Hey Guys -
The other day, I was thinking about how I got to be where I am now (being a senior makes you really self reflective). I thought back to the days I was deciding my major, deciding what career I wanted out of life. I always knew I wanted to be a business major (okay that’s a lie … at first, I wanted to be an actress) but I was unsure which major to choose.
At Providence College, we offer a handful of business majors. The following are some of our choices here at PC.
1. Finance: I love numbers (and not to brag, but I think I’m pretty good at them). So finance was something I considered for a while. I googled careers in finance, what I could do with the major, etc. One of the best sources of information on careers in finance is CFA and the CFA Career Mapping Quiz. If anyone is interested in that major, I highly recommend that you take it. The career mapping quiz is a quick online interactive tool that students can use to discover the options a career in finance can offer. (If you are interested, you can find it on mobile and desktop at careermapping.cfainstitute.org). However, at the end of the day, I realized I’m better at conceptual numbers (algebra and calculus) then logistical numbers (finance and accounting). If you’re lucky to be gifted enough when it comes to math and the financial world, then our finance program is for you.
2. Accounting: As stated before, I realized accounting wasn’t my strong suit (conceptual vs logistical numbers). That being said, I have so many friends here at PC that are Accounting majors (and love it). I highly recommend it to those interested in a world of numbers and accounting.
3. Management: I came into PC declared as a Management major. I truly loved it. My professor for Intro was amazing (Professor McIntyre, who was also my adviser). That being said, it was just a transformation of my future career that led me to switch majors. I loved management but I realized that my main goal wasn’t to lead (although that was certainly apart of it) but to more so dissect the essence of business. Audiences. Products. Markets.
4. Marketing: As you may have guessed, this is where I ended up. Marketing. AND I LOVE IT. It’s truly the perfect fit for me. But without the struggle of figuring out what career I wanted to inevitably have (for me, it’s entertainment marketing and publicity), I never would have ended up where I am now.
So my advice to incoming freshman is to not worry about your major. Take classes broadly. Study without fear. Your passions will come to you, and when they do, pursue them.
Have a great week,