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Category: Communication

By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you are looking to work in public relations after graduation, employers are looking for people who have a degree in communications, English or business. Grand Canyon University offers all of these and the college of humanities and social sciences offers communications and English degrees.

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Political work is a continually shifting landscape. Due to the transient nature of elected positions, people who choose to work in politics should feel comfortable switching from one office and job position to the next as the political climate changes. It’s also necessary to have a thick skin, an open mind, rock-solid ethics and excellent communication skills.

This is why students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications do well in this career path. While you complete your studies, consider looking for volunteer or intern opportunities on political campaigns in the area.

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Advocacy is a term that defies a short, simple definition because advocates work in many types of capacities and fields. Some include self-advocates, peer advocates, citizen advocates, legal advocates and professional advocates. There are also human rights advocates, public relations advocates and patient advocates. In short, the career possibilities are virtually endless for people interested in becoming professional advocates. If you decide this is the right career objective for you, you can get started by enrolling in a communications degree program from Grand Canyon University.

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By Amanda Ronan

Technical writers create communication and documentation for an organization or business. There are many things that go into technical writing and each position looks different depending on the writer’s skills and the company itself. A few things that are typical for technical writers to create are paper and digital operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions and “Frequently Asked Question” pages for end consumers.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever felt misunderstood? Sometimes, communicating is not easy. We’ve all been in a situation where we think we are communicating one thing, but it is perceived as something completely different by someone else.

When this happens, it can change the course of a conversation. What was once a positive interaction can quickly turn into a conflict that spirals out of control. So, how do we avoid this? Perception checking is a very valuable skill in communication. It brings clarity and understanding to relationships.

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By Jessi Farmer, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“New media” has become the all-encompassing term to describe the Internet and the interplay between technology, images and sound.

New media, like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and apps, provide interactive participation between media and its users anytime, anywhere on electronic devices. The influence of new media is well documented and currently unparalleled.

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