/ Asked by Steve
I'm considering changing my major (Music Major), but I am in my senior year. I realized its not the most secure and stable degree. If I do decide to graduate with this degree, would I be able to continue to graduate school and change towards a Business degree? I have to do an internship as well to graduate, should I look for an internship that would gear towards a job in Business ?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Hello,

I know it can be stressful trying to make big decisions like this. My best advice to you is to really focus on what exactly is it that you want to do after graduation. I know you may feel like there is no stable careers in Music, but I would really make sure you are 100% sure about this. I hope this information I provide you will be helpful. Here are some steps I would consider you taking:

1.) Sit down and really write out what exactly is it that you enjoy and don't enjoy doing (anything and everything)
2.) Write out some types of work environments you would enjoy working in and not enjoy working in (collaborative vs. individual, project based vs. tasks that change often, etc.)
3.) From gathering all the information from my earlier steps, research some career areas that suit this profile. You would be surprised what  types of careers you can have with certain degrees and in creative industries like Music. If you change your degree now, you may find yourself having to pay more for college courses than necessary. I would make sure you are 100% confident that you want to change your major from Music to business. Both majors are great, but really hammer out some options you could do with your Music degree because you may find yourself surprised. 
4.) Once you have identified if you want to switch or not switch your degree, begin interviewing employers that hire for those specific positions and ask to job shadow or design a set of questions that you would like to know about the job. This will ensure you will truly enjoy this particular field seeing it first hand. Research combined with industry exposure will really help. 
 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
You have really two options to consider:
1. Stay for a fifth year and double major with a major in music and in business. Staying for a fifth year seems bad at first, however many companies understand how difficult it is to pick a major. The double major would put you at a better advantage when compared to other music majors. You could consider then moving on to an MBA program with a focus once you have completed your undergraduate degree. 
2. Pursue an MBA with an undergraduate degree in music. I would first focus on what area of business interest you most and look for internships or job shadowing programs that allow you to get experience in that major. Since you do not have a strong background you should network through different outlets such as alumni events, LinkedIn, family and friends and career services. It is possible to obtain an MBA, however, it will put you at a disadvantage since you will be with students who have a business background from their undergraduate degree and/or experience in the field. You should research what types of skills the area of focus needs to be successful and work toward either building upon those skills or try to learn those skills such as excel.
It is never too late to change your major, you just have to be willing to put in the extra work to succeed. Even though your music major is not the most secure or stable, you could look for positions in the music industry that is focused on the business side. You should be passionate about the job you will be working in. I wish you the best of luck with whatever path you decide to take!
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
That is a tough decision to make this far in your academic career, but I do commend you on taking the time to step back and look at your options practically.  I would suggest first determining what you actually want to do career-wise by visualizing the type of work you want to be doing 5 years from now, do not think about education or credentials, just what do you want to be doing?

Depending upon what type of work you want to do you need to do some research on what the educational and experience requirements are for that field.  If you truly want to stay in the general business field then internships are a must and you mine as well move forward with an advanced degree right after graduation.  In the long run, you are going to be imminently more marketable to recruiters with an MBA than just an undergraduate degree, especially since your degree is not a business or technical one.  

I suggest speaking to your career services office and finding out what resources your school has to help you narrow down your career choices and options and then help you create a battle plan to achieve your goals.  
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