How hard can it be to get a career in a field unrelated to your major?
I'm looking forward to college and studying Biology (or Geology) and writing/communication. I'm gonna play music and two sports on the side, work a job, hang out with friends, and pretty much whale away at my future without a shred of a plan. Ok, so I'm kidding about that last part, but I really am not as sure as I used to be about what I want to do with the rest of my life. I used to really want to go into the biomedical sciences, which I know is a very promising career field that I think I'd be really good at, but I'm starting to wonder how much I'd enjoy it 20, 30 years in the future. I'm a really outdoors-minded person (I literally work at a kayak/sport shop), and I recently discovered that I really enjoy writing/journalism. I also really want to help people in need, give back, and do some good in the world. I read a little bit about a career in Emergency Management, and I feel like that's a job that I'd be really good at, would enjoy doing, and would feel good about myself at the end of the day for doing it. It's a 2-year degree track, though, and I want to get least a 4 year degree because of all the options it opens up to me. To sum up, I guess I want to get a degree in Biology because of all the career choices it opens up to me, but I don't quite know what I want to do with it yet. Could you help me pare down my options a little bit? Thanks!
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Relatable skills, also known as transferrable skills, refer to the things you know from one job or industry that could help you get ahead in another. For instance, studying biology could help you break into journalism as a science writer. Likewise, the research skills you pick up in biology would most definitely come in handy as a journalist. Think about the skills and experiences you have that could be leveraged in your new field, and put together an elevator pitch that explains how and why those skills will help you. In fact, having that kind of diversified background can actually make you MORE attractive to an employer because you bring something different to the table.
Additionally, there are tons of cohort-based learning programs at large companies these days; the important thing is to show you have the interest in learning those skills. As long as you have translatable aptitudes, the company will give you the skills.
To sum up: Understand what skills you already have, embrace that you're bringing something different to the role than other candidates, and be eager to learn.
My advice? Beyond the required suff, take classes that interest you - whatever they're about. Find what you like, what interests you. Get a broad education and figure it out as you go - the advice above from Celine is especially on point! Have fun, learn things, you'll find it.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: