Pop culture major- what job/career can you get under the pop culture major?

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ap2010:  Bowling Green University says this:

The popular culture major allows students to build on a core of popular culture courses and a carefully selected minor, such as sociology, journalism, women’s studies, ethnic studies, history and others to prepare for a variety of careers. Typically, students prepare for careers in such fields as advertising, public relations, journalism, mass media (management, performance, production and marketing), teaching, library and museum work. While graduates in popular culture may find themselves competing against specialized graduates in fields like marketing and journalism, they have the advantage of possessing both specialized training and general analytical skills.

Personally, given the phenomenal number of unemployed university graduates, I think it might qualify you for “Do you want fries with that?”

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No job. Do not pay to get that major. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

McDonald’s. Or maybe Wendy’s.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would double major or minor in this along with Communications.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ap2010:  Julie’s research is interesting: “While graduates in popular culture may find themselves competing against specialized graduates in fields like marketing and journalism, they have the advantage of possessing both specialized training and general analytical skills.”

I fail to see the advantage, as marketing kids have specialized traning and general analytical skills, as do journalism kids. So popular culture kids have no differentiating advantage.

I would find people whose jobs you might want someday. Have informational interviews with them. Lots of informational interviews. Then work backwards to where you are today. Roadmap for your dream career achieved.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

bitsybee:  Remember that Bowling Green, like all universities when promoting their courses, cites only the best possible outcomes. They are never going to say “You will face stiff competition from those with better or more specific qualifications.”

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Ap2010:  Don’t listen to the people who say fast food or no job. People rarely get a job in the field that they study anyway. Just make sure you take the proper classes and pick a really good minor (or even double major with something!), and make sure you GET AN INTERNSHIP OR MULTIPLE. The most important thing to do is get your degree and get experience while doing it. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

julies1949: Agreed + good for the OP to know. I should have been explicit when I said that it would not be a differentiator in any meaningful way. 

OP, I second soontobebee:‘s advice. Also, try not to make more work for your manager — try to spend 5 minutes thinking through or Googling something before asking for help. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

<<People rarely get a job in the field that they study anyway.>>

I’m not sure that’s true.  I think people in the STEM fields usually end up employeed in their fields of study. In non-STEM fields it may be more common to find non-degree related jobs.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My theory (and others are free to disagree) is that if at the end of your studies you can’t say “I am a _____” (fill in the blank with teacher, social worker, doctor, lawyer, journalist etc, etc) then it may not be as valuable as the money you are paying for it.

Here in Australia doing something like a pop culture major would be in the Bachelor of Arts field, and not a great course if you want a career out of it. And no, having a bachelor of Arts does not make you an artist in this case, fulfilling my earlier statement 😛

I am all for people studying for the lust of learning and because you are passionate about the field- but lots of things at uni are not going to help in the competitive jobmarket.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Ap2010:  My ex-boyfriend did popular music (I guess it’s probably quite different, but the closest I know of), he’s now a primary school teacher.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I’m currently studying for my MA in folkloristics and popular culture and wonder the same. Thank god there are no fees in my country. I guess you could be a professor, work in a library…I’m thinking of a thesis about gender so I that I may go down that road later.

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