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What can I do with this degree?

(Information provided by the UIS Career Development Center)

Areas Employer Strategies

GOVERNMENT

Areas

  • Public Policy
  • Public Admin. Research
  • Peace Corps
  • Intelligence Service
  • Foreign Service
  • Political Affairs
  • Economic Affairs
  • Administrative Affairs
  • Consular Services
  • US International
  • Communication Agency

Employers

  • Federal, state, and local government

Strategies

  • Acquire foreign language competence
  • Secure internship
  • Serve in Model United Nations
  • Become involved in student government
  • Participate in cross-cultural groups/organizations
  • Write for campus publications dealing with national and international affairs
  • Develop skills in math and statistics

LAW

Areas

  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant

Employers

  • Corporations
  • State and local government
Strategies
  • Develop research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Secure internship

POLITICS

Areas

  • Staff of State or National Official
  • Campaign Worker
  • Political Party Groups
  • Public Interest Groups

Employers

  • Legislators, national and state
  • Republican/ Democratic National Committee
  • Public Interest Advocacy groups
  • Campaigns-national, state, county, city

Strategies

  • Volunteer for local or national campaigns
  • Secure internship
  • Earn leadership roles in campus/local organizations
  • Develop verbal & written communication skills
  • Become involved in campus political organizations, student government, campus publications, and community service projects
  • Take course in statistics, computer science, environmental protection, public policy
  • Develop network of personal contacts

JOURNALISM

Areas

  • Editing
  • Reporting/ Research
  • Advertising
  • Circulation
  • Sales

Employers

  • Large circulation newspapers
  • Local newspapers
  • Wire services
  • Trade newspapers

Strategies

  • Find summer/part-time work and internships
  • Get sales experience
  • Gain skills in typing/VDT, photography
  • Develop excellent grammar, verbal, and writing skills
  • Serve on college newspaper/ yearbook/ publications
  • Become student member of professional group

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Employers

  • Private non-profit groups

Strategies

  • Master a foreign language
  • Obtain a business minor

BUSINESS

Areas

  • International
  • National
  • Marketing
  • Personnel
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Banking/Finance

Employers

  • Business firms

Strategies

  • Develop strong analytical, verbal, writing, and computer skills
  • Take a business minor or double major
  • Get experience in area of interest
  • Earn leadership role in campus organization
  • Secure internship

BROADCAST JOURNALISM

Areas

  • News Programming
  • Production

Employers

  • Major TV networks
  • Commercial TV stations
  • Public TV stations
  • National radio networks
  • State/regional radio networks
  • Medium/small market radio stations
  • Independent radio syndications

Strategies

  • Gain experience in radio, TV: reporting, writing, production, announcing
  • Secure internship
  • Volunteer with public radio, TV
  • Develop good reporting, writing, verbal, and debate skills
  • Cultivate attractive/appealing appearance
  • Announce sports events
  • Become involved in drama: direct, act, work with technical crew

RETAILING

Areas

  • Store Management
  • Buying

Employers

  • Department, grocery, drug, specialty, variety chain stores

Strategies

  • Earn leadership role(s) in campus organizations(s)
  • Become financial officer/treasurer of organization
  • Take a business minor
  • Obtain sales position on yearbook, campus newspaper
  • Get work experience in retailing
  • Secure internship

EDUCATION

Employers

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Colleges and universities

Strategies

  • Obtain volunteer or work experience community/church youth programs
  • Participate in sports (lead to coaching)
  • Become involved in student clubs, debate, publications, government, and activities

Career Development Center

For more information on Changing Career Options, Preparing for your Job Search, Preparing for Graduage School and Finding Employment, visit the Student area of the Career Development Center website.

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University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
217-206-6600

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