Ask Vicki: Can I get a job outside of my college degree?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi explains how your education background affects your job opportunities.
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Q. Can I get a job outside of my college degree?
A. You can absolutely shift career paths! I’ve seen this successfully done time and time again.* The fact that you are earning your degree speaks volumes. Employers will want to know what degree you earned and what you studied, but as a recruiter, I’d be more focused on the types of internships you’ve taken, your skills and experiences (study abroad counts, as well). Subject matter counts, too, so if you’re passionate about psychology and can fit in psychology classes, go for it. (I actually majored in psychology!) I knew at the time that understanding people would be a valuable asset to have during every stage of my life—both business and personal.
*As a former Big 4 recruiter, I was only able to internally recruit candidates for certain positions if they had a degree in accounting. If they earned a degree in business or economics, I was not able to hire them. So, it can help if you can work backwards and begin with the end in mind. For example, if you want to eventually pursue a career in communications, start looking at job openings on Monster to determine what type of degree the jobs require.