This is a common question people go through when figuring out their career plans. “Is a business degree necessary? Should I major in Finance?”
To answer it, we should first define “necessary.” Necessary for what? This is the hardest thing to figure out because that answer is likely both fluid and uncertain.
We do not *really* know what our future holds — therefore “optimizing” to “set us up” for that future is very challenging.
The best we can hope to do is build a framework or system around what we like. What I mean is that we can put controls and factors in place to always be measuring whether or not we are living up to our self imposed standards.
So..to answer this question..I’d first ask yourself what you define as necessary. Do you want a certain type of job? Do you want to be an investment banker? Do you want to be a consultant? Do you want to work as a doctor? Do you want to start your own company? Work at a small or big company?
There are lots of questions around this issue and you will likely not come to a complete answer in any one sitting.
But that is okay. It is supposed to be challenging to answer. The thing we rarely come to terms with is that there may never be a definite answer. We just have to pick what is best.
Now to really answer the question — I’d say no. You do not *really* need any certain major in fact to get the job you want. Most jobs do not have real pre-recs. They have recommended things that most of the people at the company did while they were in school, etc. My advice: do what you like and what challenges you. While doing so, surround yourself with the best people possible.
Focus on learning to learn in school. The world is changing so quickly, the skills we need in the workforce does too! Truly the only safeguard we have against this change is being able to pick up new skills quickly. Take courses that challenge you but also on things that you are passionate about!