Taking care of business for non-business majors
The Career Center has implemented a new program this semester titled “Lunch and Learn,” which is part of a series of programming called “Business Careers for Non-Business Majors.” The “Business Careers for Non-Business Majors” series is not new to Seton Hall and will be continued next year.
“We wanted to make sure we were getting information to students who are not majoring in business,” Reesa Greenwald, the associate director for the Career Center said. “We decided to look for employers and alumni to come on campus and talk about all of the opportunities that exist in their industry for students who are liberal arts majors.”
According to Greenwald, the main purpose of the “Business Careers for Non-Business Majors” series is to make students more aware of what they can do with their various majors upon graduation.
“It’s not about the jobs themselves, it is more about career exploration,” Greenwald said. At the “Lunch and Learn” events, students were able to connect with professionals in various business fields who were not business majors when they were undergraduates.
“They came and spoke to students about their story and also about all the different career paths within their industry,” Amie Donahue, the assistant director for Career and Experimental Education said.
According to Donahue, at the three “Lunch and Learns” hosted this semester, a pharmaceutical company and insurance company were represented. Additionally, someone with a journalism background spoke.
The “Lunch and Learns” are not the only programs offered in the “Business Careers for Non-Business Majors” series. The Career Center also puts on panels where students can, again, make connections to how their major does not necessarily limit them to what kind of career they can have.
“Although you may be learning modern languages or things pertaining to communication fields, it really is transferrable and can pertain even to the business field,” Sandra Vilariño, assistant director for Career and Experimental Education said, “it is our job to communicate that to students, and that is why we have these programs, so it is not coming just from us but from the people who actually do it.”
According to Greenwald, the series has had positive responses from the faculty and employers, “who want to come to campus and connect with students.” In addition, all three, Greenwald, Donahue, and Vilariño, stressed that these events are open to all majors.
“Your major is important to a student individually but for a career path it is more about your skills set or what your interests are and how those work together,” Donahue said. She added that whenever there is a new career event on campus she will message the students she works with, regardless of major.
While the series is geared towards Non-Business majors, as evidenced by the title, all the events are open to any student who would like to attend.
“We want to help students position themselves in the best way possible for the career or internship they are interested in,” Greenwald said, “this was a series of programming that we did to make sure that info was put out there for students who are not business majors who say, ‘what am I going to do with this major?'”
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