Getting into a field having no connection with academic degree

Your degree may no longer point to your future career. More and more individuals are entering fields that have little or no connection with their academic degree

When N enrolled for engineering after his twelfth, it seemed like the most logical decision. But three years down the line, he realized that he had swallowed a bitter pill. N began losing interest in the subject and was almost disillusioned. He saw no future for him self in that field. But not being the kind to give up easily, he completed the course and also managed to find a suitable job in a reputed company. However, after a year of work, he decided to quit the company and start afresh. He tried to make it work but deep within, knew that his interest lies in media. Taking the plunge was no easy task as he had no background knowledge of the media field. All he knew was he wanted to travel and put forth his experiences through writing, says N with a degree in electronics and telecommunication.

Despite his inexperience working against him, he has successfully managed to get a job in a famous publication and plans to become a travel writer soon. He is very happy in this field. It’s some thing that he loves doing and glad it worked for him.

Companies too have a large number of employees who have gotten academic degrees in a particular subject, but have eventually entered a field that is completely irrelevant to what they have studied. Companies have several such employees in our organization. Most of them are performing well. For instance, a person with a B.Sc degree in zoology is heading the technical team, a MBA – HR co-heading Business Alliances etc.

For H, it was his love for geology that made him acquire not only a B Sc degree in it, but also a Master’s as well. The 23 year old now works for a production house that is mainly involved in shooting documentaries and short films. Filming and photography were always his passion but never got the opportunity to pursue it. But when he found out that there’s a vacancy in that unit, he decided to go for it.

So does this disparity have an impact on work productivity? This kind of disparity does not make much of a difference as long as the attitude is right and there is a willingness to learn. Their degree matters to an extent, but when it comes to practical matters it is all about how the person reacts to it. They are the decision makers today; it may be their ability to adopt change that is helping them to take up more responsibility.

But companies are taking no chances. Training and development is a part and parcel of a new entrant’s initiation into the organization. They do require a certain amount of training. Their performance tends to increase as and when it is imparted to them. However, training is fundamentally a constant; we recommend that they attend workshops seminars and any such events. Many experts attribute this tendency to the following reasons:

1) Academic degree selection goes as per availability
2) Enormous ‘private courses’ enhances the opportunity to get into different fields.
3) Vivid growth opportunities in various jobs help makes people look for new avenues.

This trend catching up in the job market, there may soon come a time when getting into a field that you have a degree in will be a rarity.