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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
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MAILED: July 9, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — For kindergartners, deciding what they want to do when they grow up is as simple as picking out their favorite dream.
In reality, choosing a major and eventual career requires a lot more planning, including looking at the job market and understanding the employment potential after graduation. And the choice goes a long way in determining the student's future.
Jim Oleson, a career counselor for Academic and Career Services at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, said that while there's a higher demand in some fields than in others, the employment outlook for practically all majors is positive.
"By all means, you don't have to major in something someone is trying to pressure you into because it looks like there's going to be a lot of jobs," Oleson said.
He said companies are looking for people with broad backgrounds who have the ability to learn quickly on the job.
"Companies are willing and prefer to teach those people who are able to learn technical areas," he said. "I think with the younger people with active minds, it's easier to train."
Oleson said a foreign language always is beneficial, especially when taken with another major. The fields of management information systems, computer science and accounting almost always are open because of the high number of workers needed in those areas.
Michael Wilson, the chair of the accounting and finance department, said because so much of business involves accounting, it's always a good field in which to be involved.
"Accounting is often referred to as the language of business, and by having a background of accounting, you have an understanding of what goes into business," Wilson said.
Oleson said students should choose majors based on what they want to do, not because of the employment possibilities.
"We're going to spend a lot of time in the workforce and if we can't enjoy what we do ... we're going to be difficult to live with," he said.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: July 8, 1998