Dump The Extra Majors And Use College As A Time To Learn About Yourself
Current college fad: racking up double, triple and even quadruple majors in order to impress future employers.
Here’s some advice to all you triple majors: Get a life. If you want to impress employers, use college as a time to demonstrate creativity, curiosity, quick learning and good social skills. Here’s why:
College is an early opportunity to decide what you want to do with yourself, one course at a time. Cramming your schedule full of required courses for two or three majors is a rejection of creativity; in effect, you allow someone else to dictate your path for four years. Business visionaries set paths to goals that other people could never have thought of. Practice being a visionary in college by choosing a path no one else could choose.
If you love learning then you will take whatever classes you want and you don’t worry if they add up to another major.
Employers need people who will be curious even after the grading system is over. In college learn for learning’s sake, not for the department head’s approval.
A broad education teaches you to learn diverse topics quickly. Practice learning something totally new by taking courses in each of the departments in your college rather than cowering in the safety of topics you’re majoring in. Business requires a wide breadth of knowledge—writing, finance, technology, psychology, sociology.
You can’t learn every idea in school, but you can learn to pick up new ideas quickly.
Once you’re committed to choosing just one major, stay away from business. In college you need to learn how to think broadly and critically. How you think is much more important than if you know how to map a brand strategy. You have your whole life to study business; college is your time for Shakespeare, Schopenhauer and science experiments. In this new era of downtrodden, low-key CEOs, one CEO stands out for her star power: Carly Fiorina. And guess what her major was? English.
Finally, take some blow-off courses. You need time to develop social skills, because when it comes to business they cannot be stressed enough. Go to parties and make conversation with someone you didn’t think you liked. Figure out how to like something about that person, because figuring out how to like even the most unlikable people is an important part of management.
Learn how to make people like you. The smartest are not promoted. The most likeable are promoted. Dump the extra majors and use college as a time to learn about yourself. The more you understand yourself the better you will be able to relate to other people. That’s what will really help you to succeed in business.