Communication: TESTIMONIAL

Demonstrate effective and positive communication and social skills.

You can demonstrate your communication through:

  • Recognizing non-verbal communication cues in yourself and others, including tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and use of hands
  • Respectfully considering the ideas, thoughts and feelings of others through listening, reading, and viewing
  • Knowing and asking for what you want in a reasonable and specific way
  • Clearly expressing your ideas, thoughts and feelings through speaking, listening, writing, reading, viewing and other ways of representing
  • Communicating clearly and confidently in public
  • Recognizing and respecting that there are many languages used in Canada
  • Continuously improving and refining English and/or French language skills
  • Communicating respectfully and effectively across linguistic and cultural differences
  • Recognizing the advantages of being multi-lingual, continuing to practice languages to stay fluent
  • Communicating using different forms of media
  • Tailoring communication, considering your purpose and audience
  • Recognizing that accepted terminology shifts over time

When Yara first entered university, she planned to get a degree in English literature and history, thinking that eventually she might teach those subjects in high school. As a young child, Yara had loved learning about people and telling their stories. In university, Yara became involved with the Student Union and soon became the media liaison, writing press releases and being interviewed.

As Yara reflects on what she most enjoys, she realizes that she prefers being in the midst of today’s action rather than reading and discussing English literature or studying historical events. She is fascinated with the work that her media contacts are doing and begins asking them more about how they got into it. Yara switches one of her minors to journalism. Doing this opens up a second option after she completes her bachelor’s degree – she could either move on to a BEd to become a teacher or apply for a master’s in journalism to prepare for a media career.