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A journalism degree is very valuable in today s job market and it will definitely give you many options to choose from on where you want to start your career . It provides you with tangible, practical skills that employers value highly and that will never be obsolete. They include:
-analytical and knowledge-building skills;
-evaluative and critical thinking skills;
-creative thinking skills;
-effective oral and written communication skills;
-critical and reflective reading skills;
-problem solving and pattern intelligence skills;
-synthesis skills and the ability to express the results of analysis and evaluation;
-the ability to pose meaningful questions that advance understanding and knowledge;
-the ability to conduct research and organize material effectively;
-information literacy and other skills associated with learning how to learn;
- the exercise of independent judgment and ethical decision-making;
- the ability to meet goals, manage time, and complete a project successfully;
-self-confidence and self-understanding;
- the ability to cooperate with others and work in teams;
-a sensitivity to individuals and tolerance of cultural differences;
-the ability to use equipment; and
-an informed openness to new information technologies.
I should know how critical reading and writing skills are in todays job market. I majored in English and it has definitely led to a very prosperous and enjoyable career in technical writing. In this industry you're focused on writing detailed instructions that allow the user to carry out certain tasks. Your true purpose is to make the complicated seem easy and if you succeed, they will like your work.
For the most part you could work for various industries writing technical manuals on how to use or maintain their products. For me one minute I could be writing a manual for a cargo plane, the next for a tactical fighter, or the next an unmanned aerial vehicle (or UAV). The subjects of the manuals are always changing and are very exciting to work with. I would have to write manuals on how to remove and install parts and components, maintain, inspect, or operate the product.
What I also love the most about my job is I pretty much work on my own. My boss isn t always looking over my shoulder and I can work at my own pace. My writing skills are always tested as well as my creativity. What I also like the most about my job is that I work as a freelancer where I m basically my own boss. I get to travel a lot since most of my clients rarely exist in one spot. On top of this most companies are willing to pay for your living expenses if you agree to take on the project.
If you're great at writing research papers then report writing would probably be your strong suit. In this field you only have to thoroughly inform your client exactly what is going on with a certain project. Here you're not writing for entertainment, but to keep people in the loop on progress made or setbacks and to describe what actions are being taken to rectify the situation and if you succeed they will like your work.
Keep in mind that business writing (no matter what field) is in constant demand every year and will need very talented writers to carry out the task at hand.I suspect that you re just like me. We both have a love for writing and reading. Communications is a great profession to pursue and the demand is great.