What’s the Point of a Minor?

Many students spend so much time and energy deciding on a major that they often overlook a related and often equally component of their degree plan: What minor, if any, is worth the trouble.

The answer probably depends on your field and employer. One thing is certain however: Choosing the right minor almost always will certainly benefit you, sometimes in a small way, possibly in a more significant way. Here you can find some more benefits of choosing the minor

The Major thing about Minors

While employers will say they give a graduates major course of study more consideration, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the potential edge a well-selected minor can give you.

Especially in business but increasingly in healthcare, a minor in a foreign language or information management systems will distinguish you for promotion to better paying positions beyond the one for which you were hired.

In some cases, having the right minor can serve as a sort of tiebreaker between you and an otherwise equally qualified competitor for the same job.

What's the Point of a Minor?

Which minor is best for you

Choosing the best minor for you to pursue is a complex choice. Some employers suggest you select your minor with a specific future company or industry in mind. Your guidance counselor can help you fine tune this decisions to best complement your career goals.

You can also choose a minor that seems a natural complement to your major “but at the same time doesn’t have too much overlap”, says Voyles. For example, pairing your advertising major with a writing minor or your fashion design major with a marketing minor. Read more about degree and career here

Follow your bliss

There’s another approach to consider: Pick your minor because of the passion you have for a particular topic of study. Job coaches and career advisors both agree on this point. Following and studying a subject you are interested in is never a bad idea. Regardless of the industry you choose, a diversity of education identifies students who are open to new experiences and has the work ethic to follow through.

Often times having a minor gives a student – a prospective employee – a greater depth and breadth in the eyes of prospective employers.