More than a decade ago, when I was sitting at Denison University’s induction ceremony for first-year students, my university president shared some advice that has always stuck with me. He told my classmates and me that we should be “selfish in our education.” He urged us to dedicate the next four years to maximizing our learning and to diving deeply into the subjects that interested us.
I took this advice to heart, and I try to pass it along to anyone in their early years of college. The problem is that it’s at odds with much of the advice that students hear from other influencers. For example, instead of being pushed to study the subjects that most interest them, many students are advised to major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline because jobs may be more plentiful.
This is a painfully narrow view. Your job search will not be defined by what you choose to study. It will be defined by your holistic college experience and the transferrable skills you develop in the process. GradStaff created the below infographic to display the data behind the entry level job search. It proves that your major is just one small factor in your job search and long term career success.Infographic, Job Market, Job Search Strategy, Networking, Transferable Skills