As a college student and a Communication Studies major I know I have spent a fair amount of time imagining where exactly my skill set will fit in the workplace after college. Different students within the major will all take different things from each course as our perceptions and intentions will inevitably vary. We went around the classroom at the beginning of the semester like we always do in college, in order to introduce everyone and tell the class a little bit about ourselves. One of the things we were prompted to tell the class is what we wanted to do when we finish school. There were countless different responses and career fields that were mentioned; I told the class that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I mention this to provide some context as to how I interpret the class. If my interest were in PR, then I would be drawn toward different aspects of the course and the information it offered.
Through working together as a class to interpret our textbook and bring to life our definition of corporate communication, I was brought a lot of peace. It became more evident to me that the things we practice every day as Communication Studies majors are some of the things that have stood out in the progress made by excellent organizations, and likewise in their absence have contributed to the decline of good companies. I am talking about leading others, working in groups, and analyzing scenarios in order to not only identify problem areas but suggest sound, thought-out solutions. Being able to measure and interpret things which only exist within our day to day experiences is a skill that will no doubt set me apart as a valuable asset.
What do I know? How do I know it? How can I use it?
All questions that when implemented correctly can guide a company and a person to success.