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What types of jobs can come from studying Communications?

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I’m curious as to what different kinds of jobs can come from studying communications in college. #communications #college

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Betsy’s Answer

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Studying Communications is a great option that allows for many, many kinds of potential jobs. I studied communication and have spent my career using that degree in the nonprofit sector through marketing, public relations, social media, development, grant writing, event planning, etc. I have many colleagues who studied communications who have gone on to work for PR agencies, Marketing/Advertising agencies, professional sports organizations and more. Studying communications can open many doors for you and be helpful in many fields. As you advance in your communication studies, it's likely that an industry or subject area will be very interesting for you, and that can help guide your decision about what sort of communication-related career you are interested in.

Betsy recommends the following next steps:

  • Take Communication Classes and declare it as a major if available.
  • Get to know your communication professors - oftentimes they are the key to your getting a great internship or recommendation as you're looking for a job.
  • Identify areas of communication that interest you so that you can narrow down potential internship or job options.
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Alexis’s Answer

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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.

Alexis recommends the following next steps:

  • Start looking at posted jobs now, and see what job descriptions most entice you...then you might have a sense of where you want to concentrate.
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Kristie’s Answer

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A strong background in communications is a great foundation for almost any job you could imagine and is an invaluable skillset professionally and personally. Most all industries are getting more complex and moving at a faster pace than ever; having someone who understands how to deliver clear, simplified messaging (especially through change) is critical. Communicators are dot-connectors, amplifiers, and advocates of the ah-ha moment.

Kristie recommends the following next steps:

  • Communications is a broad profession. Network with other communicators and ask for informational interviews to get an idea of what “flavor” of communications piques your interest.
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Sonia D.’s Answer

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The types of jobs from studying Communications is a wide variety, being that as many others have stated, "Communications" is a great foundation.

Types jobs which could be within nearly any company:
Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
Public Relations (PR) Representative
Front Line Tier 1 Agent/Customer Service Representative
Sales Associate
Market Research Analyst
An Assistant/Chief of Staff/
Office/Recruiting/Purchasing/PR/ Manager

Hope this gives you some insight on possible jobs with a Communications Major/Studies.
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Elizabeth’s Answer

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Studying communications opens to the door for so many great opportunities with a variety of options to work in different industries. You can do corporate communications, executive communications, employee/internal communications, public relations/media relations, or even be a writer/speechwriter. Start thinking about what you love to do! I started out doing public relations, moved to corporate communications, then executive communications and internal communications.

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Alex’s Answer

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Communications is a broad field, where you can choose your specific industry or job type. I was a Strategic Communications major and work in Learning and Development today. I know others who are working in event planning, public relations, fundraising/development, coaching, academia, etc. It's really about finding what you're passionate about and getting experiences to decide what you like and don't like.

Alex recommends the following next steps:

  • Try every industry out! Get internships in corporate communications, social media management, event planning, non-profits, etc. This will help you learn new things and find what you're passionate about.
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Sarah’s Answer

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Hi Amber,

A major in Communications will help you with lots of diffrent career choices. I wasn't sure what career path I wanted to take when I was in college, I majored in Communications and Culture and received a minor in Business - Marketing. At the time I did have some interest in Marketing. I've had a few diffrent roles since college, most of them centered around Sales and Management.

I believe Communications major helped me with my external communication skills (including oral and written) and provided a strong foundation of basic skills needed in business.

Maybe look into diffrent communications classes offered at some of the colleges you are interested in. I think seeing the actual topics you will be learning about at school could help you understand how they could be applied later in life.

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