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Do You Regret Your Degree?

G. Shrivastava

November 16, 2022

Did you know that 44% of all current job seekers with college degrees regret their college major choice? According to recent survey by ZipRecruiter, job seekers' confidence in their degrees in strongly linked to their job prospects.

Computer Science graduates are in high demand across the world, so it goes without saying that Computer & Information Science degrees are the least regretted, followed closely by degrees in Engineering, Business Administration & Finance, Health, Psychology and even Human Resources.

So which degrees do students regret?

While Journalism tops the list of most regretted degrees with 87% expressing their disappointment at their choice of majors, students of Sociology, Language and Literature, Communication, Political Science, and even Marketing Management seem to regret their majors.

What can you do if you made the wrong choice of majors?

Your choice of degree may seem fatalistic, but it's not really the end of the road for you. While it is important to have a college degree, and the right degree often paves the path to future success, it is not the only factor in professional success.

Success in the new economy is a combination of the right education and a high degree of learning agility which enables you to upgrade your skills set, acquire new skills and constantly reinvent yourself to stay on top of your game. A computer science graduate won't go far if they don't update their knowledge of the latest trends in technology.

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How can you future-proof your career?

🚀 Develop your digital and technical skills: In an increasingly digitalised world, it is no longer an option to have limited tech skills. Digital literacy is crucial, but it's also important to be familiar with coding, virtual whiteboards, wearable technology, and AI.

🚀 Build your professional network: Make the effort to develop relationships and build a professional network that extends beyond your immediate connections at school and work. Tap into this network as the landscape of work changes, so that you can be aware of the new skills, technologies and strategies required to steer your career in the right direction.

🚀 Think global: Multi-national organisations, remote work and diversity are the leading characteristics of the new economy. When you're planning the next steps in your career, think beyond your local community and be open to exploring new attitudes and techniques. Working in the global economy is the secret to success in the new economy.

🚀 Develop high learning agility and be open to change: Build your ability to acquire new skills in order to weather disappointment and turbulence in the uncertain times ahead.The recession, coupled with the turbulence in the geo-political situation in the world, and the disruptions in the tech and finance industry have made it difficult to predict the future. Irrespective of your education and degree, it is now crucial to learn how to land on your feet and survive every storm.

🚀 Develop a comprehensive set of skills: Ensure that your professional profile includes both technical and durable skills (leadership, communication, innovation, critical thinking...) which will be relevant for the future. Developing a wide range of competencies, skills and abilities can help you future-proof your career. Track the latest trends in the job market and learn about the most relevant career paths and skills by signing up for the micro-lessons on Adaptiv.