You’re More Than Your College Major

At some point in our lives, we were all hit with the million dollar question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a four-year-old, this presented us with the opportunity to dive into the limitless possibilities of our imagination. But much like onesie pajamas – we outgrew this fantasy very fast.

High school hit – and people expected tangible aspirations. For the first time, your dreams of headlining the largest world tour with a hairbrush were over.

Let’s face it – deciding who you want to be for the rest of your life and settling on a college major is overwhelming. At Rutgers – New Brunswick, we understand the pressure of making decisions with long-lasting effects, especially during your teenage years. But what if we told you that many college graduates choose jobs that have nothing to do with their majors?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, on average 18 to 25-year-olds switch their jobs about every 2.8 years and change careers 2-3 times in their lifetime. People are embracing change more than ever before.

Think you need to major in business to run a Fortune 500 company someday? Let’s explore the majors behind the leaders of some of the most successful companies today:

Howard Schultz – B.S. in Communications
2000px-HBO_logo.svg.png Richard Plepler – B.A. in Government
Susan Wojcicki – B.A. in History and Literature
Carly Fiorina (Former CEO) – B.A. in Medieval History and Philosophy

Employers are interested in the skills you develop both inside and outside the classroom and through your overall collegiate journey. At Rutgers – New Brunswick we encourage exploration and offer the opportunity to mix-match your interests in unexpected ways like:

  • Major in Engineering and minor in Theater Arts
  • Double major in Psychology with American Studies and minor in Organizational Leadership
  • Major in English and double minor in Entrepreneurship and Journalism

We encourage you to join Career Clusters to view opportunities through a larger lens that extend beyond the typical major/minor combo.There are seven groups to choose from:

Not sure which Cluster is right for you? Take this quick quiz and see where you land!

What does all this mean to you? Be flexible and don’t obsess over your college major. Save your anxiety attacks for the final season of Game of Thrones.