Communication Clubs: (Social Media Club, PRSSA, Advertising Club, etc.)
These organizations truly help students become better professionals. They hold different networking events and also have speakers come talk to the members about all sorts of subjects in world of communications. With these organizations, you get a chance to put what you learn in class to use, with competitions against other chapters around the country. These organizations offer many networking opportunities at which you can talk to employers and industry professionals. As a member, you get to make connections with the many members of the organizations, whether in-state or out-of-state and with the connections, you have a huge chance at finding a job.
If there is one organization in college that helped me find my true calling, it is FashioNation. I have been a part of this fashion organization since it was started, I started off as a member and by the next year, I was the Public Relations chair. I loved being part of the organization because it gave me the opportunity to be myself and also grow as the organization grew. As I got more communications experience, the organization was right by my side, rising with every inch I grew. It helped me break out of my shell as I would go in search of new and better ways to market and promote our events. In my opinion, a fashion organization can help you find out who you are and exactly what you want. I was able to learn a lot about myself and what I have the power to do.
It’s always great to work for a newspaper, so that you can craft your writing skills. This will also be a challenge for yourself, a challenge to show you what kind of writer you are. Writing is important in the field of communications, and I strongly believe that working for a newspaper helps one develop an eye for news writing and what is considered news.
TV & Radio
Working for TV and Radio isn’t as easy as most people think. As you grow, from high school to college and then to the real world, it becomes even more intimidating and tough. With a TV station, depending on your school, you can cover major events and learn of ways to communicate to an audience that you cannot see. You’ll be able to craft your skills and learn to work in front of a camera and microphone. And just like newspaper, you’ll learn what makes good news.
Do not forget to save all the work you do with your organizations for your portfolio!