As a budding communications major, you may be wondering what to do after college. The good news is that your degree has prepared you for success in many careers.
Communications majors are often highly attuned to current events and the world of media, they have strong public speaking and presentation skills and they know how to write well and craft convincing arguments. These "soft skills" will make you valuable to many employers, as will the "hard skills" you may have picked up over your four years in college, like web design, Photoshop or statistical research.
Here’s a primer for how to describe your skills and turn them into quantifiable experiences for your résumé. We also have some advice on how to bolster your degree before graduation with some practical experience beyond the classroom:
You've learned to think critically about different forms of media and are keenly aware of underlying messages. You also know how to reach different audiences with your information or product. Given the importance of media and marketing in many industries, your expertise in these areas will definitely help you land a job.
Communications majors understand that research and enthusiasm can mean the difference between facing an engaged audience and staring at a room full of thumb–twiddlers. Whether you have to pitch a concept to your boss, lead a conference call or simply interact with a customer, strong public speaking and presentation skills will be integral to your success after college.
Without research data, a marketing team can't identify its target audience, lawmakers can't create effective public policy and reporters would have to rely on hearsay. Your understanding of research methods will be a valuable asset for employers, whether you choose to pursue a career in academia, media, politics or marketing and public relations.
That communications degree was a smart choice—whatever field you chose to pursue, you've developed skills that will help you excel. Understand how to sell those skills to a potential employer, and you'll be able to successfully transition from undergrad to working professional.
If you’re a high school student with communications aspirations, find a college with a strong program and plenty of opportunities to skillbuild in and beyond the classroom.