Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Job Search Traps: What To Do With a History Major

I find this particular mental trap frequently expressed by recent graduates. It runs something like this: “I majored in chemistry so should find a job in the science field.” Well, that may be true—but then again, maybe not. If that were always the case, what would those with more esoteric majors such as philosophy do?

To set yourself free from the Major=Job trap, I would suggest getting some insightful feedback on what others see as your abilities.

By way of illustration, consider Toby (name disguised), a guy with personality plus. He enters a room and the room comes alive. Everyone knows he’s there; and if you were to ask his friends about his skills, the word charisma would come up more than once. So what does Toby choose to major in? Public relations? Psychology? Business? No. He chose history. So Toby upon graduation found himself puzzling about what to do with that history major. “Hmmmmm,” he often mumbled. “Exactly what was I thinking when I chose THIS major? And Now what am I going to do?”

Fortunately for Toby, he listened to positive feedback from others—career counselors included—and landed a job in sales where his personal charisma is valued as an asset.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/05 at 05:01 PM
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