How To Succeed in College/Career

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Does your major determine your career?[edit]

There are some professions where what you major in really does make a difference, like accounting, engineering, and education. But many careers are not tied directly to a major.[1] Employers will be more interested if you have experience in the field. While majoring in that area is helpful, that experience can also come from part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, internships, or volunteering. Employers primarily want to see that a prospective employee knows what he/she is doing. They are also interested in how skilled one is at a certain task or set of tasks. For example, if you want to become a computer programmer but majored in English, it is possible to illustrate to a potential employer that you know how to program by writing some software, passing certifications, and taking various programming tests. Passion, grades, and connections aren't as important as majoring in a specific area, but they are all important. Your major does not have to determine your career.

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