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Asked by Erica on March 21, 2018

I have a degree in communications (media studies) and wasn't advised to do an internship. Now I have a degree and can't get a job. How do I change that?

Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on March 22, 2018

Hi there! As a fellow mass comm degree recipient, let me start by telling you that your story is not unique. The first thing I would suggest is to get away from the word "can't." Mass comm is an extremely competitive field so perspective and motivation are very important for success. The second thing is get comfortable with the reality that you can get a job but it may not be the one you want at this time. That's okay!

Here are practical steps I would take if I were in your shoes. First, find a job that will get income flowing even if it's not related to mass comm. When you find that job DO give it 100%! Second, use your skill set. If you want to be a journalist, start a blog. If you want to be talent, start a podcast or do video blogs. Third, get feedback from your readers, listeners or viewers to fine tune your skills. Fourth, start building your portfolio. By the time all of that comes together, you may have (realistically) been in the workforce for about a year or two, but you will have a resume you can present for the job you really want. And, YES, it's okay to include your independent projects on your mass comm resume! People want to see your skills whether you use them in a job setting or independently. You may even consider volunteering your mass comm skills. Small local nonprofits ALWAYS need media assistance.

Here's a final and very important thought. Because mass comm is such a competitive field, your success journey may take longer than you would like. What's important is to dream big and work hard. You WILL get that job!

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