University Career Center

A female student at the hackNY event

One of the most common concerns I see among students when they come in for peer advising is that they feel as if their major doesn't directly transfer to a real world job. This minor concern blossoms into a very real one for some seniors as they try and tackle the job market. They wonder: can I still get a job and is my less marketable major going to be a hinderance? The answer is a resounding no!

Students often choose majors for various reasons. Hopefully, they have chosen a major that correlates with where their passions lie. Your major often represents who you are and what you are skilled at doing. Sometimes it is hard to see exactly how your major relates to a career - but that's what the Career Center is for.

Here at the Career Center, we tell students like yourself about our fundamental methodology: iPlan. iPlan consists of three components - community, presentation and story. This is essential in seeing how you can connect your major to a career. The key is establishing a story in a way where you can highlight your skills and experiences. More often than not your major is a critical part of your story.

Your major is important as it represents your academic passions and successes. But at the same time don't let that knowledge of what it represents limit you. Your major opens doors for you but your story goes beyond that. What makes you ideal to an employer is showing you're well-rounded and are more than just a major. At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what your major is. What matters are the skills you have gained from your major as well as how your experiences have shaped you into who you are today. If you can convey this effectively the sky is the limit to your success.

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