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Testimonials of AB in Communication Graduates from the Philippines

P. M.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletAbout my college education: My college education was so much fun because I have spent it in Saint Louis University Baguio City. SLU taught me to learn independently which I am very thankful for because I can work with very minimal supervision from my bosses in my workplace. Our mentors would leave us a topic to research and analyze, and we would usually discuss them in class. At first I was cynical, hesitant and skeptical about their strategy because I was used to the “spoonfeeding” technique that my high school teachers applied. They would always give us everything that is why when I met my professors, their methods really surprised me. Aside from that, I was also uncomfortable and unconfident to speak in front of my classmates. Not later did I realize that those techniques practiced and honed my critical thinking skills enriched my English communication proficiency and boosted my confidence and esteem. Moreover, SLU taught me to work with speed and good quality. Professors would set us deadlines which we should meet or else they would not accept our requirements anymore. At first, I thought that their rules in beating the deadline and screening thoroughly our requirements were tough and that they were pressuring us too much. I only recognized the importance of their strategies when I started working. My bosses expect from us both speed and quality which I deliver without so much effort because my professors already prepared me for those. I also acquired good interpersonal relations with other people because of many cooperative learning activities that my professors incorporated in their teaching methods which allowed us to discuss ideas and opinions with people of diverse culture (the students of SLU came from different parts of the Philippines and abroad) .

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as a lecturer in Cagayan State University-Carig Campus. I teach language and communication subjects.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I have learned many practical things from Saint Louis University but the one that really assisted me in my professional career is the one shared to us by one of our professors in one of our major subjects which is "Do it once, do it right". She would always tell her students that good opportunity may come only once so we should try not to commit mistakes. She would always emphasize the importance of meeting deadlines and the submission of almost perfect requirements. Now that I'm working as a teacher, I am applying what I've learned from my professor. I can say that her mantra is effective because I got favorable results from the evaluation conducted by my supervisor and my students.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It only took me two months after graduation to land on a job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: I would recommend Bachelor of Arts in Communication in terms of employment opportunities because nowadays, with the rise of big local and foreign industries in the countries, the need for communicators to market those businesses and act as liaison officers also rise not to mention the booming demand for journalists and media practitioners not only in broadcast and print media but also in social media. Being in the media industry is fulfilling because it has lots of action. It is never boring. It pays high as well. Jacque Manabat who graduated from SLU is now a regular TV reporter in ABS-CBN just like Sol Abduraman who is working in GMA TV Network.
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C. A.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: Because I dreamed to be a news reporter someday. And also to become a radio disc jockey. I also chose this course so as to boost my self confidence more.

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying mass communication in SLU is very challenging knowing that all fields of media are taken up each semester. Yet it gave me the key in pursuing my studies more.

Patience is one of the requirements in finishing the course because a lot of times, the work we present could be rejected. Also discipline and perseverance will always be helpful in finishing my studies because it enabled me to be more dedicated and responsible.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently a beat reporter of RPN 9 Baguio radio station.
I do fresh news research and on-air reporting.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I learned how to properly write a news article for radio which I am doing now. Also, I am confident in getting news information and delivering it to the public which I currently put to practice nowadays.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me at least 6 months to get a job, due to the reason that I started to work as a Home-based English Tutor for 5 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Employment opportunities - yes, because mass communication offers a wide range of forms of media which could offer a lot of jobs for graduates.

Salary level - of course. Especially if they really present an excellent work, they could be promoted and be offered a higher salary.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Always be disciplined, because this would help you succeed and move towards your dreams in getting into the world of mass media.
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D. B.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Colegio De San Juan De Letran Calamba
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: I shifted from Marketing to AbComm. No particular reason for the program, thinking that it will be easy then I enjoyed every course I took.

list bulletAbout my college education: I can summarize my course as partly easy and enormously hard. You'll need a lot of patience and hard work of course. All the courses are equally important after graduating. Its just a matter on how will you use the gained knowledge.

