As I was sitting in class today, I heard another student say that they don’t know what to do with their major in Applied communications and they are quite confused. Which leads me to writing this blog post because it’s very important that ALL communication majors should know what to do with their major before they graduate.
So my question is, what can you NOT do with a communications degree? In Communication studies, learn you how to do so much within the school itself. You can take VCD, JMC, and COMM classes to get the full experience. That’s basically combining three schools into one major. So if you really think about it, you can do SO much with a communications degree. Communication Studies majors is one of the top most wanted degrees that employers are looking for. Mainly because in Communications, you learn how to write and do speeches professionally, you learn how to work and collaborate in groups and teams, and you learn how to communicate effectively between people and in the work environment. Communication is important in the world today especially within the work place. You need to know how to communicate with your friends, family, and employees to get by on a day to day basis. You not only need to learn how to communicate between people, but you also need to learn how to understand people as well.
So let me ask you again, what can you do with a Communications Degree? Well what do you want to do? If you like Marketing, then go ahead and take some marketing classes, look for a marketing internship to gain experience, and then when you graduate, or even before, you can start looking for jobs within Marketing. Say if you want to be in Advertising, or Human Resources, or a Teacher, you can take specific classes within the three schools to learn that specific skill set. Communication studies also have six concentrations, including, Health, Organizational, Public, Interpersonal, Global, and Applied Communication. Within those concentrations, think of how long the list goes on and on with all the jobs you can do! If you want to work in a hospital or in Public Health, be a Health Concentration. If you want to be in Human Resources, you should choose Organizational Concentration and if you want to be a teacher, you can choose an Interpersonal Concentration. I could keep going and going, explaining to you all the different potential jobs that you could get with a Communications major.
The only thing you need to do when you’re in an interview for your “Dream job” is think of how you will stick out from the rest. You’re in an interview for a Marketing Assistant position and there is a person there that is competing with you and he/she is a Marketing major but your a Communications major, make yourself stand out, have confidence in yourself! You’ve taken classes on interviewing, marketing, organizational communication so you have just as much experience, if not more, as the other person. But being a communication major, you learn how to communicate and how to do it WELL! So you should know how to ACE the interview and get that Dream Job you worked so hard for!
So stop sitting around and wasting your time wondering what you’re going to do with your major because like I said, the job list goes on and on and it’s what YOU want to do and YOU have to have the communication skills and the confidence! So go out and get your dream job, you Communications Major!