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How do you know your selected major in college will get you a successful job right out of college?

Business major
Currently a senior
Marketing

+25 Karma if successful
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Subject: Career question for you

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Bruce B.’s Answer

I recommend doing your research to see what jobs are going to be in demand in the next few years and see if any of those types of jobs interest you. Since your major is Marketing/Business, I may suggest searching the Fintech Industry, which involves working for large banks, Discover, VISA, etc. Big corporations allow for plenty of career growth which means higher salaries and more opportunities for career advancement. I think job hunting is easier than it was say, 20 years ago, before the invention of LinkedIn, Indeed, etc. In the old days, you had to buy Sunday newspapers from major cities and pour over the Classified Ads to see if there is an opportunity in your field. Then, mail in your resume on fancy stock paper hoping that someone will call you. Now you have access to every company, recruiter, and job opportunity electronically with instant feedback. Many interviews are now done over video conferencing, like Microsoft Teams. Master sites like LinkedIn and learn how to interview and put together a proper resume from YouTube channels. (the stuff they don't teach you in college)

I wish you well in your future endeavors.
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Anthony’s Answer

Hello,
Please, note the following concerning your selected major, relating to a successful job :-
1. Consider the type of major, the level of your INTEREST and KNOWLEDGE in the major.
2. Consider the type or kind of business/job you are interested.
3. Consider whether the MAJOR and the BUSINESS/JOB match each other, or otherwise.
4. Favourable marketing conditions and government policies.
Best regards in your vision.
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Zachary’s Answer

You don't is the honest answer. It is a combination of persistence and repetition and exposure, and quantities of quality effort put forth in networking honing ones craft and applying. Much like the sales ideology its the power of numbers, and the deliberation you put forth in where you network and reach out.
There are ways to increase the chances of success though leveraging linkedin, Indeed, etc. creating clear concise profiles. Along with this reaching out to companies/ individuals/ referencing their work and educational history of those that are in a role that you aspire for. If you want what they have do what they do.
Practice the art of interviewing, learning your value added, being able to sell yourself and your capabilities. Are you organized, a fast learner or do you are you consistently able to leverage and translated learning opportunities into tangible compounded ROI's on the individual and collective level.

Zachary recommends the following next steps:

Read articles about preparing, and about the company you are seeking know what they are doing selling, quality of life people whom work there have.
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
Send thank you notes after each interview weather phone or in person
When you don't get a role or do not hear ask for feedback learn why they went in another direction this is a very hard but very lucrative learning opportunity
Thank you comment icon Zachary, thank you! Abigail
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Frances’s Answer

Abigail, It truly depends on what your definition of success is. Is your definition wealth, career satisfaction, home-work balance or something else? In addition, you really do not know if your major will land you the correct job for you right out of college. Most people who have been in a particular industry will tell you that they had to search around a bit to find the perfect fit and then maybe they just ‘settled’ in their present position because it gave them 2 out of 3 of the things they were looking for most in a career.
There are many things you can do to increase your success rate in finding a good fit and success in landing the right job. All of them start with you and building your network and knowledge about your intended career.

Frances recommends the following next steps:

1. Take internships or summer jobs that relate to or are in some way related to your field of study.
2. Read about your field
3. Do not be shy. Talk to your boss or people in the industry – connect on LinkedIn
4. Research companies in the industry you would like to be in and follow those that interest you.
5. Go to your college career office or business school department. Make connections in your field.
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