Every time people find out I’m about to graduate they only ask one question: “So what are you going to do after you graduate?” It’s an obvious question, and I always know it’s coming so I am usually prepared to smile and cheerfully say, “Well I’m not exactly sure yet but I’m excited to figure it out!”
In reality, I always have a JD-esque (Scrubs reference), precursory daydream where I imagine a million different replies to that question. Thus far, my courage is fighting a losing battle, and I just repeat my usual answer time and time again.
The truth is, I could offer my inquisitors any number of answers and all of them would be absolutely plausible. #1 Hollywood scriptwriter? Sure, why not? Account Executive at the biggest Public Relations firm in some major city? Yeah, maybe. Director of Communications for a major corporation? Probably not, but totally possible.
I think that’s what a lot of people don’t really understand about asking a communication major what they plan to do post-grad… We can ultimately do anything we want, well aside from brain surgery… but then again med schools are always looking for diverse applicants. My point is, most of us tend to have natural writing skills and a high aptitude for communication in general, so find a field that utilizes those skills and you’ll find us.
Occasionally, when I’m feeling a little precocious I’ll throw in, “I’ll work wherever there’s a paycheck!” What’s funny is that it’s absolutely true. It’s passion that tends to drive communication students towards particular fields. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know my friends in the major are all interning in fields they enjoy. For example, one of my friends is currently interning at a New Orleans company that focuses on entertainment and she just had the opportunity to interview MC Hammer. A communication degree gives you the opportunity to merge your passion with your talent, and I honestly can’t think of a better way to find a fulfilling career.
So if you’re curious about Loyola’s School of Mass Communication and you’d like to see what some of the students are up to, check out the video below!