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Does Major = Career?

  • Does Major = Career?
It doesn’t have to!                                           WCIDWTM-Logo.png

Myth: Picking your major= picking your career

Fact: 80% of people in today’s workforce are in career fields unrelated to their majors

books.png Declaring a major does not lock you into career field or limit you to a certain position (unless you want it to). Completing a major helps you develop depth of a field. Students develop transferable skills in any major, but taking advantage of            internship opportunities will help broaden your career options and professional network.

Does Major = Career?

In the Career Services office, our staff possesses diverse academic backgrounds and undergraduate majors including Psychology, Human Services, Communications, Human Resources, Kinesiology, and Radio-TV-Film to name a few.


Alumni Profiles:

Meet some of our UW Oshkosh Alumni and find out what they had to say about how they are using their major in their current role.

  • Michelle Chitel - Social Work - Teen Center Coordinator at Boys & Girls Club
  • Jenny Kyzer - Sociology - Recruiter at SEEK Careers/Staffing
  • John Rank - Organizational Administration - Student Life Department Coordinator - Intercollegiate Sports
  • Chris Vue - Anthropology - Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley at Roosevelt Middle School

For more information and a video message from each alumni click here.

Make Yourself a More Desirable Candidate:

Check out this great blog post from the Campus Career Coach that echoes much of what is outlined here.

1. Prepare!

2. Partake in Internships, Volunteer work, and join a campus organization!

3. Develop transferable skills!  globe.png
  • Part/Full Time Jobs
  • Internships
  • Volunteer Work
  • Class Projects
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Campus Involvement

Market Yourself When Applying For a Job Outside of Your Degree

1. Focus on transferable skills specific to the position

  • E.g: Critical thinking, problem solving, communication.
    • Resumes- Show how your experiences and skills will benefit the employer
    • Interview- Provide examples of your abilities that will be of value to the employer and be prepared to answer situations questions

2. Define abilities that are specific to you.

    Examples:                                            keyboard.png
    • Technologically savvy
    • Background in graphic design
    • Comfortable with computer programs
    • Marketing experience
    • Artistic

3. Use your internship/job search resources

  • Titan Jobs
  • Employon
  • LinkedIn         linkedin.png
    • Complete your profile- Be sure to personalize it
    • Connect with people in your network
    • Make it easy for an employer to find you
    • Follow organizations of interest


Learn More:

Learn more about Colleges and Majors at UWO here:

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

Explore different careers and learn more about what careers may be a good fit for you

Related Links:

by Lambie, Christina M. last modified Nov 27, 2013 04:10 PM

About Career Services • Student Success Center, Suite 125 • 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901 • • (920) 424-2181

Fall & Spring Semester Hours: Mon. & Thurs. 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m., Tues. & Wed. 7:45 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri. 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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