Editor’s note: Since the Communication major is so broad, we are highlighting your options with the major in multiple posts. Take a look at What can I do with a Communication Major for information on working in Higher Education, Law, and Non-Profits.
“The act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, or feelings to someone else.” What does this actually mean? Well, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary this is the definition of Communication. We live in a world where we spend every second of our lives communicating. The topic of communication is so broad that I could go on and on talking about the topic. The same goes for the area of study as well. Communication studies is a very, VERY broad area of study and is growing at a very rapid rate. In today’s blog post, I’ll be talking about the wonderful topic of Communication, whether you’re a Comm major, minor, or just a daily reader I hope this insight helps you in your studies and daily activities.
What can I do with a study emphasis in Communication?
The common question that most people typically have is, “What can I do with a Communication degree?” Well my friends, there is no definite answer to that because the field of Communication is just so broad! As Whitney had mentioned in her last blog post, some possible areas that you could go into with a Communication degree are higher education, non-profit organizations, or law. With those areas being the common fields that most scholars go into, there are still many, many more fields out there as well. Some of these fields may consist of business, marketing, government and social services, broadcasting and journalism, healthcare, human resources, and the list goes on and on and on. At the end of the day there is no definite route for a Communication graduate nor is there a definite route for a Chemical Engineer, Historian, or Graphic Designer. What I’m trying to say is that a certain degree doesn’t and shouldn’t define your entire life path, it’s just a good place to start.
Now if you know where you would like to specialize with your Comm degree then that’s great! Your minor and having an internship or specific job in a communication area are great ways to do some of that specializing. Having a game plan and alternative options is always a nice way to secure your future, but if you are anything like me, then you shouldn’t be scared of the future. When I say “anything like me” I’m talking about those who like to “go with the flow” or just being open to anything and everything. Though I typically try to plan for my future, I favor the idea of being open to new opportunities and experiences. I still don’t know what I want to do after college with my Comm degree yet, but with the experiences that I currently have I feel confident that I’ll end up in a career that I feel highly passionate about. In the end, your experiences will be the key to you finding your dream job. Our experiences are what shape us to be who we are and who we want to be and with an endless amount of possibilities in the real world it really is a great day to be a Communication scholar.
Of Possible Interest:
- What are recent UMD Communication graduates doing?
- What can I do with a major in Communication? (UNCW)
- What can I do with this major – Communication Studies (U of TN)
- Full Circle with my Undergrad Degree – Career Counselor Ellen’s experience with having a Communication degree
- What can you do with a Communications degree? [infographic]
- Pathways after a Bachelors degree in Communication (US Census Bureau)