Tricks to Make Your Degree More Flexible for the Future By Eileen O'Shanassy

Getting your degree of choice should be the first step on the path to your dream career. As times change, the value of your degree might not be what you expected in the current job market, industry, or economy. When this occurs, it’s important that you learn how to be flexible with your education and degree. Fortunately, there are a few concrete steps you can take to make your resume more flexible. Use these ideas during college to make sure you have a plan for the future.

Choose a Minor

For most, the easiest way to make a degree flexible is to choose a minor. A history degree, for example, may not always be the best degree to get a job at a museum, but a history degree coupled with a minor in Classics might make your resume much more attractive for the same position. Likewise, a Western Governors University bachelor’s degree in business can be incredibly useful in a field like Information Technology so long as you have a strong minor in Computer Science. A good minor will force you to do extra work, but it will also open many other paths in your future.

Find the Right Classes

Taking specific, related classes can also help you to get more out of your degree. If you are in law school, for example, it might be wise to take classes that are cross-listed with other graduate schools. By doing so, you’ll be able to honestly claim that your degree experience included training in other areas, and thus makes you qualified for other positions in a way that is unique to you. Cross-listed classes can change the way you look at your own degree and help you to convince future employers of your flexibility.

Change the Language

One of the best ways to make your degree more flexible is to change the way you describe your degree. While you might have a degree in business management, you might go on to describe how the degree primarily focused on human resources, economics, or managing relationships. Your degree is more flexible when you can see how it can be applied to other areas of work.

Flexibility with a degree all comes down to marketing. Understanding what employers want and how you can present yourself will change how employers view you and your degree. If you are willing to put in a bit of extra work, take some extra classes and re-conceptualize how you view your own course of study, you should be able to get much more out of your college degree.

Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.