The Inside Scoop on Communication: Advice from a Junior Communications Major

The field of communications holds countless opportunities in a variety of interest areas. It is a great major for those who know they want to utilize creativity, critical thinking, and of course, communication skills. As a Junior Communications major, I have taken every undergraduate level of COMM courses, and I have started to explore how I can use what I’ve learned from classes in my future. I would like to share a few pieces of advice with those of you who may be considering majoring in Communications and those of you who are just starting out in the major.  

Meet With Your Advisor! 

I think communications students are particularly lucky when it comes to academic advising because we have two advisors that are helpful, kind, and easy to talk to! Unfortunately, I have heard from many students at various schools that their academic advisors do not feel supported. I agree that it can feel as though your advisor does not really know you or your goals, especially when attending such a large university. That being said, it is up to you to give your advisor the opportunity to get to know you! Schedule meetings to talk about your interests, goals, and academic standing. Your advisor may know of opportunities on and off-campus to help you gain experience. If you’re feeling intimidated, just remember that your advisor is here to help you, so make sure they know you! 

COMM Campus Organizations: Get Involved! 

Getting involved in campus organizations is a great way to utilize your communications skills and knowledge outside of the classroom. Consider UCTV, WHUS, The Nutmeg, or The Daily Campus if you’re interested in print and broadcast media. Aside from these, most organizations have leadership opportunities, such as serving on an executive board. Find what interests you and run for positions such as PR Chair, Outreach Officer, Alumni Relations, and more! 

Exploring Your Interests 

As communication majors, students learn how to be effective and confident communicators while examining the ways in which the media affects society. Additionally, students learn about theories of communication and the ways in which relationships (familial, professional, romantic, etc.) develop and dissolve. After all is said and done, communication students know how to communicate verbally and in writing. But, with this power, what will you say? In other words, you know how to write, but what will you write about? I strongly recommend taking classes outside of COMM that interest you and give you a glimpse of how you can use your communication skills across various subjects. For example, a student may take political science classes if they are interested in politics and government. Taking courses in this area may help them identify possible career pathways and goals, such as public relations for a political campaign, working as a communications manager for a politician, or being a political news correspondent. Communications is a broad field, with many jobs available. Exploring other academic areas can help you develop your career aspirations. Follow your passions and interests, and you may be surprised what opportunities are uncovered! 

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By Audrey Garcia
Audrey Garcia Career Consulting & Services Intern