Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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.