Many college students major in areas of interest in college but later find it difficult to discover what specific career paths they are able to take with their chosen degree. Perhaps this is you, and you are wondering what you can do to prevent having a gap on your resume. Or maybe you are looking for a career change and wish to use the knowledge and skills acquired from your degree in a different manner but cannot quite figure out how.
Look for Opportunities
The internet is your friend when trying to discover new ways to use your college degree. Use the search engine to seek out positions that are related to your educational background, even if indirectly, and see if any positions interest you. If some of them do pique your interest, investigate companies that employ or contract workers for those positions. Do not be discouraged if you do not appear to be directly qualified. Apply anyway. You don’t know what a hiring manager is looking for, and you might have exactly the skills and expertise for the position.
Think outside the box. Perhaps you have an advanced degree in finance or economics but do not like the idea of a 9 to 5 in a business setting each day. Providing your knowledge as a service in the form of a banking expert or financial consultant may be the route you wish to take. Or maybe you have a journalism or communications degree and are still waiting to find a job in your desired field. In the meantime, you could use your writing and communication skills as a copywriter, editor, or proofreader. You can perform any of these roles as a paid employee or as a freelancer.
There are a variety of ways that the degree that interested you in college has prepared you to provide those skills as a service to others. Your degree can help you accomplish your goals, you just have to be willing to get creative and take some risks.