If your goals include job offers upon graduation, you’ll want to choose your major carefully, says Vicki Lynn, senior vice president of Universum, a global talent recruiting company that works with many Fortune 500 companies. To help navigate the numerous options available today, we took a closer look at five degrees you may want to avoid.
According to Lynn, architecture is such an industry-specific major. “If there’s not a job offer waiting when you graduate, then it can be very frustrating because it can be very hard to maneuver into another career path with this degree due to its narrow focus,” says Lynn.
Philosophy or Religious Studies
“In my opinion, these degrees are not at all marketable,” says Lynn. “I don’t even know what people do with these degrees to be honest. Unless they’re willing to go all the way to a PhD in philosophy, for instance, their career paths are zero.”
Anthropology or Archeology
Lynn says a bachelor’s degree in either anthropology or archeology is “totally limiting. Except for on a faculty or doing tours to the Parthenon, I don’t know what you would actually do with this [degree]…”
Area Ethnic or Civilization Studies
“Some degrees have really bizarre names, and if you have one of those and you have to try to explain it to the recruiter or an employer, it’s not helping you, so I would avoid them. These two fall into that category,” she says.
At first glance, a bachelor’s degree in information systems might seem like a great fit for the “Information Age.” And in truth, it might be. But it’s also true, says Lynn, that this degree suffers from being related to – but not the same as – more sought-after degrees such as computer science.
Have you taken up any of these most unwanted degrees? How do you cope with the very limited career options that these degrees offer? Feel free to share your job search woes and successes with us via the comment box below!
Source: Terence Loose, Yahoo Education
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