Mind Your Major

Exploring Careers and the Baylor Majors that Will Work for You!

Mind Your Major

What majors will get me a job?

September 14, 2011 · No Comments · Announcements, Majors, Web Resources

 

 

The short answer:  any of them.  The longer answer is that any major can provide a solid foundation for career success.  However, simply possessing a degree is likely not going to ensure employers come looking for you.  Successfully landing a job requires strong academic performance, relevant experiences, and keen job search skills.  With that being said, many students ask me about whether or not a given major leads to careers that are “in demand?”  Here is one strategy to consider when trying to answer this question for yourself.

Imagine that you have been able to fast forward to the time in your life when you are starting your job hunt.  Consider employers for whom you might like to work.  Review job listings on the company websites, paying particular attention to the qualifications.  Do you notice any trends regarding the level of education, area of study, or relevant experiences they are seeking?

The beauty of performing this exercise early in your academic career is that it allows you time to acquire education and skills that are “in demand.”  If you wait until your last semester of college, there may not be much time left to gain sales experience, learn a foreign language, or demonstrate leadership.

What if you don’t know what employers to consider?  Maybe you aren’t even sure of your career goals.  That’s okay.  A strategy for you could be to review the company websites of organizations who actively recruit at Baylor.  There are several career fairs coming up, and the Career Services office updates their website with lists of the companies that will be represented.

Log in to your HireABear account for more information on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Job Fair and the Hire a Bear Career Fair.  Click the “Career Events” tab at the top, then search “Career Fair.”  Each of the fairs listed in your search results will offer a link to “Search Employers.”  You will have many criteria from which to select as you search those who will be in attendance.  If you click on an employer’s name, you will see a list of majors they recruit.

If you are undecided on your major, or unsure of your major, this is a great way to discover what majors can prepare you for a career with the employer of your dreams.

Mark your calendar!  The STEM Job Fair is TOMORROW, September 15.  The HireABear Career Fair is September 29.  You can register for the events through your HireABear account, and you can also get specifics on times and locations.  These fairs are for all students, whether you are exploring opportunities, looking for an internship, or trying to secure that first full-time position.  Take advantage of this wonderful service that Baylor offers you!

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