Does Major = Career?
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!
- 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 & Professional Development 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.
Examples of how major does = career
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
Participate in career events, such as:
- Mock Interviews
- Career Fairs
- Dining with Professionals
Step 2 | Get Experience
Participate in internships, volunteer work, and join a campus organization!
Step 3 | Develop Transferable Skills
Transferable skills — such as communication, adabalibity, organization or collaboration, to name a few — can be developed in so many ways.
- Part/Full Time Jobs
- Volunteer Work
- Class Projects
- Leadership Opportunities
- Campus Involvement
- Family Duties
How to market yourself when applying for a job outside your degree area
Step 1 | Focus on Transferable Skills
- 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 situation based questions
Step 2 | Define abilities you possess
- Technologically savvy
- Background in graphic design
- Comfortable with computer programs
- Marketing experience
Learn more about Colleges and Majors at UWO.
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: wiscareers.wisc.edu
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH
Career & Professional Development
Student Success Center, Suite 125
750 Elmwood Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
- M–Th: 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
- F: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fond du Lac and Fox Cities Campus Solution Centers
- Wednesdays: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Services only offered when classes are in session