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Communication, Journalism and Related Studies

Communication careers could be followed in a number of diverse fields such as broadcasting, advertising marketing, public relations, education, government, social services, law, health, and international relations. The increasing use of technology to facilitate communication has also created a number of new applications for communication specialists.

What career options could I consider with a qualification in communication science?

  • Communication careers could be followed in a number of diverse fields such as broadcasting, advertising marketing, public relations, education, government, social services, law, health, and international relations. The increasing use of technology to facilitate communication has also created a number of new applications for communication specialists. The book Communication Science & Languages @ Unisa could help you understand the diversity of options found within this field.
  • Use Bizcommunity.com to keep up to date with news about the communications field. This website has separate pages for a vast range of fields within communications, including public relations, marketing, online media, advertising and newspapers. The “Jobs” section is useful in terms of identifying the types of jobs available in this field.
  • Search job sites for information about different job titles related to communication and languages. Jobsburn focuses on opportunities related to media. Other job sites include indeed, pnet, careerjunction and jobs24.
  • Once you have an understanding of the diverse field of communications, talk to a range of individuals who work within the field to get diverse views on any aspects that you still feel curious about. 
  • Get involved! If you are not currently volunteering at a community organisation, think about doing so. Volunteering is an effective way for you to gain practical experience and develop work-related skills, as well as networking with practitioners in your area of interest. Visit the Greater Good South Africa website for more information about volunteer opportunities in your area and field of interest.

Which qualification would be best to start with?

  • The BA Communication Science degree specialises in the field of communication science and has a fairly structured curriculum. Only one major, namely communication science, is included in the degree.
  • The BA General degree is completed with two majors. You could choose Communication Science as one major with a second major in any other subject related to your interests and career, for example, a language, Psychology, Politics and Economics. On completion of the degree you would have additional options in terms of postgraduate studies based on your second major.
  • The BA Languages and Literature in Creative Writing combines modules in creative writing, languages of your choice and theory of literature.
  • The BBA degree allows you to combine communication science with business-related subjects such as business management, accounting and economics.

Read more about Unisa qualifications here.

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