Are you the student who ONLY attends events that targets your major? For instance, if your major isn’t in the title of the event you don’t show up or if your major isn’t mentioned in the job description you don’t apply. Unless an event or program specifically bars your attendance or participation I’d like for you to consider using every recruiting activity on your school’s campus as a way to showcase your brand and learn about the various opportunities that companies offer. Events and activities are a good way for you to practice communicating your message. The more events you attend the better you get at meeting people and expanding your personal contact network. You may also be exposed to new industries and companies and ways to utilize your major that you not have previously considered. Don’t limit your job search experience by simply focusing on events that apply to your major. Think outside of the box and expand your horizons just a bit by participating in something that doesn’t seem to relate to your area of study; you may uncover an area that becomes a new interest.
Let’s face it, unless you are studying, engineering, nursing or accounting, there are usually no particular career path for your college major. One often wonders what can I do with a major in History, Psychology or any of the other myriad of majors that are available at our nation’s colleges and Universities? After all isn’t that the point of a college degree: to get a job? Perhaps, but I like Albert Einstein’s idea:
“It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education is a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
The idea behind college is to create a society of individuals with various perspectives and points of view. We need individuals to examine our numerous issues with a myriad of frameworks and hopefully develop solutions.
The process of securing a four year degree is challenging in and of itself. It becomes increasingly difficult if you are studying a subject that you dislike. I encourage you to pursue your passion in college. Find additional activities or programs outside of your coursework to supplement your education by building or enhancing those skills sets employers deem desirable.