Are you trying to figure out where you want to go in life or what it is you want to do?
Trying to find a career, or even just declare your major can be tough when everything seems so narrowed or vague.
I am coming to point in my life where I am trying to find a job in the “real world.” As I am starting to look at job descriptions I am finding that the career I want and the degree I have aren’t quite matching up.
I am a communication major and I am scheduled to graduate in April. Recently, I have been digging in deep to start my big job search.
I want to become an events coordinator, and am starting to wonder if my communication degree is going to cut it. Event coordinators I have talked to are all public relations majors and almost all of the job postings call for a degree in public relations.
Is this really going to cut my chances of making it? Honestly, how do public relations majors and a communications majors differ?
As I started to dig even deeper into this mess I am realizing that the biggest difference is the writing aspect.
When you look at the classes required for the degree in public relations at EMU, there are several writing intensive journalism classes.
As for a communication degree, there are a more rounded group of classes such as public speaking, business communications, interpersonal communications, etc.
All of these classes are connected in some way or another and all focus on ways to communicate with one another, whether it is written communication or verbal communication.
If you are interested in whether you would be better off with a communication degree or a public relation degree, I think you should research the job field you want to be in and research the degree your interested in.
For example, I am interested in perusing an event coordinating position and I feel that you need to be better rounded in the communication area because you are communicating with people in so many different ways.
However, I don’t think taking a few public relations classes would hurt any, if anything it will show your involvement with both areas and this can only make you more valuable as a whole.
Doing more research on this topic, I have found that many professors and professional websites encourage experience, experience, experience!
I have had many professors tell me that your degree is there to tell an employer that you are educated and that an internship, volunteer, organizational involvement or a job tells them that you are actually capable of doing the job.
So working internships and volunteering in the field you wish to work in can be a great way to set yourself apart when it comes to the job hunt!