So you majored in this, but want to work in that…

Looking for work in a field outside of your major can be a daunting task. Janel Abrahami, Steinhardt/Class of 2014, is here with some helpful advice on pursuing those professions that may not formally sync with your area of study.

My fall semester schedule looks something like this: Cultures of Psychology; Fieldwork in Psychology; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; and Applied Psychology Undergraduate Club meetings. I’m majoring in Applied Psychology in Steinhardt and plan to graduate this May. However, I’m not looking for a job in “psychology,” and I don’t want to attend graduate school just yet. Instead, I’m interested in corporate communications and business development, and I have a job and an internship in these fields in addition to my schedule detailed above. So what the heck am I thinking?!

Pursuing a career in a field different than one’s major is actually pretty common these days. The key is to focus on the skills you’re building rather than the subjects you’re learning. Does your major require you to use to certain computer software, like Photoshop, Excel, or SPSS? These can all be highlighted on your resume and applied to a variety of professional positions. Are you forced to give tons of presentations in front of your classes? Public speaking is a huge asset in the work force, no matter what career you pursue.

For example: as a psychology student, I’m learning about Freud and Carl Rogers, but I am building critical thinking skills, mastering my verbal communication, and becoming a pro at working with others on large projects. All of these skills can be applied to my job experience in the communications field.

So before you write off that contemporary dance class as not pertaining to your career goals, think about what you can learn from the course and apply to your job later on- like increased confidence and a boost to your memory skills!

Do those career opportunities seem a little clearer after reading Janel’s account? Make an appointment with a career counselor at Wasserman and make some of your thoughts a reality!

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