For those of us pursuing liberal arts degrees, the phrase, “You’re never going to get a job” is all too familiar. But does your choice of college major really matter? Although a liberal arts education may not prepare you for a specific career track, it will prepare you to be the type of well rounded and passionate worker employers are looking for.
Since deciding to major in my passion, English, I’ve faced my fair share of criticism. Adults seem to believe I am throwing away any shot I have of getting a job. However, passionate students work hard in their classes and take advantage of unique opportunities like internships, study abroad and research projects. Potential employers are impressed with students who have diverse experiences because it proves they are passionate, hardworking students who made a conscious effort to prepare themselves for the professional world.
Parents, although they mean well, can sometimes hinder the potential of their children by forcing them to pick a more “practical” major. While it is understandable that parents want the best for their children in terms of financial and professional security, students are not doomed if they don’t pursue a medical degree.
Although careful consideration should be given to what major to pursue, there is no wrong answer. Before you succumb to society’s call to major in biomechanics, consider what you’re passionate about. You can do a whole lot with that English major if you put your mind to it.