Does Major = Career?
- Does Major = Career?
Myth: Picking your major= picking your career
Fact: 80% of people in today’s workforce are in career fields unrelated to their majors
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.
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.
2. Partake in Internships, Volunteer work, and join a campus organization!
- Part/Full Time Jobs
- 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.
- Technologically savvy
- Background in graphic design
- Comfortable with computer programs
- Marketing experience
3. Use your internship/job search resources
- Titan Jobs
- 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 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.
Explore different careers and learn more about what careers may be a good fit for you http://wiscareers.wisc.edu/