list bulletMy current job: School Director/Student Counselor. Self employed. We have a school business and I have to attend and help my family with this.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: It is practical, however there's still a hunger for knowledge. I am still using what I learned in college. Organizational Communication, Community Communication, Dev Comm, Advertising, Photography and Film. The most interesting is Ethics in which we use everyday but we are unaware of it. Most especially the copyright law.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: My first job was in a BPO company. It took me three months after graduation. However, I am a freelance photographer and a layout artist so I have part time jobs while having the full time job. I also have a tshirt printing business which is having it's second year anniversary this 2014.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: The salary will depend on how hard you work. If you want to be employed or have a business of your own. Most of all it has a wide range of opportunities.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: AbComm is a good course with a wide variation of careers after graduation. It focuses mostly on media. If you are into radio, tv or print, it is a great course for you. It also has film and photography. All the basics and advanced courses will totally blow your mind while enjoyig.
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A. A.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Miriam College
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: At first, I did not really like the course and I was left with no choice because my mom wanted me to continue my studies in Miriam College but then after a year I found it very enjoyable and I became more confident in speaking in front of people. Taking up Bachelor of arts major in Communication requires interpersonal skills, good speaking skills, writing, hardwork and a lot of patience. Communication may seem to be an easy course but I think it is vital for you to master the art of communicating in different platforms because being good at it will give you a good foundation in whatever you want to do.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as a production manager for film, event coordinator and writer.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I believe so. Miriam College taught me not only the technical skills that you will learn through books and lectures but you will also learn how to deal with people. Being able to communicate well to others has a lot of perks because they would understand you better and they will know where all your views are coming from. I use techniques in Production Management and Event Coordination for what I do now.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Around 1 month after the summer vacation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: There are a lot of employment opportunities for Communication graduates since we are considered "jack of all trades". It will actually depend on the person on what industry she would like to take. It can be in Film, TV Production, Radio Production, Theater, Events Management, Advertising, Marketing and a lot more. There are a lot of interesting jobs that you could have and you can also get a lot of perks from working in these industries. Also, being a Communication graduate you could also have double jobs because you can handle and fix your own schedule (like what I currently do).

The salary level is pretty good depending on the career path you would take. You would still start with the basic salary but then after awhile it would be a lot more rewarding.
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K. M.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: I really wanted to enter the journalism industry and CommArts seemed to be the perfect course to take in the campus of my choice.

list bulletAbout my college education: At first, I thought it will be easy since I graduated as best in English. But then, on the later part of the course, things become more difficult and tedious. There are a lot of writing projects. Sometimes, professors will even ask you to audition and take part in plays in order to gain additional points, which sometimes, you will be forced to do because of your dire need to pass the subject. Or if not, you will be required to watch the play and make a thorough review about it.

Good oral and written communication skills is very important but at the same time, time management and discipline should also be observed. You have to be focused on your goals so that you will not be deterred by the boulders along the way.

list bulletMy current job: I am an advertising associate. Different companies outsource to our firm for their advertising and marketing campaigns.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. A lot of the things I have learned are very much applicable to my current job. Effective communication skills is one of them, and I think this is the most valuable among all.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 weeks.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: I highly recommend CommArts to those who really have passion for this field, otherwise, I don't. If you don't love writing or oral presentations and public speaking, then this course is not for you. Employment opportunities and salaries are great, specially if you came from a university like UPLB.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: CommArts is not for everyone. And being good in English is not enough to be good at CommArts. You also have to be good in Filipino as well. In addition to that, creativity and critical thinking is also very much needed in the course. Good luck! May you have a really great learning experience.
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I. S.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Trinity University Of Asia
◈ Graduated 2015

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: I am fond of writing essays, short stories and sometimes news articles when I was in high school. And I also love taking photos of different places for my blog account and now, also Instagram. I wish to pursue courses like Literature or Journalism, but with some advise from my parents, it was better for me to learn other things in the field of media as well, so that's why I took up communication arts.
My brother also studied at TUA and he told me that the communication arts program of TUA is good.

list bulletAbout my college education: AB Com focuses on organizational communication, advertising and public relations, and subjects like communication theories and basic journalism.

Comm Arts is a fun course, you can get to meet people here and learn things about politics, management and even current issues.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently a home-based web content writer and community manager, I write articles and manage the social media tools of a US-Based business. Sometimes, I do freelance photography work.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I have learned different and helpful writing techniques in my journalism subjects. I believe that helped me write articles and content more effectively than before.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was able to get this job two months after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Yes, AB Communication and Broadcasting are very flexible when it comes to employment opportunities. Most common misconception about this field is that they think we are limited to media alone. But we can also be useful in businesses such as corporate communications, HR and multimedia.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Just be passionate and work on your writing, technical subjects can be forgotten if you don't have the right tools to use for practicing. While writing can be practiced as long as you have a pen and paper, or laptop.
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K. L.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At University Of Perpetual Help System Laguna - Jonelta
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: During my high school days, I was actively participating in contests such as declamation, interpretative reading, news writing, and those which are in vein with communication. I also used to host a class event and even organized a school presentation. I was once part of the student council back then which introduced me to public speaking.

These experiences helped me know my career path and they made me decide easier on what course to take.

So I chose this program because my heart told me so and I knew that it could help me enhance my skills as well as my talents. It was also a great medium in achieving my goals and dreams in life.

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying communication is really exciting. Besides of knowing how vital it is in life, here I learn to socialize more to other people and to boost my self-esteem. Thanks to the production. When I hear the word production, I start to feel alive. My mind starts thinking of so many ideas on how to effectively run a production –from conceptualization to execution to the outcome. I never find it boring. Everything is so important that I need to memorize everything and this makes me creative. It isn’t also tedious because I have classmates who have same thoughts with me. And everyone is giving their opinions and helping each other.

In my course, you will know how to sell and advertise a product, write good news, know values and media ethics, direct a film and even science and mathematics. Isn’t that interesting?

