Post # 1
I graduated with a communications degree in 2011. Does anyone have a communications degree? What jobs did you look for? Should you get your masters degree in a more specialized field??
I am currently at a clerical position (making 30k, dying of boredom, & very unhappy with the company) and am looking for something a little better! I just do not know where to start!
I’d love to get my masters but have 50k in student loans; I am not sure if that would be a good financial decision since I am getting married in July 2014! What does everyone think? Any advice??
Post # 3
I graduated in 2010 with a degree in print journalism. I did a lot of internships while I was in college, mostly during summers, so I had experience once I graduated. I’m working in the field now. At this point I’m not planning to go back for a higher degree in communications, but perhaps I’d feel differently if I weren’t using the degree I have now.
What type of communications job are you looking for, since the field is so broad? (Newspapers, broadcast, public relations, etc.?) If you’re looking to work in print, I’d maybe see whether any publications near you are looking for an editorial assistant. Or perhaps a part-time internship somewhere to get your foot in the door?
Post # 4
My major was comm and, at the college I attended, the program was still in its infancy. It was incredibly generic and, frankly, useless, but I had a free ride so I just went with it. It was a massive waste of time in my experience. I work in finance now.
Post # 5
I graduated with a Public Communications degree. I found a job right out of school, doing marketing and PR, as well as some sales for a tech company. I make 60k plus hefty bonuses for any sales. I love my job and got lucky when I found this company. I have 3 weeks paid vaca, PAID medical and dental insurance, and half day Fridays, every Friday. My degree worked out for me, and wasn’t useless at all. Would I do a masters in the future, maybe? But I can’t imagine getting a huge benefit from it at this point.
Post # 6
I majored in Communication Studies, although I’m currently not using my degree. I think if I were to use it though, I would try to go more towards advertising and public relations. I’ve also contemplated going back for my masters.
Post # 7
@MizzStark1026: +1 to this. I’m a copy editor at a newspaper, I make $50k+ (which is not typical for copy editors, but I work in an expensive market) and I have good benefits. I agree that a master’s wouldn’t benefit me much at this point and that my degree wasn’t a waste. (Also, hello, date twin! I haven’t found many!)
With that said, I know a lot of people I graduated with who have had a hard time finding jobs in communications. Many of them have pursued/are pursuing graduate degrees.
Post # 8
I majored in Communications with Emphasis in Public Relations. I am currently an Account Executive at at Public Relations firm and I love my job! I think emphasizing in PR was beneficial as it helped me find my niche. Good luck to you!
Post # 9
I DON’T have a communications degree but some of my friends do. One got a MSE and teaches high-school english and does yearbook the other went and got a MA in Communication, he teaches at an online college as well as working as a content manager for Sam’s Club. They both seem to be doing pretty well and love their jobs.
Post # 10
I majored in Communications with a focus on journalism and public relations. I started my first full time job 1 week after graduating. I moved to another company 3 years ago an am now an Account Director for a public relations agency.
I absolutely love my job and have considered going to get my masters, however, I don’t feel that the cost of going back to school will be worth the increase in pay by having my masters.
You don’t necessarily need to go back for your masters to specialize in a sector of communications. Many schools offer certificate programs that are much less expensive and still give you a good education.
Post # 11
What exactly do you want to do? Communications is very broad.
I have a journalism degree but work in athletic PR, which was my plan while in college. I don’t have a master’s as I got two internships in the business before I was hired on full time. However most people in my profession do have them.
Post # 12
I graduated in 2006 with a communciations degree. I worked as an apparel buyer for a retail company shortly after and now I am on the manufacturing side of the apparel industry – working as a production planner – making over 50K/yr. Don’t get a masters. Just learn how to market yourself and your degree.
Post # 13
Me! I graduated in 2011 after majoring in communications (emphasis in PR) and got a job shortly after working in alumni relations at a small university as the donor relations and events coordinator. I love it, though the pay isn’t great.
Since the university will pay for my master’s, I’m working on my M.Ed. There are no Comm programs available unfortunately.
Post # 14
Thank you everyone for you responses!
I concentrated in graphic design. The problem is I do not have a ton of experience and had a job that I did nothing all day! So now i do not want to pursue graphic design.
So the root of the issue is I am not sure what I want to do with it. PR sounds interesting and I would love to work for a non profit organization or a university/college! I am just having a hard time breaking into that field.
Do you think i can do PR even if I did not concentrate in that area? I understand it would need to be entry level since I have no experience….
@regit45 – your job sounds awesome! I wish I could get into a career path like you! I would like a decent paying job – what I am doing now isnt paying well either, but they are paying for your masters which def will pay off!
Thanks for the advice so far!
Post # 15
@regit45: That sounds like a great job! It is exciting too hear you graduated in 2011 and were able to find a job that you like!
I did not concentrate in PR but it sounds like your job was looking for a communications degree???
Post # 16
@SuperKate: That is the issue I am not sure what I want to do with the degree or what I can do! I would like to work non profit or at a college/university maybe coordinating events/volunteer programs. Although, I concentrated in graphic design, which i do not want to do! I did that for a bit and I def do not want to sit in a cubicle all day!!
I would like to do something that involves more then sitting behind a computer and in a cubicle… I just do not know if I can find that since I did not concentrate in a specific area like that……