/ Asked by sanchari
I'm pursuing a bachelor in computer applications now, but I don't want an IT job. It's too hectic and the pay isn't that great either. Any recommendation on what I should study after graduation? Pursue a masters? Any suggestions on where to start?
Answered by Aliyah, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, on Monday, September 26, 2016
A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Applications is a broad degree so there are options you can choose beyond just an IT job. It really depends on what you like to do, what elective courses you have taken to diversify your degree and your willingness to learn a new functionality. Plus, some of the positions I have hired are sort of hybrid-ing the education backgrounds.
For example, this year I have had hiring managers wanting someone with a Marketing background but understands computer technology to either help with product marketing of our high technology or to write internal communication summaries of innovative new technology… as an Intern. I have hired a Project Management Intern who understand computer technology, Technical Marketing Intern who knows a little computer science to summaries data, Sales Engineer Intern with a computer science degree, Quality Assurance Intern who understands quality and it relations to computer technology and business and more.
You need to decide, what is it you like and if you still have time before you graduate, how to diversify and enhance your degree to match those career goals.
Good luck!
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, September 30, 2016
There are many times when people start off down one path in their education and while on that path, they realize that it might not be what they want to do for the long term. Depending on where you are in pursuing your degree, you have a couple of options. Do you have another area of study which interests you? Have you taken a class or classes that you find that you feel passionate about? If you have definitive answers to those questions, it may make sense to look into what it would mean to switch your major to those areas. If it wouldn't make sense to switch majors, then there are still options available to you. Having a degree in computer applications can be applied to various areas of a large company; the obvious being IT, but you can also apply it to Marketing, HR, Project Management, and many others. Depending on how creative you are, having a background in computer applications can take you down a more graphic design road. Also, another thing to keep in mind is that an IT job can vary dramatically from one company to another and one industry to another. It would be beneficial to you to explore various options before you dismiss it as a career, if you are thinking of making a change due to low pay and it being too hectic. It may surprise you! Good luck to you!
Answered by Lina, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's always difficult to realize that the field you wanted to go into may not be what you want after all. When I was in college I changed my major three times. A change of major may not always be the best option but if you are not too far along in completing your degree, it's an option worth exploring.

Have you though about what other fields or careers interest you? This would be a good place to start. Consider what you want in a career, what you enjoy doing and what you're good at. Talk to your school's career counselors, they may be able to steer you in the right direction or towards a field that aligns more with what you want. Once you have an idea of what you want to pursue, I recommend getting experience in that field through internships, researching companies that interest you, and building your network. Attend career fairs and information sessions on your campus and speak to representatives of companies that interest you. Hope this helps - good luck!
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