/ Asked by Tanya
I am having trouble finding a job directly related to my major in college. Are there resources you would recommend I look at to figure out what other industries my skills may apply to?
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Saturday, March 24, 2018
 Great question and do not panic you are not alone, a lot of college students and young professionals run into this issue as they are gearing to find that ideal job. So to answer this question short and sweet, most employers aren’t hung up on what you studied. So after you’ve secured a diploma it’s time to convince a potential employer to hire you, regardless of what your degree is in. Now, don’t stress here are some tips that may help you find that ideal job that maybe even you didn’t think was out there.
  • What do you want to do? By finding out what you want to do or finding that passion, you will be better off in the long run and actually like/ enjoy your job. For example, a marketing major individual may figure out that their passion lies in nonprofit work versus working within marketing.
  • Are you qualified? Once you’ve narrow your search, look over the requirements to get hired in that line of work. Some maybe more specialized than others so additional schooling maybe needed or an internship opportunity maybe something to look into.
  •  The power of networking is real! Start reaching out to people within that line of work. A great resource would be your school’s alumni database, school's professors, or reaching out to industries’ recruiting team.
  • Transferable skills. Yes, you majored in a specific subject than what you are finding out is not your passion. No need to worry you have a lot of transferable skills that can apply to your new found passion – general study courses and/or a leadership role within a project or club for example. Transferable skills are very marketable to employers!
  • Research. Find that passion and research it, employers like to see someone who is very knowledgeable about the industry and what is currently going on in the field. Good way to do that is to stay current by reading industry media outlets and following prospective employers on social media.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
You are not alone! Many college students and recent grads run into similar issues. If you are able, I would recommend reaching out to the career center at your school. They would be a great place to start because they will be most familiar with companies who recruit at your school and the type of opportunities they have available. They would also be a great resource because they likely know what companies students are going to who have a similar major to you.
I also think it's important that you remain open to opportunities that may not directly relate to your major. If there is a company you want to work for but they don't have a position currently available that fits your major, check out other entry-level positions they have available. It's a great way to get your foot in the door so you can ultimately work up to a position that better aligns with your major and career interests.
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