Interviews with alumni show that within a few years of graduation, former students find their way into careers and recognize the merits of their liberal education in communication. Alumni of the program are generally willing to advise current students and act as mentors in their field of work.
Alumni of the Department hold positions they did not anticipate as students, ranging from real estate development to project manager in the Chicago Public School system, as well as some they expected, such as in news production.
Students in the program build contacts with alumni who come back to speak during classes and join in extra-curricular activities. The Department encourages students to organize group activities involving alumni on different career paths. For example, in 2003, COMM majors and alumni organized the Communication Society, which became a campus student organization.
When returning to campus, alumni report using almost everything they learned in their communication courses, and they indicate that some aspects of the program they found most challenging while enrolled (such as statistics and intensive writing) proved the most beneficial to them on the job.
The Department is currently collecting alumni information. If you would like to help us complete your records of where our alumni are at and what they have accomplished, please e-mail Christina Zimmerman.