Would it surprise you to know that only 14% of the incoming MBA students at Stanford University in 2014 had an undergraduate degree in Business? 51% of their incoming class had degrees in the humanities. Would you be shocked to know that many medical school students do not major in biology? Check out this article from U.S. News and World Report.
Although some careers and graduate study paths require specific training, others welcome diverse experiences. Business Insider's Article, 30 People With 'Soft' College Majors Who Became Extremely Successful demonstrates how there can be multiple pathways to get to the same destination.
Please do not rest with the question, "What can I do with this major?" There are other questions that will better help you plan for the future:
If you are completely lost and confused about selecting a career and a major, the fantastic people in UAlbany Career Services would love to speak with you. They are located on the first floor of the Science Library. I highly recommend that you take the Focus-2 Career Assessment before you go. Focus-2 will give you some ideas about careers and majors that match your skills, values and interests. It is not a crystal ball, but it is a great way to begin the process. A career counselor will discuss your results with you and help you to set short-term and long-term goals.
If you have decided on a major or career path, gather more intel! Find out what professors in your major are researching and arrange to meet with a few whose interests match yours. Conduct informational interviews with people in careers that interest you. Click here for handy informational interview questions!
Whatever you choose to do, for whatever reason you choose to do it, be ready to sweat! Sweating is good for you. It rids you of toxins which slow your growth and development.
The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary." - Vidal Sassoon
"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark
Welcome! My name is Rachel Moody. I post weekly announcements and messages to motivate and inspire my UAlbany advisees, and any one else who visits. Comments are welcome! While you are here, have a virtual cup of tea!