What Can You Do With a Communications Degree?

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Thinking of studying communications but not sure what career you may end up in afterwards? Read on to find out…

What Will You Learn as a Communications Major?

Communication makes the world go around.
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First and foremost, you will learn to communicate – shock, horror – but there are many other, unexpected skills that you will gain from this journey that can take you in a whole host of directions.

Your degree will also teach you how to use information and networking tools to communicate effectively; for example, some universities will focus on the written word and instruct you on things such as grammar, composition and style.  Others may focus on the multimedia and visual messages you can convey in careers in front of the camera or microphone, teaching you how to present material and the tools you will need such as video and sound editing systems to do so.

Don’t forget the theoretical aspects that will accompany most of this material. Yes it may be boring but it’s necessary, and will stand you in good stead for future endeavors.

How Can I Study a Communications Degree?

This very much depends on the university you attend, but the program usually consists of many different courses you’ll have to complete in order to gain your qualification.

The main classes are speech and English classes – these are core elements of language synthesis so are pretty self-explanatory. Along with these it’s likely you will have to participate in computer courses since most communications careers involve at least a little technology.

It would probably also be worth your time to participate in the university/local radio, newspaper or magazine to gain some professional experience. It’s a competitive industry so anything you can do to add to your CV is a plus!

Real World Applications


Some graduates go into the field of media or public relations, utilizing the strong written techniques they have gained through the curriculum. However, why not break into the media planning and buying side of the industry? It will allow you to organize and lead advertising campaigns, involving advertisements in radio, TV and print.


To specify, a marketing assistant for a business. This is an ideal position for a graduate with a degree in communications.  It includes a variety of duties ranging from maintaining contacts with clients (for example sending out marketing emails) to assisting in the organization of marketing campaigns. 


A Few universities will give you the opportunity to concentrate in areas such as broadcasting, preparing you for journalistic jobs in television or radio. Along with this a concentration in either online or Internet communication could also stand you in great stead to get a journalism job through the online community.

In order to maximize the opportunities coming your way, if this is the field you want to get into, writing work experience would be strongly recommended. These days there are plenty of online magazines and blogs that are willing to give students the break they need, so don’t be afraid to ask. 

All in all, this degree program can offer you some excellent fundamental skills to pave the way into a wonderful career, it will depend mainly upon your personal preferences and the additional activities you take part in to supplement your academic strength. These will really help in putting your CV at the top of the pile ahead of the competition!

Have you studied this particular major and do you have any pointers? Share in the comments below.  

Phillipa Drake is studying a BA Honors degree in Photography. She has a major ambition of becoming a content writer when she graduates and currently writes for GKBC.

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