One class I wish I had taken in college was 'Work Gossip 101'. While this class probably does not exist, it should. I no longer work business communications an office setting, but I remember the damage of idle gossip very clearly.
E-mail is often the first communication that one has with a potential client or business associate. It is still very true that first impressions are the most important. If you had a meeting with someone whose clothes were dirty and torn, had messy hair and provided you with inaccurate product information, you probably wouldn't end up doing business with them. Yet, every day, this same "unkemptness" appears in business two way radios.
Then I was looking at Prudential qualifications they wanted students that have communications in business skills. They wants student who know how to speak well in front potential customers.
Do you want a touch screen or keyboard- Touch screens are popular these days. Everyone seems to be going down this path after the popularity of the iPhone. The BlackBerry Storm is a distant memory but they are reentering the fray with the Blackberry Torch. The BlackBerry Torch has the best of both worlds though when it comes to smart phone technology. It has a touch screen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Many people prefer a business comms that has a full keyboard, especially if they are using their mobile handset to send out a lot of emails.
There are very few young graphic designers that have such a good combination of skills and awareness to be successful right out of the gate. Having a graphic design degree is a great accomplishment and many employers will weigh more heavily on the fact that you have a certificate compared to someone else. You still need a strong portfolio but having a graphic design degree technology in communications under your belt will be impressive.
TalkSwitch Ts-600: A reasonably priced phone if you're looking for something to get done. I love the design on this one. I has a context menu, as well as Softkey access to TalkSwitch features. Also includes headset jacks.