How to Choose a College Major When You Are Confused and Don't Know What to Do

Dear Office Mom,

When should I get a bachelors of business instead of pursuing a more technical degree first and getting into business later (i.e. graduate level, or just through promotion)? I have some business experience, but limited technical experience.
— Studious
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Dear Studious,

Thank you for contacting Your Office Mom! I definitely have some career advice and education options. I think the answer to your question depends on what you want to do career wise and determining which degree and skills support your likelihood of getting said job. You might major in business and get a techie minor, or vice versa. Do that, and you can add your minor to your resume to illustrate your broad knowledge and skill base.

If it were me, I might opt for a technical degree and a minor in business. If I had a do-over today, that’s what I would do. Why? Technical knowledge is a real asset in the job market these days and there’s no sign that will change, while business majors are quite plentiful. You can get a job in business with a techie degree, but not necessarily the other way around. Select one or the other for a minor (or a double major, if you want to complete extra hours) and you will be positioned quite nicely!

Regardless of what you choose, If you decide to go back to school to pursue a master’s degree, I suggest you work in the real world for a couple of years before doing so. You can learn a great deal from that experience, and you may discover your true passion more specifically. I’m all for education, but getting away from academia can be a good thing, especially in the world of work. You may have more clarity about who you want to be when you grow up, and you won’t be all about "theory" on the job. Good luck! I hope this helps.



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