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Careers in Communication


Career Options

Internship and Employment Resources

Professional Associations

Possible Career Options
(some career options could require advanced study)

Admissions Representative
Advertising Executive
Athletic Conference Director
Business Development
Career Services Advisor
Claims Adjuster
Community Relations Director
Corporate Recruiter
Corporate Trainer
Digital Content Marketing Manager
Digital Media Producer
Event Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
Legal Communication Consultant
Marketing Director
Medical Information Director
Media Relations Director
Mental Health Professional
Motivational/Public Speaker
Non-Profit Administrator
Organizational Comm. Consultant
Political Campaign Director
Print and Digital Journalist/Freelance
Professor of Communication
Public Affairs Director
Public Health Campaign Director
Public Relations Director
Radio Broadcaster/Talk Show Host
Sales Representative
Social Media Marketing
Sports Agent/Promoter
Sports Announcer
Sports Information Director
Sports Photographer or Writer
Student Activities Director
Team General Manager
Technical Writer
Television Broadcaster
Television News Anchor
Television Producer
Web Designer

Leadership/Management Skills

  • Working independently (self-direction)
  • Organizing/Prioritizing
  • Identifying problems and needs
  • Working well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Selling, promoting, negotiating, persuading
  • Mediating conflict
  • Making effective decisions
  • Integrating task and relational communication in groups
  • Coordinating multiple perspectives and viewpoints
  • Thinking outside the box

Communication/Writing Skills

  • Comprehending written material
  • Persuading others to accept ideas
  • Speaking effectively with people in many situations
  • Using media formats to present ideas creatively
  • Listening objectively and reporting accurately
  • Dealing with the public
  • Critiquing, editing, proofreading
  • Resolving conflict and using active listening
  • Writing concisely and clearly

Research/Analytical Skills

  • Analyzing the interrelationships of events and ideas from several perspectives
  • Understanding and using organizing principles
  • Reviewing large amounts of material and extracting essence
  • Applying information creatively to solve specific problems
  • Negotiating effective relationships
  • Formulating questions to clarify a particular problem or issue
  • Brainstorming and sifting through ideas
  • Using various research methods: quantitative/qualitative analysis, interview, observation, and textual analysis

Internship and Employment Resources

Local Internships (for current Hope students): https://jobstop.hope.edu/
Idealist and Action without Borders: http://www.idealist.org
After College: http://www.aftercollege.com
Media Bistro: http://www.mediabistro.com/joblistings
Michigan Association of Broadcasters: http://www.michmab.com/Careers/JobBank
Radio-Television News Directors Association: https://www.rtdna.org/
Spotlight on Careers: http://www.spotlightoncareers.org

More resource links are available at the Career Development Center website:

Professional Associations

American Association of Advertising Agencies: www.aaaa.org
American Communication Association: www.americancomm.org
American Press Institute: www.americanpressinstitute.org
Association for Women in Communications: www.womcom.org
Broadcast Education Association: www.beaweb.org
Federal Communications Commission: www.fcc.gov
National Association of Broadcasters: www.nab.org
National Communication Association: www.natcom.org
National Speakers Association: www.nsaspeaker.org
Public Relations Society of America: www.prsa.org
Radio-Television News Directors Association: www.rtdna.org
Toastmasters International:www.toastmasters.org
West Michigan Film & Video Alliance: www.wmfva.org