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Staff Post: What should I do with my major?

December 11, 2014

Staff Post: What should I do with my major?

For some of you this is an easy question to answer. Perhaps you are an Economics major hoping to become an Economist, which is great! However, for many of you this could be much tougher solution to find. Some of you regret your choice in major, have no idea what to major in, or aren’t sure what your dream major you have chosen could possibly lead to.

First, I want to reassure you that the major you have chosen (or will choose) is a great choice! I don’t even need to know what the major is, because regardless of what you study, you have the capacity to end up in a job you will love. After all, while employers will be interested in what you have studied, many of them will be even more interested in your experiences. How have you connected your coursework to activities outside of the classroom? Have you completed an internship? Are you a leader in a student organization? Did you study abroad? The more experiences you gain, the more opportunities you have to find what you truly love and are skilled at.

The beauty of your liberal arts degree is that your major can and should be applied to any industry for which you are passionate. Your non-linear path from being an Anthropology major to pursuing a career in finance may be a great way to stand out amongst competition! According to the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), a majority of the skills employers seek are ones that are inherently learned in your liberal arts education.

For an excellent online resource to help with this, I strongly suggest exploring the website, What Can I Do With This Major?. While it is not DePauw specific, it can help you brainstorm several areas you may not have realized connect with your area of study.

Remember, at the end of the day, the best thing you can do is continue pursuing activities and courses that you truly enjoy. By doing so, you are more likely to get better grades, engage in the classroom, and become involved elsewhere on campus - all things that will lead to amazing successes down the road!

- Liz Freedman, Adviser 

"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs 

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