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How relevant are minors in college to a job?


Hi Rachel, you should research the top three jobs that you are interested in, and look at the requirements for the position. If you notice a trend of minors, then it might be worth looking into. Also any college advisor will be able to answer this question for you as well. Shamelle West

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Kortnee’s Answer

Hello, Rachel!


Typically, when I counsel students and they ask whether they should pursue a minor, I always allow them to question whether the minor will give them a "competitive edge" for the job market. For instance, some of my former students who majored in engineering would pursue minors in English. The English minor added a unique skill-set in English communication for my engineering students. Typically, most of my engineering students had very little interest completing college-level English courses, let alone minoring in English. My point is keep an open-mind with whatever minor you decided to pursue. And, please ensure you meet with a counselor on-campus regarding your desire to pursue a minor.


Best of luck with your educational and professional endeavors!

-Kortnee B.


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Jacob’s Answer

Hi, Rachel,


I think Shamel gave you some very practical advice and encourage you to do that research. I'd like to offer an alternative perspective, though. If I were interviewing you for a job, I might wonder why YOU think your minor is relevant to the job you are pursuing. Your resume is a platform to showcase your experience, education, and talent. Frame your degrees, prior work experience, and skills the way you want to. Find a way to make every bit of your resume show anyone who might read it why you are right for the job.


I hope this helps - don't hesitate to reach out. Good luck!


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Michael’s Answer

I personally feel that minors can play a big role in finding and helping with your job search. I have three minors and of those I have used them all. Minors can give you that insight that might be needed depending on your field of study or the field that you decided to explore with your career. Once you find your career a lot of companies will actually pay for you to finish your degree or expand on your degree (Masters). My career field was not one that my major was for. I have actually explored and ran with on of my minors. I know that this does not always happen, it is just nice to have options and personally I feel that is what minors give you, Options!!

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Shamelle’s Answer

Hi Rachel, you should research the top three jobs that you are interested in, and look at the requirements for the position. If you notice a trend of minors, then it might be worth looking into. Also any college advisor will be able to answer this question for you as well.


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