(Closed) Interpersonal communications major

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 2
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Unless you have a specific job in mind that will use those skills (like therapist, conflict resolution, etc) then I would take those classes as an addition to another major. I only say this because I had a lot of friends who did some sort of comm major and it didn’t really help them out. None of them use their degree and we are just 5 years post graduation.

Post # 3
46677 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ap2010:  As the pp just said, what career goals do you have that you think these courses would lead to? There are so many graduates out there without any job skills.

It used to be that you could take all sorts of courses that interested you in university and get a job when you graduated just because you have a degree. That is no longer the case. Employers want someone who is job ready.

Post # 5
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I just hired a summer intern who’s a conflict analysis major, which I think is in the same vein.  There are drawbacks here.  1, it’s a very, very new major.  Older hiring managers are not going to know what to make of it.  I hardly knew what to make of it when the intern approached our mediation office; I’d never heard of it!  2, if you want a job, don’t major in what you like, major in what you don’t hate that’s in demand in the market.  Talk to the people in the major at the school(s) you’re eyeing; what are they doing? What do they want to do? Do they have internships? Externships? Are there recent graduates you can talk to (like within the last 2 years)? What are they doing? Are they working in a related field? Are they in grad school, and how necessary will grad school be? 3, if there are grad school requirements, know your options.  That field lends itself well to law, but law school is a real raw deal right now, if you even want to pursue more school.  Know your options after graduation.

I wouldn’t say don’t do it, but I would say think carefully about where you’re going to end up with a major like that.

Post # 6
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

A couple of weeks ago you wanted to major in social media, so it sounds like you don’t have a 100% clear idea of what you want to do. If you haven’t started college yet, I would pick a school that offers a wide variety of majors and take some general education classes in your first year or so to figure out what you’re interested in.

Post # 7
390 posts
Helper bee

Ap2010:  My older sister’s degrees are in Communication and she works in Marketing and PR. She does very well financially. She did internships while in undergrad that were more typical for telecommunication/mass media students even though they weren’t her exact interests and that opened professional doors for her.

I think if you are interested in interpersonal communication you should research programs. I see you said that you were considering teaching. Do you mean high school or college? If college look on sites like The Chronicle for Higher Education or Highered jobs to learn about what it takes to get hired in the field. Figure out what other job options are available in case you can’t immediately get the teaching job you want after graduation. Figure out how much education will be required to reach your goal. Find out if funding is available or if you will have to take out loans. Be as prepared and knowledgeable as possible!

Many people come down hard on liberal arts degrees but long-term studies show that statistically job outcomes and satisfaction are similar to professional programs. There are still a lot of advantages to the solid analytical, research and communication skills required to excel in the arts. They are transferrable skills that can translate into a wide array of fields. I think developing a solid plan with your professional goals in mind, rather than haphazardly going through school with no plan beyond graduating makes a big difference.

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