Many students think that there is a
corresponding major for every career and that it is impossible to enter a
specific career field without having that corresponding major. This is a
myth. Of the thousands of job titles listed in the US Department of Labor’s
Dictionary of Occupational Titles, very few of them require a
specific academic undergraduate background. Employers are more concerned
with the person they are hiring, rather than the name of that
person’s major. Following are some suggestions from employers on how
to make your undergraduate experience marketable:
ADVICE FROM EMPLOYERS
As a freshman or sophomore, you may not
know what career(s) you might be interested in, but that shouldn’t
stop you from preparing for a career!
After reviewing the employer’s
suggestions above, click on this link to
see how you can start implementing some of these suggestions.
If you’ve been putting together
your portfolio, you’ve probably been doing a lot of thinking,
collecting information, and talking to people to help you clarify your
thoughts about potential majors and careers. Now it’s time to take a
quiz to see how much you’ve learned about this decision-making
Click here to take your quiz and to see how much you have learned about the
connection between majors and careers.
The choices you are making about your
major and potential careers are not cast in stone. By choosing a major you
are not making a decision about “what you will do for the rest of
your life.” Relax. At this point in your life you just need to decide
what you are interested in now and how you might like to apply this
knowledge in a career setting. The most important thing that you should be
developing from your undergraduate experience, of which your major is only
a part, are the skills and experience that you will need to be that
flexible and adaptable employee of the 21st century. You will continue to
change and grow as you encounter new situations and new experiences. Your
goals and the decisions you will be faced with will also consequently
change. Be flexible. You are just starting your life’s journey.
To summarize your journey through this
portfolio, click on this link to see how far you have already come.