Advice on Selecting a College Major – Sooner or Later you have to Choose a Major, Because No College or University Awards a Diploma in “Undecided”
As a college student, it may be difficult to choose a field of study when your future career is unclear and still undefined. If you are certain of your career path, then CONGRATULATIONS because many high school seniors and college students still have no idea as to what career path he/she should follow. Many students do not even know the plethora of occupations and opportunities available to them. Of course there are the careers that everyone is familiar with, such as becoming a nurse, doctor, teacher, attorney, accountant, architect, banker, etc., but there are also many of other excellent and fulfilling job opportunities as well. Below are recommendations of other career paths to consider if you prefer to work in an office environment, as well as the best college majors to select to pursue these fields. Since Jones Networking has offices in Baltimore, Charlotte and the Metro DC/Northern Virginia area, the suggestions may be geared more towards working in these geographic areas and the popular industries based in these particular cities.
If you may be interested in a career in the legal field, but do not necessarily desire to become an attorney, consider (and research) the following careers:
- Legal Assistant
- Law Clerk
- Intellectual Property (IP) / Patent Specialist
- Docketing Coordinator
- Law Firm Administrator
- Litigation Specialist
- Document Reviewer
These legal positions will offer a plethora of legal experience and career advancement. If undecided about attending law school, begin a career in one of these areas to learn more about the day to day activities of a law office. The best undergraduate majors to select for these fields are Legal Studies, Political Science, Law and Society or a similar Law/Legal related Bachelor’s Degree program at an accredited college or University.
If you have strong interpersonal skills, enjoy social networking, and interacting with a variety of people, but are unsure of how to utilize your talents, consider a career in Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, Customer Service Management or Sales. A degree in Marketing prepares you to enter the creative, fast-paced business of promoting, developing and selling products to unique customer markets. A marketing degree can give you the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to work in nearly any industry because marketing is such an important part of any business plan. To learn more about potential opportunities in these fields, research the following job titles:
- Marketing Assistant, Coordinator or Specialist
- Public Relations Specialist
- Communications Assistant
- Conference/Meeting Planner or Event Planner
- Account Manager or Sales Manager
- Product Manager
- Advertising Assistant
- Member Services Representative (for a non-profit organization)
If interested in pursuing a career in any of these fields upon graduation, select one of the following majors: Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Advertising or Business Administration.
Another popular field in a business environment is Human Resources. Working in HR bears a great deal of responsibility. The HR Department is responsible for the process of screening and hiring employees, managing and implementing employee benefits policies, employee training, resolving employee issues/grievances, analyzing salaries/pay rates, maintaining and updating employee handbooks/company policies, workplace health/safety/security and most companies also include the payroll function within their HR department. Some HR careers and job titles to consider (and research) are the following:
- Recruiter or Talent Acquisition Specialist
- Benefits Specialist or Manager
- HR Assistant, HR Specialist, HR Generalist or HR Coordinator
- Employee or Labor Relations Specialist
- Compensation Analyst
- HRIS Administrator
- Corporate Training and Development
- HR Manager
- Director of HR
- Vice President of Human Resources
Because Human Resource departments operate in a business environment, most Bachelor’s Degrees in HR are found in a college or university’s school of business. If interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources, consider the following majors: Human Resource Management, Management with a concentration in Human Resources or a Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Industrial Relations or Management & Leadership.
These are just a sample of the opportunities available in businesses today. If you desire to work in a corporate business setting and are still undecided regarding a specific field to pursue, then a major in Business Administration would be a great choice. In regards to the entry-level job market, a business major may well be the most marketable undergraduate degree available. Business majors will qualify for a broad range of entry level opportunities and the major is regarded as one of the most practical available to those without a specific career focus.
If you’re ready to take the next step towards an exciting new career in 2017, visit www.jonesnet.com to view all of our current openings in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Charlotte, NC.