Career Directions

We’re here to help you explore the different paths you might take in the next step of your journey. Whether you’re looking to become a digital marketing manager at one of Seattle’s iconic companies, or the leader of a nonprofit organization, we can help you get there.

Where Our Graduates Work

Graduates leave the program equipped with the skills, experience, and network needed to advance their careers. They pursue a variety of roles across sectors throughout the communications industry, including many high-impact organizations.

Infographic of Class of 2021Career Outcomes. 39 percent work in tech, 17 percent work at agencies, 10 percent work in Media or Entertainment, 9 percent work in education, 7 percent work in healthcare.

Graduate Testimonials

Hear directly from our graduates about their experience in the Communication Leadership program and how it’s helped them pursue new paths.

DEREK BELT

Content Manager
Amazon Web Services

“As a former newspaper reporter, when I first started the program I was looking for that natural next step in my career and MCDM spoke to me on so many levels. I knew I still wanted to tell stories, but I needed to learn how to do that in a totally different way. It was the ultimate learning experience, and I know that sandbox where I could try new things really helped me grow professionally.”

YATIANZHOU (CECI) WANG

Social and Innovation Team Account Executive
FleishmanHillard

“There are so many possibilities, and a variety of topics to explore within the program, if we step outside of our comfort zones. I came to the program right after I graduated from college in China. My instructors not only expanded my knowledge base, but also gave me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in managing U.S.-based social channels for brands. Using my new skillset, I was able to land internships at various corporations, and achieve other goals that I had never thought possible.”

Leslie Daniels

Seattle Youth Commission Coordinator
City of Seattle

“I entered Comm Lead with a collection of skill sets that didn’t naturally point to a specific job title. The synthesis of several classes, guest speaker insights, and faculty advice really helped me clarify my personal leadership style, hone my voice and pinpoint my career focus. Thanks to the Communication Leadership program, I am more skilled at working in teams to develop novel and useful ways to engage the youth voice on policy issues that are then elevated to City government officials.”

Joe Hunich

Communications Specialist
Greater Tacoma Community Foundations

“Prior to enrolling in the Communication Leadership program, all my professional experience was in the education field. [After graduating] I was able to leverage my MCCN skills to land a job where I get to be involved in all kinds of community building work in my own hometown. I learned a lot from the way my colleagues and instructors modeled creativity, leadership, and friendship.”

CASSANDRA SCHWARTZ

Product Marketing Manager
Xinova

“Every class is an opportunity for you to push yourself to try something that is outside of your expertise and comfort zone. When I applied I was a communication manager at Microsoft. I was able to leverage my understanding of communities and networks to land my first job in product marketing at a small software company. Now I lead product marketing at a company called Xinova, which works with multinational companies to solve major problems through innovation.”