ERIC Number: ED185629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Skills Required of SCA Members Who Hold Jobs in Business, Industry, Government, and Social Service Settings: The Second Study by the SCA Task Force on Career Opportunities.
Blankenship, Jane; Sweeney, Barbara
A study was conducted by the Speech Communication Association (SCA) Task Force on Career Opportunities to obtain and disseminate information about the skills required for a variety of jobs in nonacademic settings and nonteaching jobs within academic settings. Forty-two SCA members responded to a questionnaire in which they listed their job titles and descriptions, identified their jobs as entry or nonentry level, and ranked up to seven required skills for both their jobs and related entry level jobs. The skill most frequently mentioned was writing, with 83% of the respondents citing some form of writing such as letters, memos, reports, speeches, proposals and grants, and news releases. Other skills mentioned in order of decreasing frequency were speaking, interpersonal or small group skills, research skills, organizational ability, listening skills, analytic ability, general management skills, supervisory experience, and knowledge of a particular corporation or industry. Other information elicited by the questionnaire included skills required on entry level jobs and sources of skills both from formal course work and from on-the-job experience. Among the conclusions drawn from the reponses were that career options should be explored before graduation, that curricular changes for speech communication majors may be required, and that internships will be a critical component of the speech communication curriculum. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speech Communication Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Ocean City, MD, April 24-26, 1980).