/ Asked by Alex
I am a student at the University of Missouri who could not pass calculus and therefore can not graduate with a business degree. I am in my final year and after talking with my counselor, my only option left is to get a bacholors of General Studies. I am looking to go into a sales job and have about three years sales experience working for a few different industries and my question is what impact will me having this degree have during my job search? I am worried that business' will see what degree I received and pass over me before I can even get an interview.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, January 6, 2014
General studies is a very solid degree to obtain.  With your sales experience and undergrad degree I would think you are in a good situation.  I would encourage you to have your story ready should a recruiter ask why you changed majors.  Always be prepared during the interview. 

Best of luck!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Obtaining a General Studies degree is still a recognizable accomplishment. The fact that you have previous experience in the field you want to get into is great and will help set you apart from the rest of the applicants. Questions relating to your past experiences, including roles and responsibilities, would be brought up in an interview, so be prepared to answer questions related to those previous positions. An interviewer might also ask why you chose your General Studies major, so be prepared to answer that question as well if it comes up. Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It depends on the type of job for which you are applying, but if you have some work experiences (it sounds like you do) then you can make your case for being qualified regardless of the actual degree you’re awarded when you graduate. Your resume should highlight top honors in your sales roles. How many times were you recognized for exceeding sales targets? Were there any products for which you were the top seller? Were you top in the market, region, or country? Did you make any recommendations for process improvements (or even better, lead their implementation)? Employers will be looking to see that you can meet and exceed business goals, and they’ll get a better picture of that from your work experience than from any particular degree.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 31, 2014
Do not be overly concerned about the type of degree that you obtain.  First of all, the process of obtaining any degree is an accomplishment that should not be overlooked.  Attempting to graduate and not doing so would be viewed more negatively than obtaining a general studies degree.  If the topic is ever brought up, which I am doubtful that it would be, be honest and explain that there were certain complex math elements of a business degree for which you did not feel you had the aptitude and a general studies degree was the best fit for you.  Shift the focus to your experience in sales and how, through this experience, you learned a great deal about what it takes to be successful in this field and know that sales is an area in which you have and will thrive.
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