First attitude everyone must possess is passion. You must love what you do. You must embrace all the subjects you take. I remember my teacher said once, “love your subject and it will love you back.” Second is the determination. Determination to study the lessons, to participate in any related activities and of course, to finish the course. If you don’t have this, you will choose to change course. Always put in mind that there’s no easy course/program in school. So if you are determined to graduate, you can do it. In this course, you must also know how to be patient. It cannot be avoided to have misunderstandings with your classmate even he is your friend. He’s not like you. You might want to work solo but if it requires a group, you can’t. Try to understand him and talk to him in a nice way.

It doesn’t mean that if you don’t have skills, you cannot take Communication. Skills can be acquired through the process. Like in the beginning, you’re not that good in public speaking. Eventually, you learn it with the help of classmates and professors. It doesn’t necessary also to be good in grammar at first because in the end of the course, everything is taught from the basics.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as a Creative Research assistant in one of the biggest and oldest film companies in Manila. Basically, my job is to review screenplays, as well as concepts, for films or for television series. I also suggest some scenes that I think will make the story more interesting.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I am grateful that I learn so many things in college which I use in my current job. One of these is how to critique/review a story which I learn in my English IV. I still remember the points or elements that need to be present in a story. With this, I could easily identify the part of the story that is needed to be developed.

The conceptualization of a story is a big help in my job. It is easy for me to formulate such stories that have potential to be put in film/TV series. Stages of production are also applied. From pre-prod, prod to post-prod. This is very vital in my job especially when we start to produce a film. Every part of film must undergo these stages to ensure it's quality. As a creative researcher, I could suggest strong scenes for the script which are heard and injected.

I also effectively used my skills I learned in organizing an event. I made the flow of the program and even scripts for the hosts. As an valuable team player, the event ended with outstanding success.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Before my graduation, I applied to various film production houses through e-mail. Fortunately, there was someone who replied to my e-mail after five to ten minutes. That night, he let me talk to his secretary for my schedule to come to his office for an initial interview. Thank God that I got hired after few interviews and less than a month, I started working in same company until now.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: I would strongly recommend this course to those aspiring media practitioners. There are lots of companies who are in need of employees especially those who are young and fresh graduates because of their willing to have a job and at the same time, they have new ideas which are in nowadays. In terms of salary level, it isn't that bad as what you think because in general, the salary level with this kind of job is a good start for a young professional. I believe that eventually it will increase based on your performance and how long you stay in the company.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice is never ever underestimate Communication. If you think it's easy, well you're wrong. Like what I said earlier, there's no such course as "easy course." You must prepare yourself from dealing with people around you. It's not only about intrapersonal communication but also interpersonal communication. Take note of these because you will encounter these such things and I promise to you, this isn't as simple as you imagine. But I say to you, things are going to be simple if you are a responsible communication student.

If you consider studying this program, I congratulate you. You will have so much fun in this. You will learn a lot about the television and radio broadcasting, advertising, public relations, media management and such. They are really interesting and even more if you love writing, speaking and working with other people.

Good luck!
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A. C.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At De La Salle University Manila
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: Communication Arts in general is very interesting because it's learning how you can communicate your idea via different media. This includes journalism, photography, film.

It was difficult at times because you have to have a concrete idea as to the message you'd want to convey but at the same time enjoyable, because you get to apply communication theories on your communication (ie. Noam Chomsky, agenda setting, hegemony in the current Philippine society, etc) . I'd safely say that if I had not gone University I won't be able to choose better for the elections. It really was an eye opener.

Challenging: yes. But challenge is always good. Because you have to squeeze out your knowledge thus far about the world, yourself, etc to be able to convey which particular type of message or idea you want to present come thesis. You'd feel like you never knew anything but that's alright because everyone feels the same way, being young and not necessarily having all the experiences required to make a good story. The important thing I had realized though was to concentrate on a central idea of the message. Keep it in 1 sentence and try to tell adequately with whatever media you choose for your thesis.

Skills beneficial for this course:
Being a good storyteller is definitely a plus because it is the field of communication. Also, (this was not taught to us) but being able to generate ideas to convey in a message. Clarity in the message. Focus & brevity in your message.
Other skills: Interpersonal, creativity, patience, resilience, hard work, passion.

list bulletMy current job: Digital Art Director

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. Very much. As I said, during the course of my university years, I had learned theories, practical process in our society that eventually proved beneficial to my life, ie. choosing candidates better, and choosing which media to believe or consume. It is empowering.

Mostly what people least expect to learn from Communication Arts is the ability to think critically. I think critical thinking that is in context is the best asset I had gained in my college years.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Very quickly. Having graduated from the Top 3 schools does give an advantage in employment.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Yes, you are free to choose which field of specialization you want, whether it is for Photography, Journalism, Film, Writing.

I think in terms of career, there are endless possibilities having graduated from a reputable University. It's essentially your choice after college which path you want.

