In conversations with college students along with those still in high school, the same topic always comes up when discussing their future career paths.
It’s the myth that, in order to obtain a certain job, you need a particular degree.
While this still holds true for specialized occupations like accountants and nurses, more than ever employers care more about a potential employee’s intellect and capability to learn and adapt than the degree name on their diploma.
I’ve had countless talks with girls who feel like in order to get a job after college, they need to study something that they may not be truly passionate about.
However as I can say with experience (having parlayed my political science degree into a successfully career in marketing) as long as you are driven and willing to work hard, people will give you a chance to pursue something outside your field of study.
As Ashley Stahl put it in her Forbes article on Six Reasons Why Your College Major Doesn’t Matter, “by and large, your college major is unlikely to have any bearing on your career success.”
Part of the reason I’ve gotten involved with non-profits like Girls Inc. is to help debunk some of the myths young adults fall prey to when making decisions about their future. I want all girls to have a wider scope and understanding of the different jobs that are out there so they don’t have to study something they aren’t truly passionate about just because it has “job security”.
With our rapidly changing economy, they are so many different and exciting career options to pursue. And frankly, sometimes it pays to be the candidate that stands out among the crowd.
So if philosophy really is your thing but everyone keeps telling you you won’t be able to get a job, tell them to talk to me! Don’t give up on what drives you to study harder.