Tips for Choosing a Major from SU Students

Compiled by Tracy Tillapaugh and Shannon Andre, ’09

Major Mixer Panel & Discussion
– Students in 235 Schine during the Major Mixer & Panel

During our Major Mixer event on Wednesday, October 23, we heard many great tips about how students chose their major here at Syracuse University.

Here are six tips that may help you as you determine your academic major:

  1. Take some courses and see if you can picture yourself in the field. You really never know if you’ll like a particular field until you try it!
  2. Sometimes experience can help you decide what you DON’T want to do. One student interned at a company and realized that the field wasn’t for him.
  3. Major doesn’t always equal your career. For example, you can major in psychology but work in marketing or human resources. There are multiple paths for every career.
  4. Get involved on campus in clubs, academic programs (such as McNair Scholars), organizations or with an on-campus job. You don’t have to wait to have an internship to get experience.
  5. A word of caution: don’t just live your major 24/7, make sure to try out other things that interest you that aren’t 100% relevant to your major.
  6. Sometimes you know what you want to do from a young age, it’s okay to be happy and assertive in that decision.

For help with deciding on a major, check out the career research resources on our website!

Deloitte Business Technology Analyst Marc Squire, '11 shares Case Interview tips

Marc made it through & so can you!

Recent SU grad Marc Squire, ’11 shares with you some of his experiences interviewing for his current position with Deloitte Consulting.

As I sat in the career center waiting room for my interview with Deloitte Consulting, I made it a point to talk with other students who were waiting to interview as well.  This helped to calm my nerves and to take my mind off of thinking about how I could mess up the interview.  It’s always better to go into an interview as relaxed as possible so that it doesn’t seem like an interrogation, but rather a conversation between you and the interviewer.  (Remember interviewers are not robots; they’re people too!)  When my name was called, I walked over to the person I would be interviewing with, gave them a FIRM handshake, looked them in the eye, and introduced myself.  Again, I gave a FIRM handshake!

Since I was unable to attend Deloitte’s case workshop before my interview, case studies were new to me.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but luckily I was able to rely on my academic background and different methodologies I had learned in my iSchool classes.  A case interview is a style of interviewing used primarily by consulting firms to see what your thought process is like when faced with a problem-solving scenario.  (Check out the Career Center’s Interviewing  page for more resources!)  Overall, the case interview is tough, but it’s certainly nothing to be afraid of.

Here are a few things to remember to help you succeed with this style of interview:

  1. Study practice case problems (Deloitte offers samples here).
  2. Attend Deloitte’s on-campus information sessions and case workshop.
  3. Dress to impress and give a firm handshake.
  4. Take notes and make sure you fully understand the problem at hand.
  5. Don’t give up!!! Keep asking questions if you get stuck.
  6. Talk through your thought process out loud so the interviewer can see your logic.
  7. DON’T CRY!!! You will make it out alive!

I hope these tips help and good luck to everyone interviewing!

What experiences do you have with case interviewing? What tips would you share with others preparing for an interview with a consulting company?