School of Communication & Journalism

Career Pathways

Communication skills are regularly identified by CEOs and other corporate leaders as key components of success in the workplace. In fact, recent articles by LinkedIn, The Princeton Review, and Forbes identify communication skills in the top five soft skills sought by employers. 

Our courses stress theory, research, and practice.  Our goal is for our students to develop strong critical thinking skills and the ability to effectively relay their ideas to others.  Our majors leave our program with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their chosen career. To that end, students learn about verbal and nonverbal communication, build their leadership skills, practice developing persuasive messages, and apply this knowledge and practice to specialized contexts such as health, law, and organizations. 

Students work in a variety of career areas including, human resources, government, nonprofits, business, and social services (to name just a few). Recent employers, include: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Encore Live Event Planning, FOX News, the Nashville ZOO, the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, and Global Golf Management. 

 

Pre-COMM Majors

In conjunction with the AU Career Center, we have developed a Career Pathway that presents key elements of the program as you move through the major.  

Download Career Pathways PDF

Download Career Pathways Word Doc

COMM Majors

We have several pieces of advice:

  1. Use AU resources:  
  • Visit the COMM advisor to help you match courses to your professional goals.
  • Develop strong relationships with your professors, as they are also important sources of career advice..
  • Utilize the AU Career Center for help developing your resume, engaging in mock interviews, etc.
  1. In addition to developing an excellent cover letter and resume, set up a LinkedIn Profile.  Employment firms regularly use LinkedIn to recruit potential interns and job applicants.
  2. Choose your internship wisely and work hard!  While there are no guarantees, many internships do lead to job offers.

For more information

Debra Worthington

Debra Worthington
Associate Director of Communication
219 Tichenor Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-2756
worthdl@auburn.edu

Last Updated: January 23, 2019