Your College Degree ≠ Your Career Path

Your College Degree ≠ Your Career Path

This week’s podcast, “Choosing Your Career Path for Graduating College Students,” is Part One of a two-part series. In the podcast, I cover three main points:

  1. Don’t expect to land your dream job right out of college.
  2. Your degree does not have to equal your career choice.
  3. Follow your bliss, and the money will come.

Today, I want to dive deeper into #2. I’m giving you 10 examples from my clients (okay, one of the examples is me) who have followed non-traditional career paths with their college degree.

Hopefully, this gives you some perspective on what’s available to you, because I want you to do #3 (follow your bliss) instead of following a pre-conceived notion of what you can do with your major.

As if you had to consult your major to get permission to follow a career path. Nope.

Here’s this week’s food for thought:

  • A music education major who is now a career coach (that’s me)

  • German major who is an entrepreneur (something to do with bitcoin)

  • Accounting major who specializes in human resources information systems

  • Mechanical engineering major who manages a cleaning franchise

  • English and Spanish major who does marketing

  • Psychology/sociology major who is in human resources

  • Rhetoric and legal studies major who is in corporate operations

  • Biology major who is in healthcare patient satisfaction

  • Animal sciences major who does facilities management

  • Communications/public relations major who works for a utilities company to measure and improve the customer experience

If some of these seem far-fetched…they are. If I mapped out each person’s path from their major to their current job title, it would make more sense.

But that’s not the point.

The point is: Follow your bliss (#3). Over the years, hundreds of college students have asked me the exact same question: “What can I do with a major in ____?”

My answer has always been the same: “That’s the wrong question. The correct question is “What do I want to do with a major in _____?”

Of course, identifying your bliss, and mapping out a strategy to get there, isn’t easy. Or quick.

Otherwise, everyone would be in their ideal job, loving work, happy as can be to go to work every day.

We all know that’s not happening.

Do you want quick and easy, or do you want bliss?

If it’s the latter, let’s talk.

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