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If one of my skills is the ability to conversate with people , what type of industries should I interested in?

Asked Lakeland, Florida

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Sheila’s Answer


Communication skills are good (and very much needed) in every industry. It depends on what your particular style of communication is. Are you good at writing? Are you good at public speaking? Do you prefer to talk one on one with individuals or with big crowds? Depending on how you answer these questions will help you know what industry to consider.

The more obvious industries that really rely on communication skills are areas like journalism (either print or television), political office, and public relations. But there are other industries that may seem a little less obvious but rely on communication skills as well. These include healthcare industries, social services, and even project management (which is my background).

I would suggest that you take one step further to figure out what your interests are, what problem do you want to solve in the world, and what aspect of talking to people really excites you.

Hope this is helpful!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

  • Take a career assessment test to help you narrow down what industry you would be interested in. One example is https://www.princetonreview.com/quiz/career-quiz.
  • Pay attention to yourself and write down what excites you about talking to people.
  • Start to ask people if you can observe them at their job to see if what they do would interest you.

Madhavi’s Answer

Communication is a soft skill that is in much demand in most professions. Communication skills can be used in different ways depending on the specific format that interests you. some examples are:

  1. If you have a ability to communicate and convince people, then sales could be a good option
  2. If you are good with written communication, then explore corporate communication roles focused on either internal or external corporate communication
  3. If instruction based communication is your strength, you can join Learning and Development teams to deliver training as part of the HR/People teams
  4. If your communication skills are strong on the side to sharing information and solution development, then you can explore becoming a People Business Partner (https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/job-descriptions/pages/humanresourcesbusinesspartner.aspx)

I'd recommend explore the above and meeting some people who already in the space. Informational interviews with these people will help you better understand which specific area interests you the most.

Good luck!

Jillian’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Communication skills is crucial in the workplace these days. If you consider your soft skills to be high and would like to exercise those skills, I would recommend pursuing a consulting position. I am currently working at an accounting firm as a consultant and there is not a day that goes by when you don't interact with people. Whether it is your own colleagues or the client, you are constantly creating and growing relationships with people while making a difference!

Brandon’s Answer

Updated Plano, Texas

I can relate and have been in sales ever since I discovered this skill set. Sales allows you to feel needed and have purpose. Focus on knowing and understanding the product or service the company offers, so you have a full understanding when presenting to a potential customer/client. Additionally, your positive interaction, not only with customers, but also with peers, will open doors for future growth. The gift of gab is truly a gift and can prove to be very profitable. 

Mkitali’s Answer

Updated San Jose, California

Communication Skills would help you in every field ! I have few friends who are excellent orators are realtors, public speakers, customer service or customer support representatives also a Radio Jockey.

If you decide to pursue technology, then you can look in fields of technical support which will help you further.