Salary Level for Communication Arts majors doesn't have the most competitive pricing. This is the reason why I had taken a business course, closely related to it, which is BSC Advertising Management. But this is to say, again, it depends on the person whether you will demand a high paying job after graduation, which you can, having graduated from a reputable university.
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M. A.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Colegio De San Juan De Letran - Calamba
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: I love arts! From drawing, designing graphics, writing novels and techincal stuff.

list bulletAbout my college education: Fun, challenging and exciting!

Skills may vary but you must: know how to write creatively and technically, drawing is a plus but not necessary, acting (because we have film and theater class), managing, organizing/mobilizing people, public speaking skills (in English) is a must because we speak a lot in reports and assignments!

Attitude is: be ready for anything! The course is so complex and it is "jack of all trades" so just be ready for anything. Be ready for new reporting, be ready for advertising, be ready for film, be ready for theater! Take it as a challenge and you will succeed!

list bulletMy current job: I am an English Teacher now in Japan. This is my second job and I am very thankful for my professors who served as my references!

My first job was being an Executive Assistant to CEO of a company in Makati and as the same time a Marketing Assistant of the same company.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I used what I've learned. PERIOD. In my past job, I did so much graphic design because of being a Marketing Assistant. I learned to use In Design in my college year and it was something I need in my job! As an Executive assistant, I used the right "communication". And I know how important it is.

Now that I am an English teacher, I realized how important our speech class is! and all those non-verbal communication (because obviously, Japanese kids don't know English). Also, my course helped me a lot to have confidence in speaking and writing in English.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Yes! I don't believe there is a shortage of jobs in the Philippines. There are only shortage of people who don't want to start low and look for a job! There are a lot of opportunities for a Communication Graduate. In fact, I shifted from Marketing/secretarial to teaching and there's not a single problem.

Aaaaaaah, salary! I started with minimum wage and in 2 years, my salary increased. Don't worry about the pay first! Just do the job, have some experience and enjoy! The salary is always LOW for ENTRY level jobs. That's the reality. Just go with it. If the job is not worth it anymore, find another one and I'm sure it will be higher because you have your experience. Well done!

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice is, just enjoy it! There are a lot of people who don't know what to take in college and I am very thankful, I know I want this course. There are a lot of things that happened that are not funny and boring (like news class!) but enjoy every bits of it! As a famous cliche said, "happiness is a choice". Chose to enjoy.
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K. D.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At University Of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying Communication Arts was very interesting and enjoyable for me because there were so many channels to express my creativity and deepen my love for the arts. I was immersed to different fields and garnered adequate skills and valuable experiences in each one, making me a very well-rounded communications practitioner after graduating.

Back in High School, my favorite subjects were my English classes where I got to write a bunch of stuff and learn about great writers and their works. My journalism and literature classes in University of Santo Tomas (UST) did not disappoint as I was able to greatly improve both my creative and technical writing skills and read a lot of literary classics and got inspired by their authors.

But that was only the beginning: aside from learning how to write great copy for marketing materials, I also learned how to plan integrated marketing campaigns through our marketing communication classes, had equal experiences in being on-cam and working behind the camera and the studio in our media production classes, wrote scripts and acted on different short films through our film classes, became abreast in utilizing tri-media channels in building brands in our advertising classes, learned how to implement advertising strategies for free in our public relations classes, and learned how to take almost professional-quality photographs in our photography classes.

The challenging part was always to deliver excellent projects/requirements for different classes with similar deadline dates. Usually we had 2-3 different projects from different classes we had to submit per week. Although difficult, I believe the experience has taught me how to handle and overcome stress and pressure and deliver quality and timely outputs.

The fun part is many of the projects are group projects - meaning you would have to spend a lot of time with your friends and classmates. I remember we would always hangout in the university parks studying together, going to the library and researching together, shooting documentaries in different locations, sleeping over to write the thesis, etc. One part of my college life that I will always treasure are the bonds I’ve made with my friends which were formed all thanks to my university.

To do well studying Communication Arts, you have to be creative, expressive, determined, the ability to multi-task, develop your critical thinking, have good interpersonal communication skills, and at the end of the day, you just have to love and enjoy what you are doing.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently a Communications Officer for the Philippine Government’s lead agency that develops, implements and coordinates social protection and poverty reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. Among my responsibilities include overseeing the Social Marketing component of seventeen regional offices nationwide, drafting project proposals, writing press releases, feature stories, talking points, clarification letters, fact sheets, web content, frequently asked questions (FAQs), scripts, advertorials, staging and documenting events, etc.

Before, I was an Advocacy Officer for a non-government organization promoting Fair Trade in the country and a Marketing Communication Specialist for a below-the-line advertising agency.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The communication skills I’ve learned over my 4-years at the university have helped me get jobs, perform well in my work and advance my professional career. I am proud to say that the university has molded me to become a versatile and well-rounded communications practitioner able to excel in different communication fields. The communication skills are already there, what I aim to do is enhance these skills in my profession for personal and career growth.

