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USING YOUR DEGREE
How Do I Make Full Use of My Bachelor's Degree?

A Bachelor's degree is the beginning requirement for most professional employment or professional service opportunities. This gives you a broad liberal education and a specific specialization in a major and/or minor or selected electives. But you will need more.

Basic knowledge—Take advantage of your general education requirements! Your college courses will help you gain excellent skills in many areas, such as:

  • Good math skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Oral communication
  • Interpersonal competence
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Critical thinking skills
  • High moral and ethical standards

Work Experience—Any experience can help, but take advantage of opportunities related more specifically to your professional goals.

Foreign Languages—Foreign language skills can help you stick out to employers

  • Speak, read, and/or write

Computing and Information Skills

  • Computer literacy, which includes word processing, spreadsheet skills and internet experience

Extra-curricular/Leadership ExperienceBYUSA has lots of opportunities to get involved in student leadership. There are also other options, such as:

  • Church
  • Volunteer
  • Student government
  • Community

International Experiences—BYU has international programs offered in many locations. They have four types of international experiences offered to students, such as:

  • Study abroad
  • International internships
  • Direct Enrollment
  • Field School

Preparation to Transition to the Workplace—Contact BYU Career Services for information about companies, corporations, and organizations. Their department can help you with many other things, such as:

  • Confidence
  • People skills/interviewing skills/networking ability
  • Knowledge of employers
  • Ability to help employers see how your experience fits with what they need
  • Resume and cover letter
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Informational interviews, etc.

List of Highly-Sought Career Competencies