You often hear it said that college minors “aren’t really that important,” or that employers don’t necessarily care about what you minored in during your undergraduate career.
Still, many college students pursue a minor for a variety of reasons. Most decide there’s a niche they want to explore further for their own personal reasons. After all, when else can you take 18 credits worth of courses simply because you find them interesting, like ancient Mediterranean studies, music performance, or philosophy?
Your minor might not be something you think about often, but it can be a supplement to your skillset even after college. Below are four ways you can be sure to get the most out of your minor in the workforce:
1. Choose a minor that compliments your major.
It’s not always wise to choose a minor “just for the fun of it.” Instead, try selecting one that helps to enhance or improve upon your major and future job prospects. For instance, a journalism major may find a sociology minor gives them the leg up when competing for jobs because, as a journalist, they’ll likely write about related topics.
2. Point out in job interviews how your minor has helped you.
Minors can say a lot about a person when it comes to their personality and interests. Don’t let yours just sit on your resume – let your potential employer know how it makes you different or how it’s broadened your skillset. It may not be the ticket to getting a job, but take any advantage you can to stand out from other applicants.
3. Use your minor as a way to innovate at work.
Often, the subjects college grads studied for their minors are useful, but the skillsets they acquired don’t come into play a lot in the workforce. Use your minor as a way to show your dedication at work. For instance, if you completed a Spanish minor and are working as an admissions counselor at a college or university, suggest creating a section on the website for Spanish speakers, and offer to help with the translations. Your minor could be the source of valuable information for your company.
4. Start a side project.
Use your minor as a springboard to make a bit of extra cash or build your resume in your free time. Photography minor? Offer to shoot a friend’s senior pictures or graduation photos. Media studies minor? Start a media critique blog. Sociology minor? Volunteer at a nonprofit. Minors often offer hidden opportunities for promising projects.
You don’t have to stop using your minor just because you graduated. Use these steps to make the most out of the subject you studied. Good luck!
What are other benefits of your college minor? Let us know below how you’ve used yours.