My creative and technical writing skills have always been at the forefront of my communications skills set and have been my selling point to hiring companies. I use my skills in marketing, advertising and public relations anywhere I go to plan and implement campaigns and stage events. My visual skills in photography has been frequently recognized in terms of documenting purposes.

I guess learning a lot of things in college also helped me to become easily adaptable to working environments and new skills. In my professional career, I’ve learned how to develop and maintain a website, become a graphic artist, a video editor and animator among others.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduating, I felt like taking some time off to rest a little and enjoy the summer before going job hunting. It took me two months to get my first job. I graduated in April, started looking for a job in July and got a job in September.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: There are a lot of employment opportunities out there for a Communication Arts graduate. You have a rich communications skill set that can be beneficial in the fields of marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, media, etc. What matters is you pursue the career you really want. If you want to be a future news anchor, go for it. If you want to be a copywriter for a global advertising agency, go for it. The point is with your education: YOU CAN.

Salary is always commensurate to the skills and experience you have. You may not get that high-paying dream job of yours in your first crack at job hunting, but working your way up and developing your skills along the way will definitely pay dividends in the future, career and salary-wise.
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D. M.
◈ Studied BA Communication Arts (Major in Writing, Minors in Speech Communication and Theater Arts) (slightly different course)
◈ At University Of The Philippines - Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose : Having been inclined in the written and spoken English and Filipino media of communication, I decided to take up the course that I thought would harness my raw potential into a completely trained skill. This bachelor's degree has an extensive curriculum that will fully transform a budding communication enthusiast into an expert communicator.

list bulletAbout my college education: Hailed as the premier and flagship national University, it is but logical to surmise that BA Comm Arts in UPLB is a difficult degree to finish. The curriculum is in-depth and all-encompassing when it comes to the field of communications.

It is also important to note that despite the difficulty level of this course, it can be hurdled. Every aspiring UPLB Comm Arts student must equip themselves with proper mixture of wit, hardwork, diligence and resourcefulness.

list bulletMy current job: I am a graduating Juris Doctor student from a reputable law school in the Philippines and a paralegal for a commercial law firm.

I chose to teach in a preparatory school right after college before finally deciding to enter law school a year subsequent to graduation.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes! I was able to use some of what I learned. Honestly, we were not only trained academically in UPLB. The academe also trained us on how to deal with the real world. When a UP student graduates, expect that he or she is a well-rounded person because of his or her training background from the institution.

list bulletDo I recommend studying : Employment opportunity are great when you finish BA Comm Arts in UPLB. You can immediately jump-start your career as a communicator when you graduate. You can also pursue further studies like law.

Although salary level is pretty much the same with what is given to fresh graduates from other schools, well, chances of promotion is great when you are a UP product. As you know, folks, promotion means salary increase.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Pursue your dreams in UPLB with this degree. There are a lot of open doors that will invite you in once you finish the course.
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K. W.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At University Of The Philippines Baguio
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout my college education: I was frantic as the frigid air that has been sweeeping my warm cheeks for sometime now became just normal. I arrived in Baguio weeks before the enrolment, and I was thinking how prepared I am now for the upcoming journey. I was able to initially adjust to the cold weather, and also to the new faces around.
This was my choice, and here I am now, at the pedestal of the famed Oble.

The interesting thing about Communication Arts is that it brings out something in you that is creative, and at the same time objective. The part where you scholarly investigate a place or even a person for a specific, academic purpose is something that wakes up your curiousity of the real world. It's difficult, yes, and even dangerous at times, but that is actually the point of taking this course. You explore, then you discover, then you think and process everything through your mind. It is a combination of interpersonal and logical skiils, along with good decision making and unprecedented hard work. It is an experience of gradual delectation as you weave through the remarkable maze of Journalism. At first, challenges come at its fullest, however as you push forward, it becomes more and more familiar thus awarding you with immeasurable gratification. The base of this course is that you act and react to serve the people you are with, or confronted with. It is a learning process, of being able to atone the information needs of the society and its people, your people.

