Professional Practice

Course Code: DCOM 3502

Academic Year: 2018-2019

This non-credit course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for a communications or media work placement in today's challenging employment market. Preparation for the work placement includes job search techniques and discussion of such issues as employer expectations, company policies, professionalism and self-management. The need for career planning, lifelong learning and interpersonal communication skills will also be discussed. Students conduct a self-assessment of their personality and skills and perform occupational and company research. Students prepare covering letters and resumes, create their own database of potential employers within their sector of interest, and practice their interview skills in mock interviews and by conducting information interviews. Guest speakers from business and industry will provide students with a range of perspectives on current and future trends in business and priorities and competencies required in corporate, media, government, non-profit and communications agency sectors.