The path from major to career is not always as obvious (or straightforward) as we might think.
This graphic below illustrates that phenomenon. We took three years of Lawrence graduate data. Using a circle graph, we plotted on the left side of the circle what Lawrentians studied as undergraduates, and connected on the right side what their first step was after graduation.
Left side: student major
Right side: first career step
Take biology majors, for example. Not only do they enter the medical field, but also the fields of consulting, finance, and management. History majors go on to pursue education, social and religious services, sales, or continue their education in grad school. Music performance majors not only pursue careers in music, but in medicine and law, too.
The graph also works in reverse. For example, you can see that students who have gone into management (at the 4:00 position on the graph) have started as English majors as well as government, psychology and economics.
This is what we mean when we say that a Lawrence education prepares you to thrive in a rapidly changing world.