If you are a graduating senior, you probably (hopefully) are
in the midst of a major job search. You
may be thinking, “I just need a job, any job will do.” You may even be basing your search on the
jobs that typically ‘fit’ within your major. If you’re not a senior, these thoughts are probably still in the back of
your mind. One question: who decides
what jobs ‘fit’ within any particular field of study? And who’s to say the skills you are developing
would not also be a benefit to you in other occupations? (Ok, that was two questions.)
The skills I am referring to are your liberal arts, or
transferrable, skills. These are skills which employers seek, regardless of industry or occupation; they are NOT major
specific. In November, I posted a blog called
“What Employers Want.” As you continue
in your career planning, take a look and think of a
few examples of how you’ve demonstrated and/or developed these qualities. If you’re having difficulty or are unsure
what is meant, make an appointment with Career Services to talk about your experiences.
It’s not my intention to simply recycle a previous blog
entry…instead it is my hope that students begin thinking about what skills they
have to offer vs. what jobs their major corresponds to. Then, think about what interests you. What are you passionate about? If you enjoy sports, what are all of the
different aspects of the athletic world?
Retail? Event management? Merchandising? Coaching? Administration? This is certainly not an exhaustive list, yet
all of these areas likely have people in human resources, public relations,
accounting, operations, sales, marketing, etc, etc, etc. And if you began asking all of those people,
you may find backgrounds in business, English, psychology, music, French,
history, etc, etc, etc.
The point is,
the major is not the key to success – networking and experiences are. If you are passionate about something, go out
and find people who share those interests.
Begin conducting informational interviews and/or shadowing; volunteer and
inquire about internships to begin building experiences. Seek work within an industry that interests
you so that you will be excited to work your way up. It may take some ‘thinking outside the box’
on your part – but it’s worth it to find yourself working in a field you enjoy.
Bottom line, search for your passions, not for the job title you
think ‘matches’ your major.