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Students more confident after Majors Roundtable

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

LAWRENCE — The Major Roundtable was an event for pre-business or students who have not yet decided on a business major. It allowed students to connect with graduating seniors who outlined their major and shared personal experiences from the classroom and the workplace.

"I hadn't even heard of most of the majors, so I got to learn about all my options," said Pamela Carper, pre-business freshman. "It was nice to hear from people who are where we will be soon."

A senior from each business major shared their experiences in the classroom and how that translates as they enter the job market and discover the jobs that are available and in high-demand. The seven majors in the business school are accounting, business administration, finance, information systems, management and leadership, marketing, and supply chain management.

"The seniors gave great description of their majors, some of the best I've heard," said David Byrd-Stadler, Business Career Services Center. "The students who came out tonight are lucky."

The seniors shared their struggles to settle on a major when they had little insight about what was offered and what they wanted to pursue. Many changed their majors after the first year of major-specific courses.

One senior consulted with a trusted professor who helped her settle on a major that would fit her strengths.

"If there would have been an event like this when I was deciding on a major, it would have been helpful because I was confused about what I wanted to do and I really had no one to talk to," said Courtney Sheldon, supply chain management senior.

Sheldon said the face-to-face interaction the students had with the seniors was relaxed and helpful. Advisors and professors do not always have the best advice because they may be exposed to only a small part of the major, unlike students who have first-hand experiences.

"The students who came to the event are awesome and I'm glad they are making an investment in their education and career," Byrd-Stadler said. "Hopefully they will make better decisions because of this."

"What Can I Do with a Major in…" handouts can be found online here or at the Business Career Services Center in 125 Summerfield.

"The handouts are a great starting point for academic and career planning," Byrd-Stadler said.

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