Why I Want to Be a Communications Major

The thing is: the world loves a Communications Major! I will be starting college in fall 2009 and I do not know what sort of job I want yet, but I have discovered the study of communications. You see, wherever you go and whatever you do, you are going to have to communicate with others, even if it is just with your fellow Tree Frog researchers. Certainly you do not want to be stuck in the Amazon doing six months worth of field research and not be able to get along with our other Tree Frog enthusiasts, now do you? And probably you would like to get along with the locals as well, am I right? This is where a specialized knowledge of communication is going to come in very, very handy.

Not only that, but virtually all employees want workers who have strong verbal skills, who can work well in teams, and who are congenial. Millions of polls asking employers what their top “most desired” qualities in a worker would list “good communication skills.” If you have ever worked at a job with people who were not good communicators, you know exactly what I mean here. In fact, Brian Tracy (a top personal business consultant in the world) in Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life says the highest paid form of intelligence in the United States is interpersonal intelligence.

A person with such acumen understands other’s emotions and desires, and employers are willing to pay for someone with these skills. Society is a form of communication and having a degree in communication studies opens a lot of doors no matter what field you go into.

What Can You Do With A Communications Degree?

Students who earn a communications degree are known to have a plethora of diverse skills that may be applied to a variety of areas. Individuals may find themselves well fit to function in advertising, marketing, media, writing, event planning, public relations, or other business related areas. Communications majors are versed in both written and spoken word through their education, making them a valuable asset to their employers.

Since the business arena encompasses so many different careers, those who have earned a communications degree often find themselves drawn to this field. Marketing and advertising are the two largest divisions located in the business sector. Those who are interested in marketing often find themselves well-suited for a position as a market research analyst. These individuals research, analyze, and gather data about certain products their company is producing. They gauge the effectiveness of current marketing strategies, and deliver the progress report to their company, along with suggestions about how to increase customer satisfaction and overall profit. Advertising areas that are geared towards communications professions include copywriting, the media department, the account planning department, and the account managing department. All of these divisions focus on different aspects, but all have the same end goal: to create effective advertising. Advertising may include brochures, ads, commercial jingles, etc.

If public relations (PR) is more your area, first figure out what kind of company fits your wants and needs. Large companies offer lots of opportunities, a huge PR team, and typically have a high reputation in the PR world. Smaller PR firms are more local and community-focused than their larger counterparts. A company that is not so big will likely have their employees responsible for more than one job. These businesses do not have the luxury of a big PR team, where each person can focus on one task, and one task only. The other bonus of a smaller PR firm is the opportunity to help this business grow and develop. Those who choose to work in these specific public relations organizations often become invaluable to the company because of their role in helping to progress the company. The other public relations option is to work for a non-profit organization. These places will focus on a specific mission, such as the environment, helping children, etc.

Since communication majors have great written communication skills, some find a career writing and editing, either in a freelance medium or for a company. Companies are always searching for individuals who understand and know how to correctly use grammar, prepositions, alliteration, compound and complex sentences, where to put commas, etc. Being able to both write and edit your own work is also a big plus

Jobs For Graduates With a Degree in Mass Communications

If you are thinking about majoring in Mass Communications, or already have, you may be wondering what type of jobs you will be able to get once you have graduated with the degree. This article will help you explore potential careers for graduates. Some people think of a communications degree as the one many people get when they cannot decide. This may or may not be true, but it does hold the potential for employment in some very interesting industries.

Journalism careers are very common for communications graduates. Journalism does not only limit you to writing for a newspaper. You could write for a popular blog, be a TV news reporter, an editor, a video journalist, and more. We will always need people to find and tell the news. This can be quite an exciting job. If you are interested in doing this, you may wish to get an internship with a media company prior to graduation. Additionally, try to get a column in the student newspaper, or, alternatively, become a news writer for the college radio station.

Another exciting industry available to communications graduates is TV and Broadcasting. There is a wide variety of jobs available here, depending on your interests and skills. Everything from radio announcer to television lighting director are jobs you can get with a communications degree. Make sure you explore your options early and figure out what type of jobs you like best. Then, make sure to work at your college’s radio or TV station. Also, try to get at least one internship before graduating. Not only do internships provide great, real-world experience, they often allow you to make industry connections before graduating as well.

If you would rather go into a business job, which would likely make you more money in the long run, communications major are utilized in a variety of roles. Some of the most common are in marketing, business analysts and public relations. These are roles that you can do in a very large, Fortune 100 business, or a very small, local business. It is up to you and your career goals.

Another great option, for those who love to help people, is education. You can become a communications teacher, speech teacher, or media librarian in a school or college. You will be helping people learn whilst utilizing the skills gained in your degree program.

A last option, would be to go to graduate school. This would let you specialize your communications degree as well as get a few more years experience prior to entering the workforce. However, please note that a master’s degree is not necessary for getting a job in these fields.