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Communication Studies is a broad degree that can lead to job opportunities in many different fields, such as public relations/advertising, business, media, non-profit, and government. Skills and experiences gained through co-curricular activities, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering are essential for preparing you to be the best candidate for the most fulfilling job after graduation. 

 

What Can You Do with a Communication Degree?

As a communication major, you have a competitive advantage. A degree in communication studies prepares you for a wide range of occupations and offers a skill set that employers are demanding more than all others: the ability to communicate effectively.

 
According to a 2010 American Management Association critical skills survey, effective communication- the ability to synthesize and convey ideas in written and verbal form- is one of the most important skills to have for a long and successful career.  

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In today's job market, effective communication skills have never been more important. According to an American Management Association 2010 Critical Skills Survey, effective communication β€” the ability to synthesize and convey ideas in written and verbal form β€” is one of the most important skills to have for a long and successful career. Some graduates with a communication studies major enroll in graduate school or law school, while others pursue careers in: 

The job market is in high demand of employees who have proficient and superior communication skills, including: 

  • effective communication in both written and oral forms, 
  • working well in groups and teams, 
  • public speaking, and 
  • conflict resolution.  

 

 

Strategies to Get the Job You Want

  • Develop strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
  • Learn to work well on a team
  • Join related professional organizations
  • Gain experience through internships, part-time or summer jobs
  • Develop computer skills
  • Develop a portfolio of writing samples, ad campaigns, and other relevant work

 

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"I really appreciated the student culture in the major. Everyone was very supportive of one another and willing to take the time to share experiences and ideas."

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Natalee Kasmiskie '11
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Clear Channel Radio

 

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