About 25 years ago I was interviewing a young woman for a position in auditing for out finance company. We usually hired about 3-5 auditors a year depending upon turnover. This job was our entry level position and we looked for accounting degrees, experience if they had it, and the ability to communicate among other things. This woman’s résumé had two majors listed on it; first was Accounting and a prior one was Park and Recreation League Management. Curious I asked why the two degrees and what the park and rec major was about. I will always remember her answer!
She said park and rec majors got jobs with park systems in cities to manage the programs and parks, but there were very few jobs in the field so she had to go back and get an accounting degree. I asked what people do with park and rec majors and she said as I recall: 70% of them go into teaching in this field! She said she would walk by the park and rec classrooms while back in college studying accounting, and wanted to yell at the students in the classes: “get out, there are no jobs in this field”! She did make me laugh, but also made me wonder how many more majors are out there like that?
In the last few year with college costs high, college debt high, and college grads complaining about no jobs, how many of these people who can’t find work have bizarre majors like that?
And how much did they invest to get them?
When it came time for my kids to go to school I was concerned about what they would study. I was fortunate that they got practical majors in college and got jobs in their fields
of study. Most of my friends have college grad kids who also got jobs fairly soon after graduating, even in this market. They studied in fields that have opportunities for jobs and income, not a bad idea.