Students of America, I’m coming to you live from the center of the universe, also known as the Beta Alpha Psi Midwest Regional Conference in downtown Chicago. Protiviti is proud to support BAP (or Beta, to some) as a member of the international advisory forum. Our position on the forum enables me to attend this conference and interact with my favorite kind of student: the student who is happy with the major that he or she has chosen to study.
Hard to believe, but I was once a student choosing my major, struggling with the many options available, all of which seemed perfectly viable. Back then, my dad, in all his wisdom, advised me to study what I love. To this day, I blame and celebrate him for that advice, as it is what convinced me to major in English (as a reader of this blog, you can blame him in your own way also).
As a candidate, your professional development starts with confidence in the major that you have selected and an active interest in the career paths that open up to you as a result. As a recruiter, I am never happier than when I meet a candidate who is truly fascinated with his or her chosen field. Through professional organizations like BAP, you can become part of a community that shares that passion for its line of work. Even as an English major in an accounting world, I can appreciate that sentiment today, and I encourage all of you to go out and find it.