ERIC Number: ED254869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
What Can I Do with a Communication Degree? Four Misconceptions and Some New Questions.
O'Brien, Jill L.
Kentucky Journal of Communication Arts, v10 n1 p33-38 Fall 1984
Those seeking or those who have obtained a communications degree often ask what they can do with their degree. Their quest for universal employment categories uniquely appropriate for communication majors is shaped by four beliefs: (1) content expertise is the primary asset the communication major brings to a potential employer; (2) communication graduates are broadly similar because of common educational experiences within the discipline; (3) clear, uniform employment categories and job descriptions exist across organizations; and (4) degree recipients in technical or business programs fare better than communication majors. However, each of these premises is fallacious. First, content mastery is not the sole asset of the communication graduate. The cognitive and speculative issues explored in communication coursework defy such simplistic reduction. Communication examines the fundamental symbolic process that operates in all personal and professional life. So, too, common sense dictates that communication graduates are not broadly similar because of common educational experiences. Clearly, students will differ markedly in personality traits, economic objectives, motivational drives, geographical preferences, private values, and social needs. In addition, positions with similar titles are not always identical since job functions differ broadly from one organization to another. Finally, technical graduates do not make the transition from academe to the work force more easily than communication students. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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