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Don't Be Defined By Your College Major (Podcast)

On February 21, 2018, The Niche Movement founder Kevin O’ Connell delivered a keynote for Rhode Island College as part of their inaugural Majors Week programming on how students can take control of their story and not be defined solely by their major.

In this 35-minute keynote, Kevin opens up with a personal story he has never shared in public.

In May 2006, Kevin graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he majored in marketing. After college, he enrolled in graduate school but quickly dropped out. Later on, Kevin worked at Centenary College where he worked full-time in their student affairs division, and a year later finally decided to start a Master's degree in Leadership.

Kevin’s main message in this keynote is that you are not defined by your major. You will find your niche and the career you love.

In this podcast, Kevin mentions people like Eppa Rixey and Megan Gebhart, who have pursued careers that differed from their college majors and are thriving. If you realize that your major is not something you want to pursue a career in, then take risks, and do things that will redefine what exactly you want to do. To redefine what you want to do, know your strengths, know who you are, and know what motivates you.

Listen to the full unedited keynote here: 


This post is written by The Niche Movement founder Kevin O'Connell and cross-posted from The Niche Movement, a community of young professionals helping you find the work you love. The Niche Movement is a collaborating partner with Punch-In.

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Comment by Adrienne Kleinman on September 17, 2018 at 4:49am

This was an INCREDIBLE listen! It made me feel inspired to want to reach out to any individual or business that I admire and connect with them. All it takes is one person to recognize you, present you to their network, and the rest is history. Thank you, once again, to Kevin!

Comment by Katie Burger on August 30, 2018 at 7:25pm

This rings so true to my journey, thus far! I really didn't know what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to work until I got out there and just started working. I transitioned jobs a lot in the beginning following my graduation, and at first felt like that meant I was failing, but I've learned SO much from those experiences and they've brought me to where I am now and I couldn't be happier :) Thanks for sharing!

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