Throughout my life, my father was always pressuring me to become a business major at University of Southern California. The plan was to finish a JC in 2 years, transfer to USC’s Marshall School of Business, join a sorority, find a guy, work in the corporate world…You know how the story goes. Business was not what I intended to study. I excelled at the arts.
So when I got accepted into University of Texas at Austin as an Art Education major, I was thrilled. I decided to double major in Business, partly because my father wanted me to and partly because I knew I wanted to work for myself in the future. I decided I was going to pay my $12K pricetag elsewhere and moved to Texas to gain residency. During my first few months on my own working low-paying jobs, I got a call from my mother about a program called Praxis. They take young adults mostly within their young 20s and turn them into entrepreneurs pertaining to what their passion is. I was ecstatic when I landed the program. My father was not convinced.
Before I had made the switch to Praxis, I got me thinking about the important questions to living a successful life. If I didn’t become a business major would I be unable to own my own business? Was it necessary to spend $12K a year for a piece of paper that claimed I completed business courses? If so, would I get a job? Is business the major I really need to be studying? What were my other options?
I did my research. About 40% of graduates were unable to find a job after graduating, which was extremely scary compared to the incoming class of freshman. In the states, 56% of the population who attend college graduate in six years. The odds are not on your side for a major price tag.
Secondly, was the “business” major really that important? Business majors are the most popular majors practiced, which means you have to do something worth wild to prove yourself. In a recent article by Anders Berg Poulsen called, “Why the Future Business Leaders Need Philosophy”, he claims that philosophers have more of an opportunity for growth regarding entrepreneurial efforts. Problem solving and critical thinking are both characteristics that philosophers excel in as well as what hiring managers are looking for.
If so, what truly looks good on a resume? I have a friend who denied his acceptances to fantastic colleges and attended junior college instead. He created his own small business on the side called DipYourRide as a project. After tons of practice and exploring his entrepreneurial network, his project became a business and excelled in being one of the three best detailing car companies in San Diego according to Fox. The thing is, hiring managers will choose someone who has four years in experience (interning or creating a project) rather than someone who spent the last four years shotgunning beers while barely managing to pass his courses.
I’m sorry Papa, I’m not business major material. I’m an entrepreneur, I’m an Artist, and I’m a Philosopher. All of which whom can help me be one successful 20 year old.