list bulletMy current job: English Teacher

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Speaking of practicality is usually not the topic that is fair with this course. Communication Arts itself is a wide array of seeemingly "sub-courses" that you can choose from depending on your specific set of skills. It is a degree that requires you to basically start from the bottom up. Compared to technical courses, people who stay under the umbrella of Mass Media looks for ways to improve, and move on with their careers. Work itself serves as a motivation to keep trying to reach the top. As of the current, working as a teacher serves me well, because the foundations of this career has been entirely grasped by my course. Me as a product of years and years of training in speech, writing and research blends well with the surrounding I am into now. I have become someone who is capable of handling conversations well with ease, someone who is able to write better, even persuade readers, and someone who is good at listening to other people, and responding in a way that is, comforting and satisfying.
I am using my course not only to earn money, but also to earn people.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was already working even before I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Honestly speaking, having a degree, and a major that is related to the Mass media offers a lot of opportunities. It is a course that is often regarded by a lot of people as boring, or moreover, not even practical. Nevertheless, we should take into consideration the fact that Journalism is not a linear course, which means that graduates tend to have options, or say branches of work possibilities. For instance, individuals who majored in Broadcasting, can specifically fulfill the path of television anchoring, program hosting, and other connected jobs. On the other hand, Speech majors can basically cover all that has to do with communication-related workloads. The point here is that whether it's broadcast, or print media, a person who has a degree in Communication Arts has the ability to cope and adapt to the environment around and subsequently find a suitable job.
Lastly, the idea of getting a high salary is actually dependent on the job you are wishing to get. Having this kind of educational background usually requires you to persevere at first, and then gradually reach that projected monthly income. It is not an easy course, but the fulfillment of this is that it is the only line of work that directly serves the people. It comes as a form of public exposure, and with that a chance of being recognized by the audience watching, reading or listening.
Yet still, whatever the case may be, the decision always lies inside you, because that one always knows what you utterly like regardless of the expected salary or employment potential.

You should choose what you think suits your talent or style, then
go get a hold of your track to success.
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M. M.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At University Of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: I wanted to become a lawyer when I was a child but when I was in high school, I was excelling in writing and debate. I also liked watching television series like Friends and Gossip Girl. At that time, Korean series started to bloom, so I tried watching it as well. Upon entering college, I told myself that I want to pursue writing and become a producer of a great show, thus, putting aside my dream of becoming a lawyer. Then it led me to Communication Arts.

list bulletAbout my college education: Communication Arts (CA) is a course that requires you to be sociable and wise at the same time because of the fact that most of your projects are done as a group or as class. People would say that, “Ah CA LANG YAN!” but no, you will realize that upon learning the aspects of Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and TV and Radio Production that it is not easy and it requires your full understanding of your audience. You will realize as well how powerful media could be. Remember, you are a media practitioner who can change someone’s perception and can influence change in someone’s behavior.

You will experience a lot of sleepless nights, most especially during your junior and senior year! You will endlessly make research for your advertising, marketing and public relations plans. You will overcome your shyness when you ask people to be your guest in your TV production classes, budget your money for a short film project and you will as well experience teaching your professors some dance steps for your theater class.

Communication Arts will teach you how to handle yourself in times of great pressure. It will teach you to unleash all the potentials that you can offer. It will surely teach you think outside the box but importantly to be outside the box. In CA, you will become the best you

list bulletMy current job: I just graduated last March 2014 and I am not working because I will take up law in UST as well. As I mentioned a while ago, I wanted to become a lawyer as a kid but then it was set aside, but then through my media law professor I was motivated again to pursue this dream of mine. And during an interview for a conference that I attended last February, the interviewer asked me where do I see myself 4 to 5 years from now and I instantly answered “I see myself finishing my law degrees and practicing law but at the same time I also want someday to produce a legal show that can help a lot of people have a better gauge regarding our legal system.” So at the end of it, I want to combine both my knowledge in communication and law. I want to see myself incorporating everything I learned and hopefully in the future I can wake up every day with a heart full of love for the career paths I chose.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I gave myself a month to think if I should work or go to law school. I then decided to take the law entrance exams and to try applying to some jobs via jobstreet. I submitted my resume to some companies during the first week of May 2014. After 3 days I got text from a company me telling that I am qualified for an exam and panel interview with the company and after the interview they immediately offered me the job! But then, I decided to turn it down due to some personal reasons. At the moment, I am waiting for an interview to another company where I can become one of their writers, I finished taking their exams and I hoping that I could get in and be one of their part time writers!

Being a Thomasian is actually an edge when you are looking for a job. I believe employers have strong confidence in you when you are a UST graduate.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Explore what you can do with your strengths and weaknesses. Remember that you can do great things with your talents and skills. Do not be afraid to take the little leap of faith. CA will give you a lot of options that you will discover yourself while taking up the course. Use this tool to make yourself the best! Look for your passion and use it as your life’s greatest position.

You should also remember that reading is important. Train yourselves to read every reading that your professors would assign because this will give you more knowledge and understanding of media.

Always study your lessons and enjoy the learning that the course is giving to you.
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G. R.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletAbout my college education: As a student, the most interesting about going into Mass Communication course is the variety of the things and subjects we had to take. News paper production, Magazine production, different video productions (documentary, film and news) , radio and television broadcast, advertising, marketing --- these to name a few. It was all enjoyable, challenging and difficult at the same time. Enjoyable, because, (if these are the sorts of things you would like to do) it was a pleasure not to learn all these theoretically but, most of it are learned through experience and hands on. It’s also challenging and difficult, because as all school works, everything is equivalent to a numerical value – grades. And to get a passing one for that matter, we needed to exert a lot of effort physically and mentally and had to give up lots of sleep, personal money and time.

