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What is it like having a Communications degree At the University of Texas at Austin?

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The important thing to consider is how well your personality traits relate to people who are successful in the communications area and then talking with them to see what they do, how they got there, and what advice they might have.


It really does not matter what school you attend, as the most important factors are how well you do with the school work, which is an indication to an employer about what kind of employee you will be, and the effort that you put forth in your networking to set up networking connections that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Here is an important video for you to watch: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education ##


Here are some tips on reducing college costs. Too many people spend too much on an education and end up with unnecessarily high debt: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/paying-for-school/ways-to-pay/reduce-college-costs.shtml

 

Ken recommends the following next steps:

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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 at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people 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. 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. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. 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 ##
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Kat’s Answer

I was in the comms school at UT, and I now have a job in marketing. A communications degree is applicable in a wide range of fields. I have friends who were comms majors and went into sales, recruiting, marketing, journalism, advertising, PR and more. Good luck!
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Jessica’s Answer

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communication. The Moody College of Communication is ranked highly among many communications schools. My course work was very realistic and gave me valuable insight that I could actually use in my career. The wide range of course options allowed me to pick areas within communications that I found passion and interest. With my degree, I now work within the communications department at Dell. There have been many instances where I hear and use skills that I learned from my courses in my day to day work! Highly recommend if you have a passion for communications!
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Kelly’s Answer

Having a degree from UT opened doors for me professionally, not just in communications but as a whole. My first corporate role was not actually in communications. I chose to work outside my field initially. That did not hinder me. My employer cared more about the fact I invested four years earning a degree rather than what field the degree was in.

Years later, I navigated my career back to communications, and all the experience I gained along the way was so valuable to me. It allowed me to bring a different perspective to the role.

I encourage you to keep your options option and consider smart risks in your career as well.
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