What’s in a Major? Exploring Your Degree and Major Effectively

Photo of a professional latina at an office.Congratulations! You have made the right choice in making CMC your college of choice. Now, you may be wondering what bachelor degree pathway to take, or what might be career opportunities in either the Business Administration or Sustainability fields? Look no further — the resources and information provided for you on this page will get you off to the right start.

Keep in mind some essential points when choosing your area of interest:

One

MAJOR ≠ CAREER

Your college major will place very few limitations on the job choices available to you after graduation. Both bachelor degrees from CMC will allow you the opportunity to get hired in an enormous variety of different job fields.

For Sustainability Majors:

Graduates of the Sustainability degree programs are in rapid demand. Green industries are flocking to Colorado, and the state’s clean energy industry is booming. Career options in Sustainability include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Energy Consultants
  • Higher Education Instructors
  • Public Sectors
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Government Work
  • Researchers
  • CEO’s
  • Engineers-Environmental/Pollution Control
  • Urban Planning
  • Marketing
  • Business Manager
  • Lawyer-Environmental
  • Culinary Arts

For the full list please see to the Sustainability Related Careers (pdf).

For Business Administration Majors:

CMC Business Administration Bachelor of Science graduates are open to unlimited opportunities to enter careers in both the public and private sectors. This degree program is in demand across the board in areas such as:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Advertising Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Analyst
  • Cost Estimator
  • Hotel/Motel Manager

  • Importer/Exporter
  • Investment Analyst
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Order Clerk
  • Purchaser
  • Restaurant/Bar Manager
  • Retail Store Manager

For the full list please see the Business Administration Related Careers (pdf).

Two

It’s no secret that you will excel in a major that you intrinsically enjoy. When it comes time to choose a career or look for a job, you are more likely to succeed bringing enthusiasm, good grades and a clearer sense of your own interests to the process.

Conversely, if you choose a major based on economic concerns or predictions about future career openings you may find that, at some point in the future, the economy has changed and the career you prepared for is no longer in demand or obsolete (See upcoming Point 3).

For more information or to take assessments offered by the Career Services office, please email careerservices@coloradomtn.edu to request assistance in getting your major/career exploration journey started. Assessments offered:

  • Myers Briggs Personality Indicator
  • The Strong Inventory-based on your values, interests, and skills
  • CHOICES
  • C.O.P. (Certificates of Occupational Proficiency)

Three

It is absolutely necessary to develop “transferable skills,” also known as “soft skills,” through internships, volunteer services, and extra-curricular activities, as well as through your courses to be successful in your career journey.

Transferable skills are those that employers value, no matter the job or career field. Some examples include, but are not limited to, leadership skills, organizational strengths, multi-tasking capabilities, listening skills, teamwork and attention to detail. Career Services welcomes the opportunity to work with you in learning about and developing your transferrable skills.

Four

To attain an edge over the future job candidate competitors, take classes outside your major to enhance and/or boost your training and knowledge such as foreign language, computer science or communications.

Got questions? Contact Career Services or your regional site counselor to assist you in clarifying your career development inquiries.