Does Your Major Really Matter?

With hundreds of majors to choose from in college, how do you know you are choosing the right one? And since there are so many to choose from, how many of them matter when it comes to a career?

Sure, you can specialize in something really specific like business administration with an emphasis in retail, or English with an emphasis in Shakespearian literature – but that will limit your skill set to those specific careers. If that is exactly what you want to do with your life, then you are all set. If you are unsure of what you want to do for a career, or want more options, then choosing something with more breadth is probably for you.

There are tons of majors that can apply to many different careers, and tons that can apply to the same careers. In the end though, what matters is where you end up and if you are happy or not.

Times are changing, and so are the expectations of employers. Years ago, it was the norm for students to jump into a career that they spent four years preparing for. Nowadays, it is the experience in college that matters the most. Employers are looking for well-rounded individuals that can communicate well with others, and have a personality that meshes well with their staff. Sure, your major should be related to the field you wish to work in, but it doesn’t have to be so narrowly tailored that by the time you achieve your degree you are only ready for a handful of jobs.

Your major needs to prepare you for the industry in which you wish to work. The experience that comes with college is what will prepare you for the rest of it. Joining clubs and organizations, and participating in activities is where vital skills can be learned that directly apply to high paying careers.

Networking in college is also very important to starting a career. You have probably heard the old saying, “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know…” – it is quite a true statement, for the most part. Employers want to hire people they know are credible, and the more people that can vouch for you the better.

Think about the field or industry where you want a career, and work towards that in a general perspective if you don’t have something specific in mind. As long as the skills acquired in your major apply to a job in some way, and you have genuine experience that can apply to career settings, then you are just as qualified as the next person.