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Majors are Minor

Majors are Minor

I’m about to graduate and I think I chose the wrong major. Help! 

Don’t freak out! It’s not the end of the world. The truth is, no one has a clue what they want to do when they’re 18, 25, or 50 for that matter. For those who think they do, chances are they’re probably wrong (I know I was!).

In the real world, it doesn’t matter what your major was or what your degree is in. There are exceptions of course, however, generally speaking, experience trumps education. I’ve met English majors who went into business, and engineers who became entrepreneurs. My major was marketing- and now I’m a writer!

So, what do I do in the meantime?

Focus on what you do know instead of what you don’t. I know you thought those general education classes were a waste of time, but the powers at be knew a thing or two by making you take them. No matter what your concentration is, you’ve picked up basic skills, (and most importantly) how to learn anything. Make a list of those basic skills you picked up along the way (like time management and MS Office), in addition to your unique skills and experiences.  

Next, think about what excites you. Search for jobs in a field that interests you, or at a company you’d die to work at. You would be surprised at how many entry-level jobs require skills you already possess! And remember, you don’t have to meet all the job requirements to be considered for the position. The list of qualifications on job descriptions are a company’s wish list. Some skills are a must, and others are nice to have. So, shoot for the moon!

 Finally, collect the connections you’ve made in the last four (or five) years and see who can help you get to where you want to go. List your professors, advisors- even your sorority sister’s dad! If all else fails, Google what you can do with your degree!

To recap: It’s OKAY if you have no clue what you want to do with the rest of your life (most of us still don’t!). While you’re figuring it out, update your resume with the skills you never realized you had. Think about your dream job and start searching for entry-level positions. Then when you get bored, go through the contacts in your iPhone. Learn from my mistakes and don’t let your major or degree stress you out. Your life will turn out just fine, no matter what it says on your diploma.

 

 

 

 

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