I talk often about the importance of paying attention to the trends. Over the last decade we have experienced huge changes in trends of all kinds, not just the obvious of the day, “What’s trending on Twitter.” I’m talking trends in careers and how that impacts new majors at universities, degrees and technical program certifications.
When television programs like Law and Order, CSI and a host of other crime shows hit it big, universities responded to the increased interest and demand by offering more programs in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice. When the market collapsed and millions of people went back to school, what new major was hot on the scene, Entrepreneurship! People needed to reinvent themselves and find new opportunities. While it hasn’t been for everyone, it does feed a niche market.
So what’s hot in Business schools now? Analytics! Yep, the study of business data and there is lots of it! Click here for an article in The Wall Street Journal, “Big Data Gets Master Treatment at B-Schools”.
Paying attention to the trends allows you to make informed decisions. After all, when you choose a college or a major you are making decisions that impact your earning potential, potential satisfaction and quality of life. Doing your homework can pay big dividends in ways far greater than a paycheck! It may be a great new trend, but is it right for you?
Got a question about what else is trending in career fields and what is the best fit for you? Contact me.