Your College Major Doesn’t Dictate Your Career Path

When we are small, we are static observers to the life happening around us. Our brains are kaleidoscopes of curiosity, leaping from one idea to another, in a constant state of expansion. It’s during this time, and in the primary years of education after, that our inner mold begins to take shape. The mold that determines how we will digest the world, how we will react to it and how the world will, in turn, see us.

This mold becomes the foundation for how we interact with life and the framework for our ability to learn, express, act, understand others, speak with meaning, and more. It sets a precedence for the path we will choose and how we will perform as we move along that path. But the latter is more important.

Your major doesn’t matter, because it can’t define you the way your performance can. Anyone can choose between English and Mathematics. But not everyone takes initiative after that choice is made. Did you demonstrate leadership? Did you join clubs that mattered to you? Were you active in campus politics? Captain of your intramural team? Maybe you were a teacher’s assistant or a tutor.

These things matter, because they tell us about your mental makeup. They exemplify your mold, which defines how you will perform in whatever path you choose.  Your choices are one thing. What you do with those choices after they’ve been made, is another.

To simplify:

You can be an English major and be an excellent strategic thinker.

You could be a mathematics major and have excellent people skills.

You could have majored in one thing and be totally passionate about and skilled in a completely different field.

I studied journalism, English, and international studies, yet I was hired to be a Process Engineer in the banking industry for my first consulting role with Keyot. At first, this was as surprising to me as it may be to you. However, I took the position, because after contemplating what went into hiring me — many conversations, personality assessments, and a simulated group interview — I realized that Keyot had taken the time to understand my mold. They figured out what made me tick, how I would interact with various people and environments, and they found a position that I could excel in, which coincidentally had nothing to do with my major.

People often say “you never end up doing what you got your degree in.” That’s not always true, but the idea is applicable here. You may or may not build a career off your specific degree. What’s more important is finding a company or field that allows you to explore your unique skill set and discover roles that provide a platform for you to grow beyond your mold.

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