Matching Career to College Degree


Jim writes:
Can you tell me of an online resource that would tell me what careers would
relate to a specific type of degree. I have a degree and cannot find what job
can relate to it.



The Career Doctor responds:
You need to totally change your focus. Except for very technical subject areas –
or advanced degrees — your college major is not nearly as important as the degree
itself. Employers want job-seekers with college degrees and work experience…
everything else beyond that point it gravy.
So rather than focusing on what types of jobs are available to people with your
degree — and there are Websites that provide that information — a better exercise for
you is to discover what truly interests you and excites you. Once you discover these
things you can then match jobs that utilize those skills and interests.
Take the time to examine all your courses class projects and work experience. Think
about the times you were most excited most energized most satisfied. Make a list.
Also think about the stuff you never want to do again — activities you found boring
or uninspiring. Make a list of those too.
Once you’re done with your lists start investigating jobs and career paths that
utilize the stuff you like to do while minimizing the stuff you don’t ever want to do.
Once you’ve discovered the types of jobs that best fit you your next step is identifying
employers that are hiring for those jobs.
Don’t ever feel limited to search for jobs that fit your major in college. However if you
really want to see some examples you can go to one of the many “what can I do
with a major in…” sites such as this one from the
University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
You can find other good resources in this section of Quintessential Careers:
Career Exploration Resources.

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Jim writes:
Can you tell me of an online resource that would tell me what careers would
relate to a specific type of degree. I have a degree and cannot find what job
can relate to it.



The Career Doctor responds:
You need to totally change your focus. Except for very technical subject areas –
or advanced degrees — your college major is not nearly as important as the degree
itself. Employers want job-seekers with college degrees and work experience…
everything else beyond that point it gravy.
So rather than focusing on what types of jobs are available to people with your
degree — and there are Websites that provide that information — a better exercise for
you is to discover what truly interests you and excites you. Once you discover these
things you can then match jobs that utilize those skills and interests.
Take the time to examine all your courses class projects and work experience. Think
about the times you were most excited most energized most satisfied. Make a list.
Also think about the stuff you never want to do again — activities you found boring
or uninspiring. Make a list of those too.
Once you’re done with your lists start investigating jobs and career paths that
utilize the stuff you like to do while minimizing the stuff you don’t ever want to do.
Once you’ve discovered the types of jobs that best fit you your next step is identifying
employers that are hiring for those jobs.
Don’t ever feel limited to search for jobs that fit your major in college. However if you
really want to see some examples you can go to one of the many “what can I do
with a major in…” sites such as this one from the
University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
You can find other good resources in this section of Quintessential Careers:
Career Exploration Resources.