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Does Major = Career?


books image 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? It doesn’t have to!whatcanidowiththismajorglobe

Myth: Picking your major= picking your career

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

Example of how Major Doesn’t = 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.

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Examples of how major does = Career  –  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.

Step 1. Prepare!

1. Prepare!

Step 2: Get Experience!

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

Step 3: Develop Transferable Skills!
3. Develop transferable skills!  skills
  • Part/Full Time Jobs
  • Internships
  • Volunteer Work
  • Class Projects
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Campus Involvement

Market Yourself When Applying for a Job Outside Your Degree Area


 

Step 1: Focus on Transferable Skills

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
Step 2: Define abilities you possess

2. Define abilities you possess.

Examples:                                            keyboard image

  • Technologically savvy
  • Background in graphic design
  • Comfortable with computer programs
  • Marketing experience
  • Artistic
Step 3: Use your resources

3. Use your internship/job search resources

  • Titan Jobs
  • Career GPS
  • LinkedIn         linkedin logo
    • 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 http://wiscareers.wisc.edu/

 Related Links:

http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/does-the-college-major-matter-not-really/?_r=0