You’ve heard it before, what you major in does not matter once you get into the real world. In fact, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, only 27.3% of college graduates work in a field associated with their major.
When I first started hearing this, it really made me unmotivated to challenge myself in college. I went with Business Management as my major, one where I could learn the basics of business but that was not going to be overly challenging. I knew that the real education was in “the real world” and I would learn fast as soon as I had my first job. BIG MISTAKE. Management? Why is this still a major? And why is it in the business school? It should be in the psychology department if it exists at all.
What your major actually dictates is what and whom you will be surrounded by for a set period of time in college. What your mind is surrounded by becomes habit and real knowledge. The people you surround yourself with and the conversations you hear and partake in is where learning takes actually place.
Choose a difficult major. It will challenge you and force you to work with classmates to find solutions. These other people that chose a difficult major are likely highly motivated as well. The more time you spend around highly motivated people, the more they rub off on you. The more your mind becomes engaged. The more you problem solve. And these are the skills you can take into the real world, no matter what field you work in.
So, does your major matter? Not really, but at the same time, heck yes it does! I wish I would have chose Finance. Not because I work or want to work in this field, but because it provides a solid base knowledge for how the business world and economy in general works. More importantly, some of the smartest, most motivated people I know majored in finance. I want to be surrounded by these people and work with them so success becomes my habit. Will you choose success?