Organizational Communication

THE LITTLE KID’S PLAN

With just 6 months to stay in college, there comes a point when innocent moments such as this flashes back in your mind:

"I want to be a business woman."

On my pre-school graduation, each one in our class was asked to stand on the stage and tell the audience what we want to be in the future: a doctor, a teacher, an architect, a nurse, an engineer, a seaman, a scientist.

Back then, I just wanted to be rich without having to take civil service examinations or board exams. With that in mind, I chose to tell everyone that I wanted to be a  business woman. I want to be my own boss.

… BUT THINGS JUST HAPPEN.

You guys may expect that the kid would take up Business Management, Accountancy, or Marketing in college. But NO.  She took up BA Organizational Communication.

Seriously, at the age of 5 or 6, who would ever want to be an Organizational Communicologist? Heck. Do the kids even know that there is such a thing called Organizational Communication?

Then a schoolmate introduced the course to me.  Although I was choosing over Accountancy and Communication Arts back then, and since I still have that the-easy-way-to-go thinking, I chose to pursue BA ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION in UP Manila.

But it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

“ERRR, I’M TAKING UP ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION.”

So before you ask, I’ll try my best to tell (and describe) you about Organizational Communication, or as we call it, ORCOM. There are different paths that we usually take when describing it.

  1. To random strangers, relatives, high school friends and teachers who just asked what OrCom is: It is not mass comm or comm arts. It is more like business or corporate communication.
  2. To senior high school students (and their moms) who we convince to take up OrCom: It will give you different fields to choose from and professions to pursue after college. You can be in Public Relations, Advertising, Corporate Communication, Law, Education, Marketing, Publication and Print, and even in Broadcast Media. You won’t have to worry what job you’ll land on in the future, simply because every organization needs to communicate to succeed. ORCOMMUNICOLOGISTS make that possible.
  3. To OrCom freshies who we convince to stay in the degree program:  Keep calm and carry on. You haven’t experienced everything yet. With courses in interpersonal (OC104) and intercultural communication (OC107), argumentation (SPCOM133), dynamics of public relations (OC105), audio-visual communication (SPCOM183), conference leadership and group discussion (SPCOM137), communication trends and styles (OC152), etc., we can assure you that ORCOM is always about WORK + FUN!
  4. To OrCom professors and our parents who ask (or test) us what OrCom is for us now: Honestly Sir/Ma’am, the more I know and experience it, the more I don’t know how to describe it in words. Besides, coming from the words of a professor, “Scholars say that OrCom doesn’t need to be defined.” I think, OrCom is better experienced than defined.

So, if you are curious to know why I stayed, or whether I love OrCom or not, here goes the cheesy part:

Taking up BA Organizational Communication in UP Manila was one of the best decisions I made. The skills, talents, experiences and unsure plans I had when I was a kid all made sense when I took up OrCom. I find every reason to love it more with every single day I spend with it.

I guess that when you just love something/someone so much, you just can’t explain why.

NOTE: If you can’t take this cheesy description of OrCom, you better read this.

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