While many parents stress about what their college-bound teenagers’ future academic majors will be, a new study suggests that this decision will not necessarilydefine a child’s career path.
Nearly half of new college graduates end up in first jobs that are not related to their majors, according to the survey by CareerBuilder, which is the world’s largest online job website. What’s more, 32% of college-educated workers say they never ended up working in a field related to their major.
If these statistics sounds discouraging, 64% of employees who were surveyed said they were happy with their chosen career and 61% believed they could still achieve their dream job.
Thirty-six percent of those surveyed did say they wished they had selected a different academic major.
What is important is having a bachelor’s degree since that piece of paper provides a significant advantage in the job market. In a tough job market, it’s important for new college grads to be flexible and open to taking position outside their majors.
“Taking the knowledge gained in college and branching out with it in unexpected directions is common after graduating,” said Rosemary Haefner, a CareerBuilder executive. “In most cases, workers who went into a new field ended up liking the new industry. Odds are you won’t get that dream job right out of school, but it’s important to remember that there are many different paths.