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Is it better or more valued to receive a degree with a minor or concentration?

I will be receiving my degree in Psychology with no minor nor concentration. I am wondering if I made a wise decision by doing so? I have noticed that a majority of my friends have graduated with either a minor or concentration and I never really understood what that meant. Could it just be like a little bonus/addition to the degree in which it may allow oneself to have more opportunity within a certain field than someone else could do without it? Looking back upon it now, I sometimes wonder if it would have been a more smart idea to at least minor in something. I just hope that for my sake it does not make things harder for myself to land a job. #college-minor #majors-and-minors

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Steven’s Answer

Hi Mitchell,


In my experience area - mathematics and computer science - it's never mattered one way or the other on whether a degree had a minor or a concentration with it. I've reviewed hundreds of resumes and the only thing you mention that I've cared about on the resume was the degree. You might be surprised at how many people will claim to have a degree on a resume or application, but have never actually graduated. Don't get me wrong, I might notice a minor or concentration, but it never factored into whether I wanted the recruiting department to schedule an interview.


The most significant thing you offer is your experience. Having a degree is oftentimes the difference that determines whether a resume gets through the first screening, but what did you do while getting your degree?


Did you conduct any particularly interesting projects or research that relates to the position you would fill? Did you demonstrate leadership, or reliable team membership, in any capacity while pursuing the degree? What is it about you that will add something unique (and positive) to my team? Can I work with you? Can my teammates work with you?


The unspoken question every interviewer has when looking at you as a potential employee is "Will it be in my best interest to recommend you be hired for this position?". If you think about that question, you'll realize that being the smartest and best candidate for a position isn't a guarantee that you'll receive a job offer, so try not to get overly disappointed about rejection. If you know your discipline thoroughly, and will make a hiring team better at what they do, then you'll be competitive for the job.


Don't sweat it if you get a degree without a minor or a concentration. An employer is hiring you for the potential you offer... not for the details associated with your degree.


Best Wishes!


Steve

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Simeon’s Answer

Not having a minor won't affect your ability to get a job. Most employers are just looking to make sure that you have completed some sort of a relevant degree if it is an entry-level position. They'll care way more about any experience that you have than a minor. Minors just give you a wider skill set and maybe give you a chance to dip your toe in careers other than your major.
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