“What are you going to do with THAT degree?”
From the time college students declare a major, the second-guessing begins. For months, you’ve been badgered to pick a major, only to have your choice questioned again and again.
Now that graduation is approaching, perhaps you’re having doubts and thinking: “What if I can’t get a job with this degree?”
Don’t worry – your major isn’t your destiny. It’s only a beginning.
Many college students see a degree as an end in itself: a validation of certain skills, depending on a specialized field of study. This mindset has led students down an awkward path to the professional world. A chemistry major thinks she needs to work in a lab to make her degree worthwhile. A liberal arts major thinks he must get an advanced degree to make his education complete. But in today’s entry-level job market, the greatest need isn’t specialization, it’s adaptability.
Avenica works closely with employers and has a keen understanding of hiring market needs. What we’re hearing from hiring companies is that they want thinkers, hard-workers, problem-solvers and team-players, all qualities that are well-developed among Bachelor’s Degree-holders in many different disciplines. We help grads think outside of their majors when considering a future career and often surprise job-seekers by uncovering great careers they didn’t even consider (or know existed).
Here’s a few examples of how different types of degrees can be applied to a variety of high-demand positions that are hiring at the entry level:
|Majors||Common Transferable Skills||Career Opportunities|
|Social sciences||Interpersonal communications, organization, teamwork||Human resources,
|Hard sciences||Problem-solving, inquisitiveness, data-oriented||Digital marketing,
|Business and finance||Analytical, problem-solving, entrepreneurial||Account management,
|Fine arts||Creativity, adaptability, big-picture thinking||Claims processing,
Real estate planning,
No matter what degree you hold, there are multiple opportunities for you to make your mark professionally and find a future career that suits both your skills and your desires. History graduates can go on to become lawyers, consultants and journalists. Music majors can make excellent accountants and financial analysts. Sociology students can be adept at customer service, and marketing. The breadth of career options for today’s grads is limited only by a student’s drive and ambition.
A degree is only the beginning of your career journey. Where the path takes you – whether it’s down a well-traveled road or a trail you blaze yourself – is your decision alone. Your major does not need to be your destiny.
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