bloody heck?

Is it possible to be involved with the media, or the marketing & advertisement business, and have the fruit of your work be millions exclaiming, "Ah. God is good,"?

"Get into the music industry." Ah, my dream. To create, promote, sell, whatever. But honestly here, people love Switchfoot because they love Switchfoot, not because they love God. Sell my own voice and face? No matter how pure you are, that is probably the best career option if you want to struggle with pride for the rest of your life.

"Just work at a non-profit Christian organization." And market God?

There has to be a way to reach the masses about the good news of God besides preaching and without marketing Him like a product. There must be a pure way to utilize the talents God has given a comm major to glorify Him.

Sitting through the undergrad comm society (UCS) meeting was interesting. While the speaker was rambling about all the ways she got connections and networks and internships and oppurtunities, I sat there wondering, "I know I can do this. I have what it takes to get to the top of this race. But why would I?"

I emailed KLOVE radio. I asked how they did it.
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From: corbansog
2005-10-27 03:49 am (UTC)
marketing God to christians is easy. the christian culture jumps at anything that has any remote connection to christianity. it's how to use media to reach the unsaved that's the question.
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From: jenuinity
2005-10-27 05:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I'm concerned about.
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From: corbansog
2005-10-27 05:49 am (UTC)
worry not dear jen. it's not up to you to make things happen.

you're on a great path. and you're asking all the right questions. you'll do great, impactful things, even if only in the eyes of God.
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From: jenuinity
2005-10-27 05:56 am (UTC)
I'm not as concerned with saving the world as I am just wanting to make the best use of my time on Earth to work towards something eternal. Just brainstorming, I guess. There just must be something greater than what we're used to. God will open doors if it will benefit His kingdom.
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[User Picture]From: eakiita
2005-10-27 04:08 am (UTC)
i'm thinking of majoring in communications....... =D
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[User Picture]From: asolefitnik
2005-10-27 05:48 am (UTC)
preach it sistah!


what you say about switchfoot is true. is there anything in their mainstream songs that really specifically glorify God? something to consider tho. marketing is about selling an image/stuff to people no? therefore the purpose of marketing is making money, right? well... you cant really say "God is Good" and then say "buy this product" however subtly you do it. theres that whole thing about not being able to serve two kings/masters. yeah.
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From: jenuinity
2005-10-27 05:51 am (UTC)
I still think there's a way to serve God and be involved in marketing. I think there's a way to market God's word in a way that's true. I just don't know how yet. But there has to be. There must be a way to glorify God in every way. Everything belongs to Him.
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[User Picture]From: asolefitnik
2005-10-27 08:13 am (UTC)
well, my point is that the very definition of marketing is.. actually lemme look it up:

v. mar·ket·ed, mar·ket·ing, mar·kets
v. tr.
To offer for sale.
To sell.

v. intr.
To deal in a market.
To buy household supplies: We marketed for a special Sunday dinner.

yeaah.
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[User Picture]From: crystal_hal0
2005-10-28 11:52 pm (UTC)
Is that what you tell everyone? :P

Hi, Jen, long time no talk. I'm sure you already know this, but God wouldn't give you such talent in a difficult (and ungodly in a lot of ways) field like communications if He didn't have something powerful and unique planned. If anything, I believe your talent will be used to glorify God, even in impossible circumstances.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-10-28 05:53 am (UTC)
Not everybody sells Viagra and Kelvin Klein. As a matter of fact, there are many companies in Silicon Valley sell dull product, such as state-of-the-art computer chips. You can learn the secular techniques and apply them to your future job with discretion in Christian values. The alternative is to run away from the world, no matter which profession you choose.
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From: jenuinity
2005-10-28 06:07 am (UTC)
You can learn the secular techniques and apply them to your future job with discretion in Christian values. The alternative is to run away from the world, no matter which profession you choose.

That's EXACTLY what I believe. I'm just trying to figure out the route that I know must exist, whether it's been done or not.
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