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Why did you choose your major in college?

Don't let great interview questions like this leave you speechless if you have an unusual degree unrelated to your job target.

Many young people don't have a clue about choosing a college major.

It's common for students to change their college majors once or twice before they earn their degree.

It even takes some students 5 years to graduate because they've changed majors a few times.

There is nothing wrong with this, but...

Why was your college major in Psychology, Geography, or English Literature...and now you're applying for a marketing analyst position?

Here are the real questions going through the mind of an employer

  • Did you take the path of least resistance to get your sheep skin?
  • Have you always known what you want to do?
  • Do you have a genuine passion for a particular field or career?
  • Did your parents push you into your field of study?

Regardless of your degree choice, getting your bachelor's degree will always be one of your greatest accomplishments.

Over half of all people who enroll in college don't graduate.

Your degree proves that you can set a long term goal, and make the effort and sacrifices necessary to achieve it.

Past behavior is a good indicator of future behavior.

So don't ever hang your head in shame because your college major was Archeology, and you are now applying for a job as a purchasing manager for a steel manufacturer.

Why did you choose your college major is a great interview question.

True Story

Did you know that the CEO of one of the major TV networks has a Spanish degree?

I know this because he was the keynote speaker at my son's college graduation from Bucknell University. He mentioned in his speech that he didn't have a clue what he wanted to do when he graduated.

Looks like he's doing alright.

I also know a good production manager who has a degree in Geography. He barely made it through college, but he stuck with it and did graduate.

Did you know that John McCain graduated last in his class at the US Naval Academy?

Regardless of your college major, it's more important for you to now focus on your strengths and accomplishments that make you the best candidate for the job you want.

There will always be more positives about your degree than negatives.

Having said that, I also don't want to minimize the significance of a degree that exactly fits your career choice--especially if you graduated with honors, and from a prestigious university.

This can give you a tremendous advantage if you are competing with other candidates. It can also enhance your upward mobility within large, complex, multinational corporations.

One last thing...

Hiring authorities are always impressed with candidates who demonstrate they are a student of their craft and continually learning. In other words, you may have a general degree, but you're now taking action to update your skills.

Examples might include:

  • Keeping up with technology by taking online IT courses
  • Taking night classes at a community college to earn a double degree more in alignment with your field
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Participating in a professional association or group
  • Earning a professional certification

Whenever you are asked great interview questions about your college major, skills, or accomplishments, you will always stand out from other candidates if you continue to invest in your education and career skills.

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