In the movie Forrest Gump (1994), Forrest befriends Bubba, a soldier with a passion for shrimp. In a scene from the movie, Bubba explains the many ways shrimp can be prepared:
Just like the many options that exist for preparing shrimp, there is a wide array of possibilities for college majors. You will invest much of your time and energy into the major of your choice, so it should be something that excites you. Additionally, you probably want to know that the major you choose will lead to gainful employment that keeps you satisfied beyond your years in the classroom.
You should feel empowered to study what you love, in spite of the myths that exist that may make it scary to do this:
Myth: You’ll never get the job you want unless you pick the “right” major. Truth: Students across all academic disciplines land exciting jobs every day!
Myth: Everyone in my life will disown me if I choose the “wrong” major. Truth: While your choice of major may prove to be shocking to others in your life at first, you will find encouragement and support from others throughout your process.
It is important to explore your options. UVM has a very rich, diverse curriculum and faculty and staff who are here to support your learning. You can also research possible majors and career outcomes by using the resources offered by Career Services, and outside resources (such as MyMajors.com). You should gather as much information as you need to make your decision comfortably and confidently.
If you are a current UVM student and want to talk more about choosing a major, please come to drop-in hours at Career Services, L/L E-140, Monday- Thursday from 1-4, or at the Davis Center on Tuesdays from 11-1, in Rosa Parks Place.
Intern:Cody Searles, ‘11 Major:English Internship Title: Classical Music Intern Company: Vermont Public Radio Website: www.vpr.org Current Postion: A&R Coordinator, Putamayo World Music
Briefly tell us about the organization you were with: Vermont Public Radio is Vermont’s source for independent non-biased news, information, music and cultural exploration. Specifically, VPR Classical presents classical music with interesting historical background and hosts live performances of local musicians.
What did you like best about this internship? What was most challenging? The people. I was able to get a lot of guidance and experience through their instruction and patience. The most challenging part was to be self-sufficient and accurate. Especially working inside a massive database, I had to be thorough as well as productive. Being able to answer my own questions through critical analysis of previous work and entries was a key skill in order to be successful at my internship.
How did you gain credit for this internship? Through EDSS 239! It rocks! During my final semester at school, I had a serious revelation while sitting in the first week’s classes of an elective–it was senseless to take a class I didn’t care for rather than intern at a place which could extend beyond graduation. In retrospect this was a life-changing decision as I am now employed right out of school partially because of my decision to stay involved in internships in the music industry rather than take a “filler” class.
What impact did this internship have on your career direction? It had a massive impact. I transitioned from VPR to interning at Putumayo World Music at the end of the school year and into the summer and then was hired as A&R Coordinator. The work I did at VPR and the people there greatly influenced my abilities to fill this position. Basically, I could not be where I am now without my previous internship experience.
What advice do you have for students searching for internships? Aim high and apply, even if you think you can’t get the internship. You never know until someone tells you no. Once you get one, work hard! It’s worth it. And get credit! It is awesome to be able to lighten the class load and get real-life experience simultaneously.
Both Burlington and UVM’s campus are buzzing with activity—sure signs the new academic year has arrived. We in Career Services have had a busy summer, launching web site innovations, making plans to improve our alumni network, and building relationships with employers. Best of all, we will soon unveil our new exterior entrance, visually reinforcing Career Services’ interest in welcoming students, employers, faculty, alumni and friends.
Worried about the sluggish employment rate? The best response is to start early, build a history of excellence, intentionally create strong relationships of trust and confidence, and use the resources at UVM! Let he friendly experts in Career Services help you.
Employers, whether you are seeking interns, part-time staff or long term professionals, and regardless of your size or location, Career Services staff will work with you to access the huge pool of talent UVM students offer.
Faculty, whether you are interested in integrating career development information or assignments into your classes, connecting with businesses and organizations, or facing career-related advising challenges, the professionals in Career Services are available to you.
Deciding on your major is definitely an important decision. It is also a decision that you do not have to make entirely on your own. There are many resources around you including faculty, your faculty advisor, academic advisors in the Dean’s Office of your college (Arts & Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, etc.), your friends and family, and of course Career Services!
Here are some good questions to ask yourself when you’re considering a major:
Does the subject matter sincerely interest me?
What have I enjoyed about the classes I have taken in this major so far?
When I look at course descriptions of upper level classes in this major, am I excited and intrigued?
Yes, choosing a major is a big decision, but it is not a decision that absolutely defines the rest of your life or career choices. It is a choice that often impacts your job or career choices, but it is not the only thing that defines you. Please come talk with us at Career Services about choosing a major as well as exploring internships, part time jobs or summer jobs related to different majors.