/ Asked by Steven
How much does your college major matter when it comes to job qualification? I have a degree in mathematics, but I have been turned away by many industries just because my degree was not in "finance", "computer science", "engineering", etc. Is a math degree worthless? Are there realty any "worthless" degrees?
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on Friday, April 27, 2018
This is a good question, but extremely important. Your college major in some industries is very important for it is the job qualification for entry-level jobs. As an example, we are a chemical manufacture, therefore, majority of our jobs require Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering degrees. In the qualifications section of job descriptions, companies will list what degrees required or preferred. If you have a math degree you should research into what positions would be good fit for that degree as well as companies who look for that specific qualification. No, degree is worthless, but you usually pick your degree based upon your interest now and for the future. I encourage you to look around for there are positions who leave degrees as open.
Answered by Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Great question! It really depends on the organization and the function you are looking at. If you have the basic qualifications and knowledge as well as a willingness to learn, you can still get a job that isn’t necessarily aligned with your major. When interviewing, it is important to show how your knowledge and experiences in mathematics translate to other fields, such as finance or computer science. No degree is outright worthless, it still shows that you had the drive and passion to learn. A degree would only be worthless, if you are unable speak to it and your experiences. Hope this helps!
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