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What do I do with my major?
The answer is, it depends.
What industry are you most interested in working in? What career paths appeal to you?
Getting a job is more about the practical experience you receive in your undergraduate education tha nthe name of your major. For instance, what internships have you done? What special skills do you have? Have you already worked in a similar position?
Who is your network that you can ask for opportunities? Have you tried the BYU Alumni Networking List? Find someone in the industry you are interested in and ask to job shadow or interview them.
More likely than not you will find what you do outside of class holds more weight than what you do in class.
How important is networking?
Start Networking Now
As an undergraduate, you can start building a network of professional contacts who can help you decide what to do as a career.
Build a list of contacts.
Put any professionals you know on the list, including family, friends, and professors. Make sure to add new contacts to the list and update as necessary.
Meet new people.
Attend Career Fairs and other events where professionals will be in attendance. Don't be afraid to ask for contact information.
Join clubs or associations on campus and take an active role. Keep an eye out for guest lectures and seminars; these can be great chances to learn and add professionals to your network.
Keep in touch.
Every few weeks, send an email and keep your contacts up to date on any achievements. Ask for advice with help with questions you have.
Use the BYU Almuni website.
Find alumni with careers similar to your goals. Ask them for information on that career.
I wish I had...
...Completed an internship.
While it may be too late for an internship (if you are a senior), you can still look for entry-level positions in the field you are interested in. These can still give you a foot in the door at a great company or career.
...Built a list of contacts.
It is never too late to make a list of professionals you know. Have you considered friends and family? Try the BYU Alumni Services website too.
...Changed my major.
While it may seem too late to change your major, you should know that only 25% of FHSS graudates end up working in their majors. In addition, most graduates will change their careers at least 5 times after their first job.
...Done a research paper.
While opportunities for undergraduate research are important in your undergraduate education, even as a senior many opportunities exist. Get in touch with a faculty member who you can assist with in his/her research.
Who can I talk to for information on...?
In addition to the University and College internship offices, each department has its own internship office. To learn more about internships, and find your internship office, click
You can come to the Advisement Center to talk about your career options! Either schedule an appointment with an advisor or visit University Career Services to
meet with Barbara Thompson
To speak with someone about attending graduate school, either speak with an advisor or a faculty member. In addition, use the Alumni Services website to contact alumni in your desired field and ask them about their graduate school experiences and advice.
To learn more about graduation, feel free to contact your advisor. In addition, you can visit the University Graduation Services page by clicking
Other Advising Needs
If you are concerned with issues other than those of an academic nature, please see the University Counseling Center's experienced professionals. You can visit their website by clicking
What can I do with just a Bachelor's?
In some majors, the road to a career begins with different steps than other majors.
Sometimes, a Bachelor's degree will only take you so far in your career goals. If this is the case then you should:
- Look for entry-level positions in the industry you want to work in. For example, if you want to be a Human Resoures manager then consider starting as an administrative assistant in a Human Resources department and then move up from there.
- Be open to back-office jobs. Those will often be a good way to get your foot in the door to a company you like and you may end up moving through the ranks.
- Find people you know in the industry you want to work in. Are there any friends or contacts who could give you some insight? Many people change their careers and you might be surprised to see where some accomplished professionals got their start.
What "real" skills have I learned?
Each Major offered by the FHSS College has unique skills sets that you will learn and be able to share on Resumes. Click
to find different skills by Major.