The speech below was the piece I delivered 6 times to 6 different crowds. This was in completion for Popo Tolentino’s undergraduate thesis. The speech was beautifully written by Rache de Guzman.
Whenever I am asked what school I am from, people are often impressed when I answer “U.P.” This question will be followed by another question about the course I am taking. I cannot help but notice the decreasing admiration in their “Ahh…” as I answer “Speech Communication”. The problem lies with the fact that not many are familiar with my course – Speech Communication. Truth be told, several people had already dissuaded me from pursuing this course – fearing that after four years of studying, I might end up finding no job at all. Today, I would like to invite each one of you to join me in exploring the career paths of a Speech communication major like me.
Rather than developing an in-depth expertise in just one area, a Speech communication major is expected to develop a broad array of skills that might be applied to any number of careers. Speech communication majors are trained to work in various fields such as communications, public relations, government and public service, sales, publishing, journalism, advertising, education, performing arts, and business. I would like to focus on four of the most prevailing careers in Speech communication today.
One of the possible careers a Speech communication graduate could work on is business communication. Business communication includes advertising, sales and marketing, public relations, and personnel relations. Strong communication skills in speaking and writing are essential in presenting a favorable image of the company you are working for, in persuading clients to accept a proposal, in employee-management mediation, and in communicating with the public.
Another career to decide on is management communication. Highly related with business communication, management communication is all about organizational communication. One may analyze how communication works to enhance the management of a company. He may also be in charge of many public relations jobs such as writing, speaking, and producing corporate communication materials. Furthermore, he may evaluate the communication of the company to see how it may improve the company’s image and/or profits. Positions exist with research and consulting firms, government, public relations firms, business associations, banks, and some large volunteer agencies.
Speech communication majors may also find career opportunities in media. This area encompasses a number of behind-the-scenes careers such as journalism, broadcasting sales, writing and management. Those who work in such areas gather information, interview people, attend events, examine public records, and do considerable research in putting together news items and stories. Although the fields of broadcasting, production and programming are highly specialized and they require specific training, we now see that many occupations in radio and TV exist for speech communication majors.
Last but not the least, there is also a career for Speech communication majors in teaching. The teaching of communication involves a wide range of possible subject areas as well as places where the subjects may be taught. Aspects of communication are taught in business, government, military services and institutions as well as in public and private schools.
Since communication skills are used in our everyday work – to make contact with people, to issue directions, to present ideas, to write letters, or to carry on all day-to-day activities, we could say that communicating effectively is a prerequisite for success in almost all careers as well as social situations.
The four career opportunities I have presented – business communication, management communication, media and teaching are only a few of the existing possibilities a Speech communication major may embark on. Speech communication is a field with broad adaptability, a field that can be utilized in many professions, and a field full of career opportunities. As we have explored the career paths a Speech communication graduate may walk on, I hope that I have impressed upon you that since communication ubiquitously exists, there is also a wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who specialize in it.