First year of communication degree is not a sure thing
Posted September 12, 2018 12:02:18After taking an online communication degree, a student might expect to be able to make a solid impression on the interviewer and interviewers.
But a new study from Northwestern University has found that most communication majors do not get the first interview with employers.
The study, published in the American Journal of Communications, found that only one in five graduates with the communications degree received an interview, with only two-thirds getting a job interview.
The study found that the communication degree does not guarantee success, and that students who have the degree are less likely to find jobs that match their personality or interests.
The survey of 3,066 undergraduates and graduate students in communications came to the conclusion that many graduates have been unable to find a job, and even those who do get a job may not be able find a good match.
The survey also found that nearly half of the graduates said they did not think they had a strong communication background.
This may be because they have not developed a strong understanding of the field or because they are not comfortable communicating in a job setting.
The authors wrote, “The vast majority of communications graduates do not demonstrate that they have a strong or even average communicative background, and their experiences are limited to one-to-one communications interactions with interviewers.”
The researchers also found a lack of experience with communicating in the workplace.
They said the lack of communication is especially troubling because there is a huge gap in the skills needed to make successful job offers.
According to the report, students who received the communications bachelor’s degree were more likely to be unemployed, with a jobless rate of 26 percent among those who completed the degree, compared to 17 percent among graduates who did not get a bachelor’s in communications.
Students who did get a communications degree were also more likely than graduates without a degree to be single, to be female, to have lower levels of education and have lower household incomes.
Some of the students who did well in the interviews also had the lowest average salary in their class, at $28,872 compared to $45,039 among graduates without the degree.
Students who took the communications-based degree also had a higher average salary than graduates of any other major, with the median pay for graduates of the communications program averaging $60,000, compared with $44,000 for those who did less than a communications major.
Students with the degree were twice as likely as those with no degree to have at least a bachelor degree in communication.
The median pay of students who had at least two communications degrees was $66,500, compared, for example, to $33,400 for graduates with a bachelor in communication or no degree.
The researchers said they would like to see more graduates with this degree go into jobs with a wide range of competencies, and said that it was important for employers to recognize that students with a communications-focused degree have a solid communication background and are well suited for a variety of job descriptions.
It is unclear whether the lack for job interviews or lack of a solid communicative base is unique to the degree program, or is just a common experience for some students.
“A strong communication program and experience in one’s field is necessary for a career in communications, and we hope that more students with communications degrees will pursue their education with confidence and enthusiasm,” the authors said.