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Does Your Minor Matter?

Does Your Minor Matter?

Peter Vogt/Monster Contributing Writer

Many students spend so much energy deciding on college majors that they sometimes overlook a related – and sometimes equally important – question: What minor, if any, should you choose?

As with so many career issues you’ll face during the college years, there is no straightforward correct answer. Insofar as prospective employers are concerned, it all depends.

But one thing is certain: Choosing the right minor always benefits you somehow — sometimes just in a small way, but quite possibly in a more significant fashion.

A Minor’s Major Benefits

Most employers will tell you that your college major is more important than your minor, and many employers will stress that hands-on experience gained during college is the most critical hiring variable of all. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore the potential edge a well-selected minor can give you.

“Minors do matter and could well help to shape the future path a career will take or even open some possibilities for careers one might hope for,” says Nancy Monti, a human resources professional with the Milwaukee office of Extendicare Health Services.

Extendicare is a large healthcare organization that hires clinical specialists such as nurses and therapists. According to Monti, some of these employees go on to become managers in the organization – not only in their own specialties but facility-wide.

“The clinicians we hire with, maybe, a minor in business or computer systems, or who speak Spanish can be extremely attractive,” Monti says. “The same is true for more generalist hires in accounting or finance. A minor in computer science, or a foreign language for that matter, might enable the student to work on special projects and hybrid teams, and in some cases gain access to opportunities that might not have developed had it not been for an added depth of specialization.”

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