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📖 I am an internal communications manager at LinkedIn, and also working on a graduate degree in communications.
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One thing I'd like to add is that large companies have more opportunities for growth and movement. Early in your career, this is pretty important in case you change your mind or find another area of the business that excites you.

I figured out my career path--and my college majors--by figuring out where I feel like a true rockstar. What are the things I'm really good at, enjoyed doing, and others came to me for advice on. I was always a good writer, and enjoyed reading, even though I scoffed at being an English major, that's exactly what I decided to do. This paved the way for me to work in communications. You may feel that you are not in innately motivated by something, but if you narrow down where your talents lie, that could help you figure out your path.

Hi Brittany, I'm almost finished with a Masters in strategic communication myself; I have been doing an online program through Purdue University while working full-time in internal communications. I can tell you that on my team of 10, half have an MBA or masters in Comms. One important factor is additional work experience. A graduate degree does not compensate for practical on-the-job training in communications. I feel that I have learned some interesting tidbits from my program,
But aside from a pay bump down the road, I don't know that this degree has more value than the 8 years of experience I have in the field. In short, if you can afford to do the program, and you think it is interesting for you, go for it. But again, job experience is far more important in communications.

Oh, for what it's worth, I work at LinkedIn and we tell people to put their entire career history on their profile if it adds valuable color. I include my summer camp and preschool jobs on my profile. For a LinkedIn profile compared to a resume, you have the opportunity to tell more of a story about each of these jobs and connect them to the job that you'd like.

One rule of thumb is to keep college and high school jobs on your resume until you are about two years out of college. I started working at a preschool at 13, and though elementary education has nothing to do with my chosen career path, showing that I stayed with the same employer for five years was a testament to my determination and loyalty. You definitely want to include the experience that you have, and you could break your resume up into "relevant experience" and "additional experience."