Majoring In Success: Understanding Where Your Major Can Take You
By Brian Bellows
There are many aspects to selecting a major that can help to ensure success upon graduation. Some students pick a major and may not have a clearly defined vision of where they want to take their career. Some of the primary ones that students have found help with exploration and success in one’s major include researching the industries that typically hire your degree, networking functions, and ways to bolster your resume for that industry when applying for jobs in your chosen profession. By actively exploring the success strategies that other students have utilized to succeed, you will be able to put together your own map of what success looks like.
It is important to actively learn about the industry that you are looking to be employed in and the paths that individuals take in industry to arrive at their chosen profession. Frequently with a degree, there are multiple areas that students can explore and there is frequently diversity in career paths. You as a student may envision yourself in a managerial role, but if you do not have experience it may be necessary to start off in an entry-level position and work yourself up to a managerial role (Loretto, 2011). That is why it is important to understand the growth paths in a given profession and the different areas of entry into a corporation. For example, if you have a degree in accounting there are different types of accounting that may include tax as well as managerial accounting. By looking at the different aspects of your major you can begin to prepare yourself to follow your passion and begin the necessary preparation (Loretto, 2011). For some majors, pursuing internships can help to quickly improve professional qualifications. An internship can give students valuable experience. Some internships are paid whereas others are unpaid. A great place to look for internships can be a professional organization. Many majors have professional organizations that have chapters which can also look good on a resume and give powerful networking links (Doyle, n.d.). Look to see if there are professional organizations that you can join which will enhance your resume and career experience.
By understanding your chosen career path, you can establish valuable networking opportunities beforehand. Look in your Virtual Campus, your fellow classmates are not just your peers, but you may have the opportunity to network with people who have valuable connections in your industry who can later assist you in success (Doyle, n.d.). Actively explore the career paths in your chosen discipline and examine the paths that people have taken in the past. Experience can greatly impact your career path and by exploring your major, you can major in success!
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