“Business Jobs” Don’t Necessarily Require Business Majors

This is well worth reading; it’s called “How Art History Majors Power the U.S. Economy” by Virginia Postrel:

“Not everyone is the same. One virtue of a developed economy is that it provides niches for people with many different personalities and talents, making it more likely that any given individual can find a job that offers satisfaction.”

h/t to Erica McCormack for the pointer!

 

 

Erica McCormack

Website Wednesday

Website Wednesday is a regular feature in which we highlight one (or a couple) of sites from the Billions floating around the Intertoobz that just might help you with your Herculean task of educating inquiring minds. Any and all suggestions for future editions are welcome.

On Monday, I was sitting in the Student Pathways Task Force presentation, when conversation rolled around to the topic of how to inform students about the connections between majors and careers (and how students are often unsure, confused, or misinformed), and Maria Jaskot-Inclan (Wright College) mentioned a Web site to which Wright links, hosted by the University of Tennessee. So I checked it out, and it’s pretty great stuff, as promised.

The site is called “What Can I Do With This Major?” and for the majors I checked out, it looks like a really helpful and more comprehensive site than most of the others I checked out while looking for this one. It’s also pretty informative about the majors themselves.

Each major is broken up into three columns: one that lists the areas of study within the major (to a decent level of detail), one that lists the categories of employers who might be interested in this major, and one that lists information and strategy suggestions for pursuing that major with an eye on a future career.

For me, the test of these things is always what they say about Philosophy majors. I know, I know–it begs for a joke, right? But not a joke in sight. In fact they hit on most of the things that I highlight for students when I get asked that question and add a few more to boot.

Not only that, but if you go back a level, the site is presented along with a whole suite of tools for career seeking students including a guide to majors that, again, I found to be unusually clear and thorough. There is also an explanation of the S.T.E.P. strategy for choosing a major (complete with a nice Prezi!), which I would have found to be helpful back in the day, I think.

In any case, my point is that there are a lot of resources to explore and learn about unfamiliar majors, careers and possibilities for students and advisors alike. Enjoy!