You would get some useful references from the Career Development websites: (http://www.tamuc.edu/careerdevelopment) about the career plan and opportunities.
The Career Development Department also has two links they use to explore different majors: MyPlan (http://www.myplan.com) and What Can I Do With This Major (this link can only be found on Career Development webpage as it’s licensed exclusively for our site). Both MyPlan and WCIDWTM can be reached at this link: http://www.tamuc.edu/studentLife/campusServices/careerDevelopment/myPlan.aspx
Information / Strategies
•Employee or Member Relations
•Public relations firms representing: Private and public organizations, individuals, and events
•PR departments in large corporations
•Public opinion research firms
•Radio and television companies
•Sports and entertainment organizations
•Hospitality and tourism industry
•Strengthen verbal communication skills by taking speech communication courses.
•Enhance writing skills through additional coursework.
•Learn to work well with teams.
•Serve as public relations officer of an organization.
•Get involved with related professional associations as a student member.
•Acquire one or more public relations internships even if unpaid.
•Be prepared to start at the bottom and work up to higher positions.
•Consider a master’s degree in public relations for higher level positions, especially at the executive level.
•Find a mentor in the field to guide your own career planning.
•Be willing to move to locations with more job opportunities.
•Publishing firms including: Newspapers, magazines, and books
•Wire services and syndicates
•Internet sites/online news providers
•Television and radio stations
•Develop the ability to work under the pressure of deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
•Work for campus or local newspaper, radio station, or television station.
•Complete internships in relevant settings.
•Learn applications related to web page design, desk top publishing, and other relevant technology.
•Obtain sales experience.
•Get involved with national and campus professional associations.
•Develop excellent interpersonal, presentation, and research skills.
•Be willing to take any job you can to get a foot in the door with an organization of interest.
•Develop a portfolio or audition tape depending on the industry.
Business and Industry
•Insurance Underwriting and Claims
•Training and Development
•Public and private corporations
•Sport and athletic organizations
•Hospitals and other healthcare organizations
•Real estate companies
•Print and electronic media
•Other product and service providers
•Earn a minor or double major in business.
•Obtain sales and marketing experience through part-time or summer jobs.
•Develop strong verbal and written communication skills.
•Complete internships in fields of interest to build the skills and experiences valuable to employers.
•Hone computer skills and learn applications such as databases, spreadsheets, and presentations.
•Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and learn to work well on a team.
•Get involved in student professional associations and other campus organizations.
•Consider earning a graduate degree in business to increase opportunities for advancement.
•Stay current with business and industry literature and news.
•Become knowledgeable about corporate social responsibility.
•Build a network of contacts.
•Risk and Crisis Communication
•Campaign Marketing and Fund Raising
•City or Town Management
•Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
•Federal government: There are over 170 departments and agencies
•Special action committees
•Take courses or minor in applicable interest area(s).
•Develop strong research, writing, conflict management, and negotiation skills.
•Work on student government or local political campaigns.
•Join related campus organizations and seek leadership roles.
•Develop multi-cultural competence and learn to work well a variety of people.
•There are a large number of specialized agencies within local, state, and federal government. Do extensive research to find the area that best fits your interests and goals.
•Complete an internship with a government agency.
•Maintain a strong GPA as many government programs are competitive.
•Learn government job application processes. Seek assistance at your college career center.
•Develop a network of contacts through referrals and informational interviews.
•Consider earning a graduate degree in public policy/ affairs, public administration, or related areas.
•Local and national nonprofit organizations
•Charities and foundations: within the areas of environment, arts, multicultural initiatives, religion, and health
•Hospitals and healthcare providers
•Historical sites and societies
•Chambers of commerce
•Special interest groups
•Gain experience through internships or volunteer positions with non-profit entities.
•Get involved planning events or fund raising for campus or local organizations.
•Demonstrate knowledge and experience in a specialty area, e.g. public health, environment, urban issues. Consider a minor or specific course to develop this expertise.
•Learn to work well with different types of people.
•Develop a wide array of skills including writing, speaking, budgeting, grant writing, and leadership.
•Consider earning a graduate degree in public administration or nonprofit management to position you for great opportunities.
•Colleges and universities
•Professional or graduate schools, including medical
•Adult education programs
•Vocational-technical educational programs
•Obtain a doctorate degree to teach at colleges and universities.
•Earn a master’s degree in a specialized area e.g., College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or Library and Information Sciences to work in other roles at post-secondary institutions.
•Maintain a high GPA and secure strong faculty recommendations to prepare for graduate school.
•Seek campus leadership positions such as peer mentor, orientation leader, or resident assistant.
•Build strong interpersonal skills.