There are also set of skills one must necessarily have in able to succeed or come out of this course alive. First, of course is communication skills, you should know how to speak your mind, and also listen at the same time. Second you should have great people skills. You should know how to interact with other people. People skill is very important in this course since you will be challenged to go out and meet people with different status in life. Third, you have to be creative and dynamic, communication itself is a very dynamic idea so as a student or communication practitioner one must be able to adapt to it. And fourth, logical and critical skill, a media practitioner cannot just go out there without common sense

list bulletMy current job: I work online as a marketing/virtual assistant.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I think so, though there was always that constant reminder that what we learn from school is just a very small glimpse of what we will be experiencing – I realized it was true, but at least I was still quite equipped. Now, I believe I’m able to do my job responsibilities – big credits to my university education. To name a few of the things that I’m using are advertising, journalism, communication skills, video production, writing and especially marketing as I am currently working for a marketing company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was actually able to land a full time job even before I graduate.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Being a Communication graduate, gives someone so many avenues. You could go into advertising, broadcast or print media, film making, marketing and journalism to name a few. Though I admit as starter the salary level may not be rewarding compared to others – but I think what matters is that you love what you do. If one really has the passion for it and if he or she can really visualize himself/ herself happy, fulfilled and satisfied doing this sort of things, I would,without doubt, recommend it.
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K. P.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Ateneo De Manila University
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: The Communication program of the Ateneo de Manila was certainly interesting and allowed its students to learn with utmost flexibility in terms of personal niche or interest. Given that Communication is a broad field encompassing various industries, the program was divided into four sub-programs or tracks: Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Production, and Media Studies.

The first year of the program was dedicated to general studies such as basic Mathematics, Sciences, and so on. By their entry to the second year of the program, Communication students are tasked to choose their tracks of specialty, which will determine their classes for the rest of the program. However, these tracks are flexible - should the student wish to change tracks, or perhaps mix two sub-programs together, he/she may do so provided that all pre-requisite classes and units are successfully attained.

The programs are definitely challenging but highly enjoyable. The students learned from top-notch professors who are industry experts, and were given many opportunities to experience their own fields firsthand. The Communication program is heavily slanted to practical learning, with its students creating their own manuscripts, advertising campaigns, and films catered to real-life clients under the supervision of their professors.

For this course, to be highly adept in writing and speaking is certainly an advantage. Students tend to be outspoken, outgoing, and creative.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Community Manager and Social Media Specialist for McCann Worldgroup Philippines.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Most of my practical and daily responsibilities were things that I needed to learn on-the-spot. Fortunately, like most companies, I received extensive training for the first few weeks of my early career.

What I greatly learned and used from my education are things that cannot be practically taught - determination, hard work, drive for excellence, and the courage to assert myself and go after my dreams.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I entered law school for two months after graduation. Succeeding that, it took me two months of active searching to finally land a job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: If you're looking for a stellar career in business that will rake in an enormous salary, this is not for you. Most of the graduates from this program continued on to pursue their passion. My batch mates are writers, advertising professionals, graphic designers, broadcast communicators, film and production associates, and so on.

However, if Communication is your passion and you are prioritizing a fulfilling, enjoyable career over a money-making corporate stint, the Ateneo de Manila Communication program will certainly open doors. We work with the top names in the industry and though our salary level is not outrageously high, we earn more than enough to get by.
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G. B.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: The reason why I took up/study this course is because I have a passion for writing, when I was in high school I found out that I have this calling when it comes to expressing myself through writing, don’t get me wrong but I can also do public speaking, it’s just writing comes first. :D

list bulletAbout my college education: It was fun, exciting, DIFFICULT and interesting, because in our course we literally don’t have a major, instead we have a general curriculum which let us do everything in the field of Mass Communication.

The skills and attitudes, first you should be persistent, patient, wise (not Stubborn) and always have a plan B, well to be frank, you need a lot of skills and attitudes that you get. You’re going to need it all.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently a freelance Feature writer.
I write about things in our life, around our surroundings, what excites us and what let’s us to stand up in our own feet everyday.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I can really say that I used all the learning in my College Life.
I implemented all the learning I have taken up when I was still studying, I sometimes use the techniques in writing news articles or scripts in order for me to create a good feature writing.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I started 1 month after my graduation

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Employment Opportunities is really a Big advantage when you graduate. There are lots of Communications company ready to hire article writers, literature graduates and reporters. Salary Level is low at start up but as you progress it increases as well

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Taking up this course it not EASY, real heart and passion is a must.
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C. M.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: It’s flexible, because this course can take you in a lot of job opportunities. In terms of TV broadcasting and advertisements. This generation is the best opportunity because of the worldwide broadcast in TV and Radios.

list bulletAbout my college education: Challenging, because all fields in mass communication of SLU are taken up. Each field has it's own difficulties yet it is very fun.

