ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (UP MANILA)
I got an invitation from my previous school to talk about my experiences as a “University Scholar”. The invite was very timely because in a few months I am about to graduate and leave the premises of UP Manila. It will be a good opportunity for me to inspire young students of my experiences as an Orcommunicologist and (hopefully) encourage them to take a similar path.
Originally, I applied for Speech Pathology followed by Organizational Communication in UP Manila but due to tight competition in the quota process of Speech Pathology, I passed Orcom. When I took the course, I barely have an idea about it. All I know is that I am good in interpersonal communication and I also have a good personality that makes it easy for others to converse with me. My worry lies on my speaking and writing skills. I know I am not a good writer as well as a good public speaker. I may have a few frustrations at the onset of the course but with the help and guidance of my Orcom mentors and Orcom friends, I gained the skills needed to survive in this battle.
For those of you who wanted to know more about Orcom, Alps Aguado, an Orcom alumnus, blogged about its nature and all the things you need to learn about the course.
What is BA Organizational Communication (OrCom)?
It is an undergraduate degree offered in two big universities in the Philippines: De La Salle University Manila and The University o f the Philippines Manila. The latter was the first one to offer the course.
Dr. A. Sarile, the founder of the course in UP Manila, defines OrCom as the manner in which members of the organization analyze the communication situations within and outside the organization and select appropriate communication strategies that will contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.
The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive training on communication dynamics operating within organizations and companies today. The four-year curriculum leading to the degree focuses on organization-related communication skills in the effort to address the increasing demand for expertise in modern communication as related to organizations in the Philippines.
What are the things that I will learn in Organizational Communication?
The entire program has 7 umbrella courses.
- Organizational Communication and Management
- Introduction to Organizational Communication (OrCom 101)
- Introduction to Organizational Theories (OrCom 140)
- Communication Processes and Organizational Structures (OrCom 142)
- Approaches to Communication in Management (OrCom 143)
- Communication Trends and Styles (OrCom 152)
- Dynamics of Public Relations (OrCom 105)
- Levels of Communication
- Interpersonal Communication (OrCom 104)
- Intercultural Communication (OrCom 107)
- Language and Communication
- Introduction to the Study of Language (Linguistics 100)
- Psychology of Language and Communication (OrCom 143)
- Written Communication
- Technical Writing I (OrCom 109.1)
- Technical Writing II (OrCom 109.2)
- Oral Communication
- Forms of Public Address (Speech Communication 136)
- Argumentation and Debater (Speech Communication 133)
- Group Discussion and Conference Leadership (Speech Communication 137)
- Audio-Visual Communication (Speech Communication 183)
- Organizational Communication Research
- Organizational Communication Research (OrCom 199 and OrCom 200)
- Practicum (OrCom 180)
What are the job opportunities waiting for me upon earning a degree?
A degree in BA Organizational Communication will enable students to be employed in the following fields:
- Broadcast Media
- Communication Research
- Public Relations
- Corporate Communications
- Foreign Service
- Human Resource Development
- Sales and Marketing
- Knowledge Management
What is OrCom’s difference from Mass Communication or Broadcast Communication?
Organizational Communication focuses on the dynamics of communication inside and outside an organization; for example, communication within companies and communication from companies to other companies. Mass Communication, on the other hand, focuses on the dynamics of communication from a sender (news organization) to a receiver (the public).
Why should I choose OrCom?
- The industry today has a high demand of organizational communication practitioners. Only a selected few could have such degree so it is easier to find a job.
- There are a lot of industries OrCom graduates could go into.
- In corporations and businesses, one of the most highly paid departments the ones that have communication functions.
How could I enroll in the degree?
- Take the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test) sometime during August of a year. Choose Organizational Communication as your first degree choice under UP Manila as your first campus choice. Alternatively, you can at least choose the program and the campus as one of your 4 choices (2 degrees per campus; 2 possible campuses).
- If you are already enrolled in UP Manila, you can apply as a shiftee. You should have a satisfactory GWA in order to be accepted since the degree has the biggest number of applicants every year.
- If you are outside UP Manila (including other UP Campuses), you can apply as a transferee. Again, you should have a satisfactory GWA in order to be accepted since the degree has the biggest number of applicants every year.
Sources: Department of Arts and Communication and The Organizational Communication Society.
Choosing Orcom as my course in college will definitely be one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I hope you will also make the right decision. Simply put, Orcom is the best. :)