Why Your College Major Doesn’t Define You
Hi there! Let’s chat college majors for a minute, shall we?
Have you or any of your friends ever seen a job posting or heard about a really cool opportunity someone is doing and think, ‘that would be such a cool job, too bad I don’t have a degree for it,’? Yeah, I’ve been there too! We’re in an age where careers are constantly shifting and new jobs are popping up all the time.
Because of these new opportunities, its important not to let your college major define the career you continue to pursue. If your major is connected to something you love, that’s awesome, but if you’re looking for a new career that you’re passionate about and have some experience to back it up, then don’t let your education hold you back. We’re in a world where our transitional skills - communication, teamwork, strong problem solving and more - have become just as important as the practical skills when finding a job.
From a personal experience, my day-job position is heavy in communication and content creation whereas both of my degrees are in education. If I had stopped short of applying to this job because I lacked the technical communications degree, then all the amazing things I’ve been able to do in the job wouldn’t have happened. Everything I’ve learned about design, blogging, and communications has either been self-taught or shared with me by my supervisor and mentor. So, don’t think that you’re not worthy of pursuing an opportunity just because you don’t have a piece of paper hanging on the wall with those required skills.
Between blogs, podcasts, online classes like Skillshare and Pinterest, we can learn so many practical skills without a degree to back it up. Especially if its a career you want to switch into, take the time to teach yourself how it works so you can establish your skills early. Nowadays, recruiters and talent managers want to see what you can do and that you can do it well, rather than what your degree is.
So, if you’re looking for jobs or hear of a cool opportunity that gets you excited, don’t let your education discourage you. Make your experiences work for you and you may just be headed to a career that’s lettered in the sky!