What jobs can you do with a degree in communications?
There's a multitude of jobs that come from studying comms -- the corporate communications industry itself spans a number of areas, from speechwriter and executive communications, to internal communications, to media relations/public relations, to digital media, to crisis communications, and more. You could do social media content and strategy, or be an account executive at a PR agency, or work in-house to shape how employees learn information and become engaged with their company's strategy and culture. There are crisis communications roles that help develop plans and messages for critical issues management. There's also journalism, broadcasting, and jobs in media companies. Plus, if you study communications, you'll learn to be a strong writer and critical thinker -- and that will be valuable in any job, in any industry. Good luck!
Alexis recommends the following next steps:
- Read open job postings to see what elements most interest you!
The area of communications is very broad and offers many different opportunities. The most important thing for you to do is to select the area for which you are most suited. Getting to know yourself better and the field better, will allow you to have a greater chance of being happy and feeling productive in your career. During my years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I have encountered too many students who skipped this step and ended up in careers/jobs for which they were ill suited. Below are some steps which I found to be very important.
Ken recommends the following next steps:
- The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
- Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person who works with and tracks graduates at your high school and college which you might be considering to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow graduates who aer doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. It would be a great idea to consider your local community college , as many successful people, such as me, got their start there, as the tuition is lower, the classes are smaller, and they offer coop and internships which allow you to get experience and earn money as you go through school. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ##https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
- Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
- It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
Many jobs can be obtained with a degree in communications. Television Reporter, Public Relations, Schools & Education Institutions. My daughter has her degree in communications and she is a Program Officer for 2 Non-Profit Organizations (Family Foundations). She talks to and meets with people all day every day and has really used her knowledge she obtained with her Communications Degree. She receives, reviews, and awards grants to other Non-Profits, so it is a very rewarding job. Below is a link to other positions you can obtain with a communications degree. This is from a search I did on Google.
Kathryn recommends the following next steps:
Communications is a board field so you can make it your own. It could mean non-profit work that involves fundraising and sponsorship. It could be public relations, which means writing media documents, using social media to share messages and crafting talking points for press conferences. It could also be the based for a more specialized profession, like a Master Degree in Business or Law School. These are all options. It will always help you to know how to communicate with other people and to be able to express idea concisely, both when speaking and when writing.
Alex recommends the following next steps:
- Get as many internship experiences as possible. Try non-profit, government, corporate internship that need communications, social media, PR, event planning or development interns. You learn what specialty areas you like, what tasks interest you and most importantly, what you don't like. Indeed.com is a great website to start looking for internships on.