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How important is having a minor?

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I am a Business Administration major with an emphasis in Hospitality Management. I needed more credits so I decided to add on a Communication minor. How important is having that extra title with "minor" to your resume and future career? #business #communication #college-minor #resume

Dear Chloe, I would include it because it does look nice, however, do not include it just because of the advantage of having it. Make sure that you are passionate about what you are minoring in because that is what is important to show future employers. Christi W. Translate
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Chris’s Answer

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Hi Chloe - First off, good for you in considering what employers may consider when looking at your qualifications. If you needed the credits to graduate then might as well do something to give you an edge on the competition. It's always ideal to complement your degree with additional skills employers will find valuable. Communication is an important piece of knowledge to have even if you have zero desire to go into communications/marketing.

The only adverse effect to you doing an additional minor is if 1) it requires additional classes outside the electives you need or 2) it's going to stress you out as your trying to complete your degree.

Good luck with your future goals.
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Carol’s Answer

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Hey there!
I think having a minor is a great way to stand out. Depending on the job and what your major/minor is, it may have relevance to the job you are applying, which can only be a good thing!
It also gives you different avenues to apply. For example, if you majored in accounting and received a minor in sports mgmt, you may look at applying at athletic companies in their accounting dept. Your minor shows the company that you understand their business more than someone without that minor and may give you a leg up on your competition, while your major shows that you understand the core of what your job duties will be..
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Stephanie’s Answer

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Similar with some of the other comments, if you are going to go through the coursework definitely take the step to list it on your resume. For your first few years out of school (or your first job after graduation), it can be a good way to set you apart from your classmates. I recommend selecting a minor in an area that has broad application (such as a language, or skill) that you have interest in or a passion for. Communications definitely fits that, so congrats on already taking an important step!

The best way to have a minor help is to demonstrate why it was important to you. For example, I had a minor in a specific language because when I was in college I aspired to have a role that required me to speak multiple languages. People will be able to feel your passion and it makes you a more memorable job candidate.
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Katy’s Answer

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Include it. It shows another area of expertise which is important to the field you are applying for and that you have an interest in this area. Good choice by the way.
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Natalie’s Answer

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Hi Chloe, I agree with a lot of the answers here. A minor can show your interests to employers that may not be obvious when first looking at your resume. I have a minor in a language and I really enjoyed having that. It was very different from my accounting major so it provided a fun break from some of my more challenging classes, which could help with your GPA. While it is not exactly in line with accounting, I think that employers appreciate you going beyond what is just required to pursue something else you are interested in, if that is available to you.

You may also find that some minors have overlapping requirements with your major requirements, so it would only be a few additional classes. This is another option to think about when considering whether to add the minor.
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Hanleigh’s Answer

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Hi! I think it shows that you had additional coursework outside of your major, which looks great!
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