Internships: Stay within major or branch out?

Posted by Brooke Curran on May 28, 2015 6:58:24 PM

You're 18, going into college and suddenly expected to choose what you want to do for the rest of your life… no pressure. I’ve seen it many times, a college student chooses a major that he/she thinks they'll enjoy and then Junior or Senior year comes around and they're still not 100% sure of what they want to do with their life. So, what do you do?

“It is important for students not to feel restricted by their major,” said Founder, CEO and Author, Lauren Berger. In today’s day and age, it is common for companies to hire outside of their field, so why are so many students stuck in the mindset that they need only apply to internships within their major? According to research done by Jaison Abel and Richard Dietz from The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, only 27% of college graduates actually get a job related to their major. So, unless it is a job with specific technical requirements that you are not qualified for, if it is something you think you'd enjoy doing and could be good at it… apply. It never hurts to apply because the worst that happens is you don’t get it. The quote “if you don’t ask, the answer is always no” comes to mind here. Having varied job experience presents you with the opportunity to discover new talents and interests while simultaneously making you a more well-rounded candidate in the job market.

So, go broaden your horizons. If you decide you want to do marketing but are not a marketing major, don’t just hope that one day a job will appear, go out and apply. As cliché as it is, your future is up to you and college is the time to begin building it.


If you could do any job, what would you do? Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Job Search, Career Advice, Internships