1. Most employers do not care about your major.
    • They seek individuals with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to learn quickly. Most will expect you to begin your career in an entry-level position, learn the job, then move on to positions of greater responsibility and challenge. In the long run, your experience will matter more than your academic background.
  2. A Stanford University education is an indicator to employers that you have the ability to learn.
    • By the time you graduate, you are trained to quickly learn new subjects, analyze and synthesize complex ideas and facts, and write clearly and concisely. Most jobs will not offer the same level of intellectual challenge that you will have encountered in college. Any major will provide you with this base level of preparation.
  3. Some jobs do have specific academic requirements, and some majors can be more relevant to certain career fields.
    • As a general rule, technical jobs are more likely to require specific majors. For example, if you want to design analog circuits, you'll need an electrical engineering degree. If you want to work in the field of international development doing policy work, a PhD in economics would be very helpful. Investment banking and management consulting jobs don't require specific majors, but you'll need to demonstrate that you have strong analytical, math, and interpersonal skills. Some employers may have a preference for business-related majors such as marketing, finance or accounting, but if you can show you have the skills required, this can often outweigh the specific degree.
  4. Most graduate programs, medical, business, and law schools, do not have any academic major requirements.
    • Many programs may require some core competency or classes, but no specific majors are required for these programs. Medical schools have basic science requirements. However, you can major in whatever you want as long as you take the classes that meet the requirements before applying to medical school. If you did not major in a specific field, you may be required to take undergraduate courses when starting your graduate program. This may result in more time needed for you to complete the graduate program.
  5. Exploring your career options before declaring a major.
    • Exploring your career options before declaring a major will help you determine whether a specific major will be important or not. The Career Development Center can help you with the process of researching and identifying careers that would be rewarding and satisfying to you. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor by logging in to your Cardinal Careers account. You can also begin by researching specific career fields of interest to you.