Communication - From Classroom to Career Sophomore Year


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Work with your faculty advisor and decide on an area of interest within the major of Communication that suits you. Also see Student Resources. Read the CommBlog; follow our Twitter feed.ctc_com_soph_1

Communication is at the foundation of everything we do. Certainly words are communication - symbols we've created - but it doesn't stop there. Numbers are communication. Non-verbal gestures are communication. Silence, even, is communication.... I chose the field of communication because of this foundational aspect to it - it's rooted in everything and so it's useful in everything. Every field requires effective communication skills and Fairfield's program has world-class professors who make the subject come to life.
Steve Bottari '11; Communication; graduate student, Newhouse School of Communication, Syracuse University

Comm.Unity
The student organization serves to orient interested students to career opportunities in the Communication field. The club sponsors guest lectures from alumni and other professionals, as well as field trips, socials, and colloquia. Recent field trips have included visits to ESPN and other national television networks, and attendance at tapings of television talk shows. Club officers and members engage in fundraising activities, organize activity fairs, schedule meetings, and run yearly elections. Students elect club officers every spring, who set the agenda for the following year. Active participation in Comm.Unity gives students the opportunity to get to know departmental faculty members outside of the classroom environment, develop a sense of community with other communication majors, and learn more about careers and internship opportunities.

Check out our peer advising nights!

Package Yourself Professionally
Start building a Linkedin.com profile, one of the most popular ways to find jobs and internships for college students. Establishing a professional profile page and networking with both peers and working professionals will significantly enhance the chance to have a flying start in the real world.ctc_com_soph_2

Keep Dreaming
What happens after Fairfield? What would be your "dream job" - and how do you get there? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors: How can you use your remaining time at Fairfield to prepare for it?

Mass Media Experience
Practice those skills by working with The Mirror student newspaper, radio station WVOF, the HAM channel TV station, or magazine.

Career Night
Communication Department graduates work in a wide variety of industries and settings. Attend Communication Career Night in the spring to hear from graduates of the program.

Foreign Shores
Consider a new or continuing a foreign language. Consider Study Abroad.

Honors Program
Qualified Comm. students participate in the Honors Program at Fairfield University and, for students with an exceptional academic record of achievement, there is an opportunity to be elected to the country's premier honor society, Phi Betta Kappa.ctc_com_soph_3

Line Up References
Start to look for three or more professors in Communication and from other departments who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance. Stay in touch with them so they can speak about your successes in an informed way.ctc_com_soph_4

Internships
Start thinking now about how you can "try on" two careers - and get credit for it....

The internship program is phenomenal. What a resource we were so lucky to have as Communication majors within the University AND compared to other universities. Sure anyone can get an internship with enough hard work and knowing the right people, but not everyone had the class behind the internship that we had. The class provided me with an edge and truly made my internship experiences that much more. Putting a portfolio together of all the projects I worked on, dividing the portfolio into related sections, describing why some of the experiences mattered in a journal, talking with my peers about their internship experiences and exchanging stories... I didn't realize at the time how valuable all this actually was. I would not have the job I have today if Dr. Gudelunas had not so strongly encouraged completing an internship. - Courtney A. Cunningham; Communication major; sales planner for Sprout, the first 24 hour pre-school network, at NBCUniversal.


That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Communication majors.

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Communication career activities by class year

Freshman Year | Sophomore Year | Junior Year | Senior Year