COMMUNICATION ON THE JOB
Assessment #3 – 1506LHS
This semester you have learned about the importance of communication in many aspects of
everyday life. While the previous writing assignment asked you to examine how mediated
messages can influence culture at large, this assignment looks at communication in the
This final piece of assessment, which will be a 1500-word paper, will ask you to think ahead and
imagine how particular aspects of and/or skills in communication may play important roles in an
imagined, post-university career.
To be more specific, this final assessment item will have you:
1) Propose an imagined career post-university;
2) Analyse how and why three core concepts and/or skills learned during T1 (any from
weeks 2 -12) would be relevant to that career.
For instance: If you are thinking about working in a governmental position, you would
probably want to refer to keywords/ideas from ‘Constructing Good Arguments’,
‘Communicating for Influence,’ and ‘Professional Communication.’ This will
demonstrate how well you are able connect those terms and ideas with an imagined
Reminder of Key Concepts, Weeks 2-12:
Weeks 2-5: Interpersonal/face-to-face communication; models of communication; ‘messages,’
communication apprehension (its possible influence on choice of occupation?); language & its
meanings (denotative v. connotative meaning); argument: identifying claims & premises;
Weeks 6-9: mediated communication (from writing to digital technologies); ‘mass
communication;’ ‘the medium is the message;’ general non-verbal communication (eye contact,
touch, time, etc.); clothing/fashion as a language/messages; cultural pluralism; gender differences
in communication; compliance v. resistance.
Weeks 10-12: multiculturalism; individualism v. collectivism; majority v. minority culture;
persuasion; social expectations; bureaucracy; workplace hierarchy; formal v. informal workplace
communication; intergenerational communication at work; social media; pros and cons of
various media for personal communication; identity and digital communication; presenting
2 | Page
What Kinds of Communication (on the job)?
Remember: we communicate in many different ways – face-to-face; casually or within
professional hierarchies; and through the many forms of mediated communication (writing to
digital technologies). Please think through which means of communication would be used in the
job you are writing about.
Think also about your personality and likes and dislikes in terms of communication. Are you
attracted to a particular job because it allows for a lot of interaction with people and, therefore, a
lot of face-to-face communication with others? Or are you attracted to the career because it
allows you to work independently through mediated communication?
In recent years both professors/lecturers and university administrators have noticed that
students want to see more clearly how their studies align with their goals in the post-uni job
market. This assignment was designed with this observation in mind.
This is a practical exercise because it asks you to reflect on how your newly acquired knowledge
about communication might come in handy for various types of jobs. It also allows you to
connect more personally and directly with the content because this assignment will have you
think about what kinds of communication you would feel most comfortable with on-the-job. For
instance, are you someone who wants to work more independently and quietly and focus on
written and digital communication? Or, are you an outgoing person who thrives on giving
presentations and lots of face-to-face communication? The ‘communication environments’ of
particular jobs are important things to consider when thinking about your post-university
careers. This creative exercise allows you to explore that.
This project will require you to do a little bit of research on the type of job you are writing about.
However, it is expected that your references to “communication terms” will come from the
assigned textbook and readings. Think of this as a take-home exam in the sense that we want to
see how you can apply what you’ve learned through the readings and lectures.
The main thing you will need to look for is information about the job you are interested in, so
you can better describe it in the paper and, of course, show which aspects of communication
would likely be necessary to this kind of job.
So, while the terms and ideas about communication should come from your weekly readings
(textbook & digital), you will need to do some research about the job you have in mind. For
instance, to write about what communication skills you would need as a future history museum
curator, you will need to do some research about what a person in that kind of job does. Due to
the information you are looking for, you will not necessarily be referencing peer-reviewed journal
articles or other academic sources (though you may…). This means that any relevant sources you
find through the library database or Google are acceptable for this assignment. YouTube clips
that help you understand the nature of a particular job are also appropriate sources in this case.
3 | Page
IMPORTANT: Failure to reference the textbook and assigned readings per your selected
course topics will result in an automatic fail grade, as this does not show any engagement with
the assigned course readings (our terms and ideas come from those readings).
We have provided a list of possible careers/jobs that HLSS graduates have gone for in the past
(see list below). This should be useful to those of you who are still not sure about what you
would want to do after you graduate.
ORGANIZATION OF PAPER:
1) INTRODUCTION: A description of the career itself and an overview of what aspects of
communication are used in this career. This is where you want to reflect on why this type of
work and ‘communication environment’ are appealing to you and fit your personality.
2) BODY: This will be comprised of three sections that each address a topic of communication
discussed each week this semester. You will describe how you think each of these three aspects
of communication play a role in this career. It would be smart to use some keywords or ideas
from these particular weeks’ readings to help support your claims and premises.
3) CONCLUSION: Wrap-up with some final thoughts about how this profession utilizes
communication and why these aspects of the job would be appealing to you.
A NOTE ON STYLE: Because you are writing about yourself and what you’d like to do in the
future, it is perfectly appropriate to use first-person voice (i.e., make ‘I..’ statements). In fact, this
paper would be strange to read if you wrote it all in a detached, third-person voice!
Please see the marking rubric for this assignment to see how you will be marked. Use this as a
‘checklist’ when you are going through your paper draft to make sure you are addressing all that
is being requested of you for this paper.
4 | Page
Examples of Careers:
advertising account executive
human relations Staff
staff for local MP
political campaign organizer
online entrepreneur (any kind)
small business owner (any kind of business)
public relations staff (any kind of company)
professional writer (fiction or non-fiction)
research staff for a museum (history, art, etc.)
youth outreach worker
editor for publishing house
teacher (any level)
high school career counsellor
social media consultant (advising businesses how to use social media)
public relations executive
foreign service officer (working for the Australia government overseas)
consumer/customer relations staffer
professional blogger (any topic: food, travel, music, etc.)
ABC radio host, writer, or staff member
rural outreach worker
human rights officer
archivist (for museums and other organizations)
Talent scout/casting (film & TV)
Auction house staff
events organizer (music festival, film festivals, etc.)
non-profit organization staff (Amnesty International, etc.)
Tour guide (historic sites)
Communication Skills in the Teaching Profession
Communication is essential in any career field. It is through communication skills that
employees, employers, clients, and colleagues are able to execute the important process of
sharing and exchanging ideas, thoughts and other forms of information (DeFleur & Dennis,
2002). Communication skills are crucial more so in the teaching profession. Communication is
the center of the teaching profession, where teachers inevitably have to engage in a form of
communication on a routine basis, with the students, colleagues, administrators, and parents.
Teaching as a profession is a specialized practice that entails the application of knowledge, skills,
and attributes in order to achieve the educational requirements set for individual learners and the
society in general. It is the professional mandate of the teacher to ensure that learners, through
the educational curriculum meet the educational goals set by educational experts besides
nurturing the development of positive self-concepts in students. The role of the teacher is based
on the direct interaction with learners, a process that requires effective communication skills to
or ORDER A CUSTOM PAPER