Why It's Okay Not to Have a So-Called "Practical Major" in College

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College is an investment in your future, and as with any investment, you want to make sure that it will pay off. Will going to college set me up for the type of life I want to lead after the four years are over? There's nothing wrong with thinking this way - in fact, it makes a whole lot of sense to. You want to make sure you're putting your time and money into something that will be worthwhile, and that, yes, can help lead you to a job after graduation. Unfortunately, that often means that people choose majors simply because it feels like the safe path to take, even if they could be studying something that they are far more passionate about.

I graduated from college just a few short years ago, but if there's one thing that I've learned from the experience, it's this: you do not need a practical college major to succeed after graduation. Here's why you shouldn't worry so much about your college major.

Employers Don't Care About It (for the Most Part, Anyway)

Did you know that many career counselors advice recent graduates to put their college education at the bottom of their resume? That's not because employers don't care about the school you went to - it's because it matters a lot less than the field experience you received while there. You may have studied art history in college, but if you're applying for a business job that requires many of the skills you picked up while running the student art gallery, you're a far better fit than someone who walks in with only a degree in business.

You Need to Be Invested In Your Major to Succeed at It

Sure, maybe you can pull off straight A's in your accounting courses, but if you're not invested in the future your major can provide then you probably also won't be that invested in nabbing real-world experience or making connections with people in the field. A college major alone doesn't build a career.

Your Impractical Major Probably Isn't as Impractical as You Think...

The thought of spending a ton of money on a "useless" degree may be distressing, but there's really no such thing. A film major may conjure up ideas of a starving artist scrapping together Kickstarter funds for their short film, but that would be ignoring the huge entertainment industry that former film majors are a part of everyday. There's a real-world tie in for every major if you're flexible enough in what you want to do.

...And a Practical Major Might Not Be So Practical

Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that any degree will land you a job. Sure, some major "paths" are more clear cut then others, but in today's economy, there's no such thing as a sure thing anymore. That shouldn't be discouraging - it just means you have permission to seek out opportunities that don't fit the traditional path if it's not what you want.

Your Major Doesn't Define Your Experience

Your classes are one thing - your passions are another. I've met psychology majors who interned at TV networks and art students who worked on social justice campaigns. You can be interested in studying one area while still dipping your toes in other things you're passionate about. You'll get a more well-rounded experience if you open yourself up to many possibilities for what education can mean.

You Might Do Better in School Overall

Sorry, but no one will be impressed that you barely passed your chem classes. If you realize that you're falling asleep in every lecture because you're so bored by the material, do yourself a favor and find a major that will keep you engaged - you'll definitely do better overall if you can stay awake for an entire session.

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