I can say that a mass communication student should be creative and
Imaginative in a way that his or her ideas should be unique. He should also be Patient, considering that professors don’t want mediocre projects.

list bulletMy current job: I am part of an Advertising Agency, I do a lot of photo editing for advertisements to be submitted.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Absolutely, the things I’ve learned in our advertising subject, like preparing a lot of creative juices in your mind in order to execute what you really want to show in your advertisements.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Three months after I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Great Career ahead of you. And the Salary level is average but may increase based on performance level.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Sleep a lot if you have time. As a media practitioner (in the future) we are trained to work under pressure all the time. Often times, most of us are on-call and we cannot just simply delay projects, there’s always a deadline.
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C. S.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At University Of The Philippines Mindanao
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: I hate Math. And I believe this is my strength. So I chose such.

list bulletAbout my college education: Subjects in Communication Arts are interesting (didn't make me feel boring); everyday was a chance to learn a lot of important things especially in dealing with people. It brought out the best in me too.

In order for you to finish BACA, you need loads of confidence. You have to talk and think more.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Government Employee.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: What I learned in college is useful in my workplace now. Communication is like what I said, a very basic part of our lives.

Well, most of the time I am the Emcee of the programs/events that our Local Government Unit hosts. I talk to the public: rich, poor, professionals or not. BACA taught me to be confident most of the time. That is why I am confident to face different people most of the time too.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me two months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: I fully recommend Bachelor Communication Arts to everyone! BACA is versatile, in other words, this course fits most of the job opportunities today. You can work anywhere if you have this degree: be it in corporations, malls, government, advertising companies, institutions/universities, non-government organizations, private firms, politics, etc. Where you can earn big amount of money!

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you love to unveil the science of communicating with people (which is the very basic part of our lives), then you should consider taking up this course. You will rediscover the beauty of things that you never took time to think of before.

Do not settle with mediocrity, flaunt all you've got. But never lose sight of your feet being on the ground. Lastly, do not forget to pray.
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E. J.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At De La Salle University- Lipa
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: I chose to study Communication Arts because I hate Mathematics back in high school and I thought that the only way to get rid of it is to take a course basically in relation to English or Arts. However, aside from escaping numbers, I really love writing and interacting with people especially through the different means of communication. I have realized that I took this course since it would be of great help to enhance my skills. I get to do the things that I love like photography and creative writing, I was exposed to the different realities of poverty and corruption by being involved with the help of mass media and for me, it really is a good thing especially nowadays where everyone else is a critic.

list bulletAbout my college education: I really learned a lot from Communication Arts, like video editing, shooting, writing scripts, broadcasting, etc. Aside from all those technical stuffs, Comm Arts taught me the essence of news and it's importance to our daily lives and of how media could help or sometimes destroy you.

The most difficult subjects of projects were really those which involved most of your time like shooting for a film, making a script and editing videos since these tasks are unpredictable and could not really be decided upon in an instant since it takes a lot of inspiration and hard work to be able to pull a good material.

The most enjoyable thing about this course is the experience and I think that I would have never really be who I am now if not for the experience. Communication Arts gave me that feeling of doing things for what you love and of being passionate about.

Honestly, passing the exams for me were not that difficult especially if you study, though some really fail or had to repeat certain subjects probably because they lack some inspiration or the drive to to do good.

list bulletMy current job: I never really applied for a job after graduation. I am currently a 3rd year Law School student at the same institution I graduated from.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: At present, I think I would not really recommend this course since employment opportunities are not really that vast, except if you really are good and you get absorbed by a company during your on-the-job training days.

Considering to some of my batch mates who are now working, I think that their salary is fine but not really good enough to save for the future.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Go for Communication Arts since through this course you will get to express yourself through ways you thought you could never be good at, may it be in writing, photography or film. Always strive hard for inspiration, think deep and of course, love what you are doing.
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J. M.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Communication: Because I like Literature and Writing, and this has helped me focus on improving my literature skills and writing skills, enabling me to achieve what I wanted.

list bulletAbout my college education: It was difficult and challenging for me, which has made me to set high standards for every work that I am doing. My past works are not that good and low quality but after learning so much from my lessons I learned how to be a Goal Setter.

You need Patience, Creativity. By having these two traits, you are ready to face rejection but still you will have the guts not to lose hope and make better improvements in order to pass the situation.

list bulletMy current job: Photographer/Emcee of Jc’s Catering and Events Planning.
I take pictures and I lead the whole program. I also manage how the program runs.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I used everything that I have learned in College. Our photography skills and correct way of taking pictures, public speaking, and PR lessons.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Roughly one year. It is very difficult to find the right kind of job you wanted specially when the salary is low.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Communication: Yes, for employment opportunities, the reason is that Filipinos are totally in to TVs and Radios and by knowing this we can maximize it and use them for ads and commercials.

Salary Level for me is a No, because not all graduates can get the high salary level and could get the pay they wanted.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Good luck and be sure that you really want it because it isn’t a walk in the park. Years of Hard Work, Effort and money are spent when you will study this kind of course. Be Sure to prioritize everything.
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