So what can we make of Furman’s engaged approach to learning, and how can this approach translate into success? Because the Communication Studies Department at Furman provides theoretically grounded courses and promotes extracurricular activities and internships, students gain two invaluable consequences: knowledge and experience. Thus, they are prepared to enter the wide world that awaits them after college.
Communication studies alumni are spread across the globe and working in an impressive array of careers. One such Furman graduate, Jessica Lightburn, now works at the White House. Courtney Dotson works for an advertising firm in New York City. Hollye Ferguson Stigler works with Southern Progress Corporation, the parent company of Southern Living Magazine
, which is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices throughout the United States. Both Deborah Wells and Alfons Simons are currently in graduate school at Duke University. Lauren Johnson works as a reporter for News 13 in Orlando, Florida. No matter where these alumni end up, they serve as an example for other Furman students to emulate, and the mark they leave on a particular point on the map is almost always a mark of success.
Career Information & Jobs Listings in Mass Communication
Occupational Outlook Handbook
"is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations." Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following information is offered for each industry: Nature of the Industry; Working Conditions; Employment Occupations in the Industry; Training and Advancement; Earnings Outlook; Sources of Additional Information. To better understand how industries are defined, read this article, "How Industries Differ": http://stats.bls.gov/oco/cg/indchar.htm
Direct links to relevant industries:
Read this excellent article
by University of California Professor of Journalism Cynthia Gorney
about the skills entry-level newspaper journalists need to succeed.
Pathways to Careers in Communication from Comm.Careers
is an excellent overview of the study and career options available in Communications from the National Communication Association founded 1914. http://www.natcom.org/Instruction/Pathways/5thEd.htm
Career Research Sites
is an excellent gateway site from Careersmarts.com listing sites with job postings in mass media and other career areas. http://www.careersmarts.com/windows.htm
Journalism Jobs on the Internet
compiled by the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Includes resources for New Media
Stanford University Career Development Center
includes resources for Journalism, Magazine & Newspaper Publishing, Television & Radio Broadcasting, On-line Publishing, & Book Publishing.
"is a news and resource Web site for media professionals. It provides quick access to timely media news and relevant industry data, updated through the day." Created and maintained by Patrick Phillips, freelance journalist and corporate writer. Includes resources for Media/Advertising, Books, Entertainment, Internet, Journalism, Television & Radio, General Job Sites, Freelance. http://www.iwantmedia.com/jobs/index.html