Majoring in Happiness

I am proud to be part of such talented and forward thinking organization as the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). In my NACE leadership role (http://www.bentley.edu/prepared/associate-vice-president-university-career-services-named-nace-board-directors), I will regularly share information on the employment of college graduates, hiring and trends in the job market, best practices and benchmarks with the Bentley community.

One article that recently caught my attention is “Major in Happiness:Debunking the College Major Fallacies” by Michael Edmondson, NACE Journal, February 2016. His thesis is that the major is often viewed as the stepping-stone for a career that can repay loans instead of as the first step to a meaningful life. – See more at: http://www.naceweb.org/j022016/choosing-a-major.aspx?utm_source=twan&utm_medium=email&utm_content=txt-head&utm_campaign=content#sthash.B1bWXiWb.dpuf.

Thank you, Dr. Edmonson, for convening an important conversation around choosing a major, particularly during this season when students often make this critical decision. In my experience working with hundreds of Bentley students and graduates, I agree with his premise that students should declare a major that makes them happy and that doing so increases their chances of “pursuing career paths that ignite their passion, identify with their purpose, and spark a commitment to lifelong learning.” As we question the purpose and responsibility of higher education more broadly, he reminds us, “To major in happiness is to pursue a life of purpose, leadership, and service to others: three traits the world needs more of with each passing day.”

By Susan Sandler Brennan
Susan Sandler Brennan Associate Vice President, University Career Services Susan Sandler Brennan