How is my major related to my career goals?

Many college freshmen think that they should make their career decision first and then base their major decision primarily on their career goal. There are, however, very few professional careers that require a specific major. Some professional career fields, such as Nursing, will have licensing requirements that depend on a specific undergraduate major, but for most careers, you have considerable flexibility in your choice of major. Plus, you are bound to have multiple jobs and careers throughout your life, so transferrable skills will be key. Good grades, communication and technical skills, writing and analytical ability, experience and leadership are typically more important to employers than major. Be sure to meet with a career advisor in the Career Development Center to learn how to build an IU experience that will prepare you for long-term career success. If you are considering a career in medicine, dentistry, or other healthcare field or in law, be sure to consult with the Health Professions and Prelaw Center