Degrees That Can Wow Employers

Knowing your career objective as you earn a college degree could help impress employers.

By Tony Moton (Yahoo News)

Want to wow potential employers? Career experts say having a college degree could help you stand out.
But how can a degree impress potential employers?
"First, a degree lets an employer know you know how to learn," says Susan Wise Miller, a Los Angeles-based career counselor and owner of California Career Services. "You take classes, you write papers, and you demonstrate that you can take feedback from someone about what you've learned."
But beyond that, earning a degree could wow employers if a student has made an effort to tailor his or her studies to potential career paths. In fact, Miller says the degree serves as something of a highlighter to show an employer why a degree holder is a good fit for the job.
"Education is the short-term goal on the way to the long-range goal of a career," Miller says. "It's helpful during college that the coursework relates to the job you are going after. You want to have some real focus. It helps if you have a sense of direction."

Degree - Communication

Hoping to impress employers with your professional communication skills? Consider earning a bachelor's degree in communications.

According to the College Board, you could learn about the wide-ranging field of communications from television to the Internet to other forms of mass media. Courses could cover topics such as persuasion, writing, rhetorical criticism, and research methods.

Wow Factor: Miller says communications majors in the age of the Internet could wow employers by being well-versed on how to get the word out with today's use of technology.

And she adds that a communications degree can also help impress employers looking for candidates with strong writing skills. If you can put words together, there's a chance that hiring bosses will take notice.

"If you are interested in public relations, you want to be an expert on social media," Miller says. "You also want to know how to put a press kit or website together. Content knowledge in public relations is what employers want these days, so you want to take classes (pertaining) to the job you want to go after."

Potential Careers:

  • Reporter, Correspondent, or Broadcast News Analyst
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Editor