We train youth to employ others – UMCAT Director on careers in Journalism

By: Prossy Nyafono

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LinkmeUg encourages you to look into your interests before you enroll for higher education. Find out what skills that diploma or degree is giving you; Uganda’s high unemployment dictates that you should enroll for a course that gives you skills to employ yourself.

One of the ways to self-employment is through a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication; but mention the word “journalist” and many parents will warn their children about the dangers journalists in the line of duty suffer such as police brutality, low pay among others.

LinkmeUg sought out Mr. Charles Ogwel, the director UMCAT school of Journalism and Mass communication, to explain to career seekers what else journalism trains a youth to be.

Charles:  Journalism is relatively new to many parents because several are from the teaching, nursing, and accounting or banking background; Journalism seems unclear to them. The political situation in the country too does not favor the profession – particularly reporting.

A journalist informs and educates the masses not only in News but on human development.

What else does journalism train a learner?

Charles: Journalism trains you to critically look at the community and yourself using the 5Ws&H. A journalist always asks why, what, when, where, who, and how. Journalists can work in any field as communicators, researchers, trainers, etc. The problem is when a student doesn’t critically think about why s/he is in a media school. Journalists should spread their skills using the knowledge they have.

How can a journalist be self-employed?

Charles: Select an area where your passion lies, pursue it and make sure you are an expert at it. Avoid the band wagon effect. If you don’t discover your niche and become an expert, you will be an ordinary journalist.

How does UMCAT train students to be self-employed?

Charles: We encourage our students to ask themselves, “What do I want? Why, who will help me achieve it, when do I want it? How will I do what I want, where will this get me?” I usually ask my students, “What do you know about yourself that nobody else knows?”

At UMCAT we are interested in the person learning. A camera, for example, can be used by different people but for different purposes. So we ask our students, “What do you have in mind that a camera or something else can do for you?”

We train our students to be a learning point for others and that way, they identify which businesses they can start while at school. Ask around, UMCAT students make the best employees in the field.

A diploma from UMCAT will give you a wide career path:

  • Effective communicators in all fields
  • Audio, video and print editor
  • Public relation officers [speaking on behalf of a company]
  • Customer care executive
  • Writers
  • Reporters
  • Producers – programs, audio and video
  • Movie script writers, producers and actors
  • Camera operators.
  • Graphics designers.
  • Music Mixers [Deejaying]
  • Studio producers
  • Trainers in a number of fields.
  • Cartoon journalists
  • Newspaper and Magazine designers.
  • Etc

For most of the options above, you can employ yourself.


UMCAT Requirements:

UMCAT offers short courses [1-6 months] certificate and diploma levels [2 years].

  • 2 principle passes for a diploma
  • 5 Credits for students crossing from S.4


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  • Tel: +256752435950 / +256772421324 / 414383616
  • Web: www.umcat.co.ug
  • Location: Nakulabye, Kampala


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