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Does major = career?

By Stephanie Levine

A common experience for seniors in college is the anticipation of graduation. In addition to the excitement that most near-grads feel, many are equally overwhelmed with anxiety and uncertainty regarding what the future holds for them. For some students, they have a very good picture of what they would like their future to look like. Other students might have a general idea of the field they would like to pursue, but are not sure what their dream job is, or how to get there. Listen up, uncertain students; this blog post is for you!

Fear not! I am here to tell you that your options can be limitless! This year, Career Services is working to integrate a campaign entitled, “Does Major = Career?” The purpose of the project is to teach students that their undergraduate major does not necessarily have to equal their future career. The idea originally surfaced at one of our staff meetings with the intention of helping students realize that they have options within their area of study. Our hope is to teach students that by developing their transferable skills and taking advantage of internship experiences, they can broaden the career fields available to them in the future.

Even within the Career Services office, our staff comes from a variety of academic backgrounds and undergraduate majors including Psychology, Human Services, Communications, Human Resources, Kinesiology, and Radio-TV-Film to name a few. What draw all of us to Career Services are the transferable skills that we naturally possess and have worked to develop through work experiences, internships, and higher education.

So what does this mean for students? You might be reading this and thinking, “What if I want my major to equal my career?” This is great news! For some students, their major really does equal their career, which means their career path is a little more defined and direct. For students whose career paths are less direct, they need to be sure of their skills and experience and be able to articulate and sell them to employers. The sooner students start thinking about these things, the more time they have to develop their skills and seek beneficial internships before graduation.

Are you feeling unsure about your future career? Call today to schedule an appointment with your major-specific career adviser to talk about future career possibilities or work on identifying and showcasing your transferable skills.

Learn more about Colleges and Majors at UWO here: http://www.uwosh.edu/career/students/colleges-and-majors

To learn more about different occupations, check out the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.


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