A couple months ago, I came across an online article from Forbes entitled, How New College Grads Can Land A Shockingly Good Job. The author, Kristi Hedges, writes a great piece full of advice and pointers for recent college graduates looking for a job. One of Hedge’s points caught my immediate attention and I was instantly inspired by what she wrote. Here’s a short excerpt Hedges says about embracing your major as a recent college graduate:
“Conventional wisdom suggests that unless you’re a software engineer, nurse, or some other in-demand, specialized field, you’ll be out of luck. Don’t buy it. Never apologize for your major. You picked it for a reason, and own it with pride.”
For those who have just recently graduated, including those who have graduated up to a few years ago, never regret what you decided to major in. The idea that you chose a program that was “too general” and not specialized is nonsense. If that wasn’t your passion during that time, why apologize for it? If science or math wasn’t in your interest, why feel like you may have wasted time studying something you actually liked? Every year, lists of the highest paid majors are released, most likely furthering the uncertainty recent graduates feel, thinking they may have spent 4 years (or more time than they’d like to admit) studying the wrong thing. No list or reports of potential median incomes for majors can determine your success. Capitalizing off your degree is up to you, and how you leverage your skill and knowledge is not up to what others say or write about it. As a recent graduate, it can be difficult to find your way transitioning from the classroom to a career you love. Has it been done? Of course. But for the most part, it doesn’t come easily. As a recent graduate, embrace your major. Embrace what you’ve learned. Embrace your accomplishment. Embrace this new journey and be open to new possibilities.
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