Customer question on: Why are you looking for a job that’s not related to your major
I’m switching fields and the job I am going after is not related to my major. How should I handle this question when if it comes up during a job interview?
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Don’s answer on: How to explain why you are looking for a job that is not related to your major
Why are you looking for a job in a field that’s not related to your major?
It’s not uncommon for students to change their major and after four years of college, you may only then realize that you have no interest in your chosen career. Or, you may have majored in Economics because you had no idea what you even wanted to do. Its okay, you can’t be expected to figure out what you are going to do for the rest of your life before going to college.
You can only expect this question if your major is way off base with the position at hand. For example, if you majored in Economics and you are applying for a computer programming position, this question is sure to come up.
Don’t panic, this is not a show stopper. Just explain to the interviewer that you have made some changes to your career goals and have decided to pursue another direction because you believe you are better suited for computer programming and then explain why.
1. “Although I majored in Economics, I feel that my computer programming skills in Java are a perfect match for this job. All throughout college I have been working as a freelance programmer in my spare time and have written hundreds of Java based programs for small companies.